California Homecoming

After waiting a long and torturous seven years since my last visit to California, the stars aligned and the opportunity to return home finally presented itself.  Although the majority of my life has been spent in Indiana, San Diego has always been the place that felt most like home.

Rome girls and roommates Kaitlyn, Mary, and Anna had all planned a trip out to stay with our honorary roommate Haley, and I simply couldn’t miss out!  I booked a ticket, and three weeks later I was stepping off the plane into gorgeous Southern California for my week long stay.

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I was the first to arrive and was greeted at the airport by Haley.    Although it had been less than two months since we parted ways post graduation, it felt like it had been so much longer.  We hopped in the car and headed out to Coronado, the island that would be our home for the first few nights.

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We settled into “The Woman Cave,” an adorable converted back room in the rear of the boutique her mother owns.  It was going to be a tight squeeze for the five of us, but with its adorable beachy theme, lofted bed, and cozy couch, I couldn’t wait to call it my home!

Haley and I had some time to spare before Kaitlyn’s flight arrived so we headed over to Leroy’s to have a quick lunch.  Sitting outdoors  watching the holiday weekend rush on the island was the perfect pairing to our delicious meal.  Haley opted for the Soft-shell crab BLT and amazingly refreshing Sunset Mojito, while I ordered the heavenly Jidori Chicken Ciabatta, loaded with brie and fig jam.  To die for!

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We hopped back across the Coronado Bridge to grab our third guest before returning to the island for a stroll on the beach.  There are no words for how amazing it felt to have my toes back in the Pacific, standing in a place I’d spent so much time as a child.

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With the historic Hotel Del Coronado standing in the background, we splashed around without a care in the world!

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By the time dinnertime arrived Haley and I decided we would go the route of becoming regulars and check out what Leroy’s had to offer us for supper.  We filled up on fresh seafood and salad before popping next door to the irresistible Mootime Creamery, a Coronado favorite.

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With ice cream in hand and the sun setting, we strolled back down to the beach to enjoy the perfect evening.  We were pleasantly surprised by a lovely little pre-4th of July firework show, set off by the the Del, about 10 feet away from us.  It was an absolutely stunning end to a perfect homecoming day and a brilliant kick off to the greatest week I’ve had in ages!

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