Luckily my friend Chantelle that lives near Denver was kind enough to let me stay over Wednesday night for my very early flight out of Denver, and drop me off and pick me up on my return from the airport. That also allowed me to leave my car at her house, instead of paying for airport parking for 2 weeks while I was away. I arrived at her house around 8:30 pm on Wednesday night and we went out to dinner, which was great. It was nice catching up.
Thursday morning, early, we headed to the airport. I arrived in San Diego around 8:30 am and took an Uber to a coffee shop where I was meeting up with Lauren and Colin again. From the Uber driver, I found out that Uber passengers get rated and drivers can choose to accept your ride or not based on your rating. Mine is 5/5, but I have only taken like 6 rides. After that, Colin and I headed to Poway to hike to Potato Chip Rock, with a brief stop for In n Out burgers (sooo good!). The Potato Chip Rock hike was more difficult than either of us anticipated, due to the heat, lack of sufficient amount of water (although we did have some), and the incline. We made it to the top after much complaining, and we took some epic pictures at the top, after waiting in line with other hikers! Afterwards we chugged some refrigerated gatorades and they were sooo good! We also got slurpees on the way back- yum! We stopped at the grocery store to pick up groceries to cook dinner for his family, which was my favorite lettuce wrapped fish tacos with mango avocado salsa. I accidentally grabbed cat fish instead of white fish, but it was still delicious! Apparently his family is not normally big fish fans, but they loved dinner, so that was great news. Amanda came over and we had drinks and watched the sunset on the beach before dinner. It was great to see her.
|Colin, me and Amanda|
Friday morning we had a pretty relaxed morning. Colin and I made breakfast with potatoes, eggs, bacon, leftover fish, and some other tasty ingredients. I did a little work on my laptop, then we went down to the beach in wetsuits to try stand up paddle boarding in the Pacific Ocean (my first time!). It was pretty difficult with the big waves, but I managed to stand up a few times. Mostly I paddled and floated around on my knees for balance practice. We took the SUP board back to the house and swapped out for body boards. We went back out and tried to catch a few waves, but the waves were just not cooperating, so we headed back and I took a 2 hour nap. It was fabulous. Then we had drinks and watched the sunset at the beach again, which was awesome. We went and picked up dinner for everyone, and afterwards we talked with his brother and his girlfriend. Colin and I stayed up pretty late talking. Some of my favorite memories are having deep conversations with friends, which often happens late at night. It was great getting to know him better.
Saturday morning we walked down the beach to a cafe and shared some pastries which was delicious. Then I showered and packed up my things and Colin was kind enough to drive me to the airport where I flew out to Phoenix.
|One of these is a maple bacon cronut|
For some reason, when flying with American Airlines from San Diego to Kona, Hawaii, there was a stopover in Phoenix from 7 pm to 10:30 am the next day. I have no idea why. Luckily, my friend Connie was kind enough to put me up for the night. We went out to dinner at a Chicken and Waffles restaurant and I got red velvet pancakes with a side of bacon and fried chicken. It was delicious. Connie and I had a girls night in, as I knew I would be tired from traveling, and she had been doing a lot of traveling lately, too. We got to hang out with her sweet kitties and we painted our nails, did facial masks, and watched a chick flick. Fun.
|Connie & I|
|Delicious dinner- not pictured, cream cheese spread for pancakes!|
The next morning, I made breakfast and we headed to the airport so I could fly to Hawaii!