My daughter and I visited San Diego, CA as a last-minute summer treat. As 300-days-of-sunshine-Colorado natives, it's not really the sun we crave as much as the ocean. For years I've battled the "Californication" of our own state as people left the coast for more reasonable housing prices and all the awesome qualities Colorado offers its residents. Now, after visiting San Diego, San Francisco, and Los Angeles, I am still wondering why they didn't just stay put.
Trips to California in the past have included dreamy stays in San Francisco (including the end of my first year of graduate school when I decided I would just move to San Francisco, live on a boat, and dream my life away...no this didn't really happen after all but I was convinced it was the best thing for me at the time), Hollywood stays in Los Angeles (Hollywood is not glamorous, it's gritty and it's where all the creative juices are flowing everywhere around you...not to mention hoards of tourist traps and tacky shopping), and swim chaperone trips to Fresno-really there is no place hotter than Fresno in August.
This trip to San Diego, however, was my favorite. It's a beautiful city with history and a laid back unassuming culture that seems to be more our style. We traversed the city's old Mission district, ventured to the beach and shopped in La Jolla, and had an amazing beach day trip to Coronado Island and Mission Beach. This is where my daughter has decided she will live someday. Dreaming is ALWAYS ok with me.:)
Colorado, you have my heart, but California, I left a piece of me there so I can have an excuse to go back for it later.
Deirdre Oss is a veteran city planner, mother of two awesome teenagers, and wife to an amazing husband and travel partner. A city girl for generations, her home and heart are in Denver, Colorado with family and friends across the country and the pond. Over two decades working in city planning provided the foundation for her to explore different cities through the lens of community planning to create places for people to thrive in daily life and beyond. This perspective allows her to travel with an eye toward local economy, transit, and special neighborhoods that appeal to both residents and tourists.