I can't stop thinking about our recent trip to San Diego/Orange County/Coronado Island. Confession: I didn't know Coronado existed. And the iconic landmark, the Hotel Del Coronado, is where "Some Like It Hot" was filmed, and I confess I have never seen that movie either.
We enjoyed EVERY SECOND of this vacation.
Highlights for public viewing include:
Dining at a darling coffee shop Valentine's Morning. Each section of the bar had its own miniature jukebox. While we enjoyed our delicious breakfast, my ears were perked to hear the two songs Vic chose for me.
Due to some scandalous events that took place earlier on the trip, Vic picked, "I Think We're Alone Now". It might be our new song.
Building sandcastles on the beach outside "The Del".
Biking around the entire island.
Posing in doorways.
The Wild Animal Park--Two Cents: I DO NOT RECOMMEND going there.
Sunset walks on the beach.
Birthday dinner at delicious Mexican dives in Encinitas. (Do you see the light between us? We had two photos taken of us, one right after the other, and this second one had the little Tinkerbell light on my shoulder). I ache for Lucy on my birthday.
The city of Dana Point.
Eating great food everyday that I didn't have to cook or clean up after.
and JUST BEING TOGETHER.
We also enjoyed time at Balboa Park, meeting up with my dear friend Daniel Woods and his beautiful wife, long runs on the beach, a very sweet and sorrowful funeral of a four year-old girl whose mother I connected with online, (more on this later) drives along the coast, spending time with Julia Barker and fam, and the freedom to think and do without the ball and chain of my almost 2-yr. old. It was a very FULL trip that I would gladly repeat. Minus the tragedy of my friend's loss. Oh, those early days of grief.
You know, this was our first trip since Lucy died that we weren't in horrific pain. As an added gift, we felt very peaceful about leaving Peter in the care of both sets of grandparents and close friends. We are so grateful to them.
We also owe a huge amount of thanks to Claude and June Hicken for their condo on Coronado. What a TREAT.
I felt like a real human being on this trip. Recently, I've realized that my brain is starting to work again after almost three years. No, really. I can remember things better, think more clearly, retain information, and process things 'normally'. My brain was literally broken for so long after losing Lucy. Not to mention the repercussions of giving birth 11 months later.
Vic and I also realized that we do best when we are in 'action' mode. Our absolute funnest day was when we woke up early, ran about 3 or 4 miles on the beach, walked 1.5 miles to pick up our bikes, biked around the island, walked the 1.5 miles back to drop off the bikes, and went kayaking a few hours later in La Jolla Cove. It was incredible. Would we be good candidates for "The Amazing Race"? Oh...the thought makes me giddy.
I was thrilled to return home and see this little face again: