First – A brief reflection on traveling
If you have seen my other recent post, you might notice that a large portion of my travels are spent in parks and areas with stunning landscape often displaced from metropolitan areas. I do not necessarily have a preference on either, and I have the privilege to have experienced both.
In the United States, I am more inclined to appreciate the calm and preserved vast wild nature that are present in the many parks around the US. Traveling in National or State parks is a much more ground to earth experience filled with soggy ramen and food scrapes (although no camping for us – we’re not quite there).
To me, cities in the US are less integrated with history and antiquity; which are much more evident in cities abroad. Here, it is more about the experiencing the new, the modern, the advanced; this experience comes with the price of losing peace within foot traffic and car traffic, likely rude encounters with strangers, and general inability to calmly and fully take in the surroundings. With that being said, I greatly enjoyed my two visits (2018, 2019) to San Diego and the many different experiences there.
Both times, I stayed in small motels in the Little Italy district. I absolutely adore Little Italy and really value the ability to easily walk to the block in the morning and night time.
*quarantine thought – I love open markets whether thats huge farmers markets, local farmers market, or street stalls. I feel for the families who’s livelihoods may have been permanently displaced as I am sure the function of open markets will forever be changed. I hope to be able to support them through this time and look forward to their return.
Little Italy Farmers Market
I love walking within the stalls that are so neatly packed outside the Little Italy restaurants. The air is fresh and there’s always great people watching (and food watching)
Torrey Pines State Park
I never boast of physical ability or endurance for a reason. I have an embarrassing low level of cardiac endurance. Hikes that are described as “relatively level and easy” on park website are actually translated to – sweat soaked hunched over physical activity in my world. As I worked myself up the hill that LEADS to the beginning of the Torrey Pines many different hikes, I could not help but notice the many joggers, joggers with children in strollers, joggers with children on their back, joggers holding a full conversation between each other – that could overtake my pace at least a few times. It has always been my goal to improve my cardiac endurance with the aim of never being held back during travel or otherwise, by my physical ability. I hope to update with positive improvement in the future.
The hike we took was the Beach Trail which looped back down to the beach side. The trail closes after a certain time due to the tide and also closes if there is rain, I would suggest checking beforehand. The hike has beautiful panoramic views of the beach along with the rocky cliffs unique to San Diego.
Tip – park in the spots parallel to the beach before entering the official park lot, it will save you ~$20 in parking fees
Thanks for visiting – stay anticipated for a part 2 and *possible part 3* San Diego blog with further reflections (rants) on city travel!