That’s SoCal: Day 2

feat image: Hillcrest sign

I woke up to a fairly quiet, beautiful, sunny day, and I couldn’t have been happier. I was excited for whatever San Diego had to offer me. I loved not knowing what we were doing for the day and not having to worry about anything school-related.

My wonderful friends, Jasmine and Eric, made us breakfast. We came up with a plan to explore places that were a good walking distance away. We decided to check out North Park and Hillcrest. These areas are so chill and artsy. There was art everywhere!

A mermaid mural

A painted electric box

We went to North Park first. We stopped at this cute, quiet cafe that I never knew the name of. Sorry. I’ve tried to find out what it was called, but I haven’t had any luck. I got this delicious Iced Raspberry Mocha drink. OMG. I didn’t think it was going to be that good, but it was! I wish I could’ve gone back to get another one at some point. I actually think it was better than most of the frappuccinos I’ve had at Starbucks. (Shhh. Don’t tell them I said that.)

Baristas at a Hillcrest, San Diego coffee shop

Iced Raspberry Mocha frappuccino
Iced Raspberry Mocha

After walking around North Park, we decided to turn around and head to Hillcrest, which is an area known for their LGBT community. This place was very artsy as well. Hillcrest was beautiful just like North Park. I couldn’t help but look around and take in all of it and the chill vibes.

Hillcrest's sign

Rainbow bicycles in Hillcrest, San Diego

We walked…and walked. Then, I saw it.

Jack-in-the-Box. Another food gem on that side of the country. One thing I absolutely loved about this place was that they serve breakfast all day. Yeah. You read that right. It was like a dream come true!

One of San Diego's Jack-in-the-Box

A Jack-in-the-Box bag and drink

I ordered a Ultimate Breakfast Sandwich since I was so excited about all-day breakfast. Ham, bacon, eggs, and cheese…oh my goodness. It was the best breakfast sandwich I had ever had. Thank goodness I don’t have any really close to me because I would have to resist the urge to go more than I should.

Later that day, we decided to go to Sunset Cliffs Park, which is known for its scenery. It was very cloudy when we arrived. I was hoping that it wouldn’t prevent us from seeing a beautiful, colorful California sunset, but it did. We were still blessed with a beautiful sight.

Sunset at Sunset Cliffs in San Diego, CA
Sunset at Sunset Cliffs in San Diego, CA

wide shot of ocean

Cliffs at Sunset Cliffs in San Diego, CA

I was in awe as I took in what I was experiencing. The ocean breeze, the sound of the waves crashing into the cliffs and rocks… I couldn’t have experienced this with greater people. Often, I hear about how important it is to be present, just living in the moment. I heard it a lot during my last two years of high school but didn’t understand how to do it. I thought there was something to it. At that moment, I was around people I love experiencing a place I had always wanted to visit. I didn’t have to force myself to live in the moment. It just happened. Naturally.

friends at Sunset Cliffs in San Diego

A woman at Sunset Cliffs in San Diego, CA

Day 3 was also filled with awesome California gems.