How I Spent My Summer Vacation – A Photo Story

Now that Labor Day has come and gone, I cry in a corner wishing for a do-over of summer think about how I spent my summer and reminisce.

Much of the summer was spent in the city. As is always the case for me, I start to get tired of it and I need a change of pace to remind me why I call this gem of a city home.

First stop, San Diego.

Glittery Beach
Glittery Beach

We took on Coronado Beach which, due to the presence of mica, glitters like someone dropped a glitter bomb across the entire beach. Also notable were the donuts (and donut-like poptarts) at The Donut Bar.

Next stop, Los Angeles.

Hazy Santa Monica Pier
Hazy Santa Monica Pier
Walking the Dog
Walking the Dog

We drove up the Pacific Coast Highway from San Diego (and hit a ton of traffic!). I should clarify that whenever we are in Los Angeles county, we try to stay in Santa Monica. Highlights in Santa Monica included our favorite breakfast spot Huckleberry, Cha Cha Chicken for dinner and spending time with family and friends.

Colorful Street
Colorful Street

Fun fact: prior to this trip, every time Anthony and I went to LA, I was able to magically get a rental car upgrade. Our first trip together in LA, we had a BMW 5 series; then last year, we had a Cadillac SRX. This time, it was just a Ford Focus. Not a bad little car but not exactly magical. The Enterprise rental car company tried to up-sell us on a convertible but I'm glad we didn't go that way. Curly hair and wind don't always play well together.

Sandy
Sandy
Sailing
Sailing
Old Buildings
Old Buildings

Finally, we ended up in Southern Maryland for a friends trip.

Float On
Float On

The only way to get to our island hideaway was by boat. Well, first we had to drive down to Maryland from New York. Including a stop for lunch and a stop for supplies, it takes about 7 hours. We drove down in a little rented Ford Fiesta, which we affectionately named Fonsi after Luis Fonsi due to the fact that the song of the summer is clearly Despacito.

Tool of the Trade
Tool of the Trade

The drive was well worth it if only for the delicious Maryland Blue Crab we were able to enjoy in the company of good friends. Other highlights include fishing (and actually catching a fish!) and star gazing.

Washing Ashore
Washing Ashore

The rest of the summer may have been a wash (see what I did there?) but we squeezed a good amount of fun into the month of August.