As pretty as Luke AFB is…
|The palm tree lined street that we lived on.|
…we were ready for a change. The Viper Pilot was done with his training at Luke and when I picked him up at the squadron (we are currently a one car family) he looked at me and said, “Well, I have no where to be for the next 5 days…San Diego?” And we both knew. Yes, San Diego. So we packed our bags and went to San Diego for a long weekend. It was spontaneous and we are not impromptu people, but we said, “Let’s think of it as a second honeymoon.” Yes, please. Everyone needs a little spontaneity in their lives, it’s healthy.
…to a winding road through the sand dunes…
…to the mountains covered in forests.
|I mean, who doesn’t play with their food?|
One thing I love, just absolutely love, about this town is that everyone has a furry friend and they are welcome almost everywhere. It reminded me so much of Colorado. This guy waited patiently outside the cafe while his person got them coffee (and water) and crepes. Yes, the dog got a crepe.
|Turkey and gruyere baked egg souffle for me, and a black bean and bacon breakfast burrito for the viper pilot.|
The water was incredibly cold and the sun was incredibly hot. As I lay reading my book, “Deep Black” by Brad Thor (excellent book, by the way), I would work up quite a sweat so occasionally, I would go take a quick dip in the cool water. All it took was a few seconds with your toes in the water. One time, I came back to our little spot and found the Viper Pilot like this…snoring. After all the academics and training, he was long overdue for some R&R.
|Drunken noodles for me and Pad-See-Ew for the Viper Pilot. Thai hot.|
With our overstuffed bellies (this seems to always happen when we eat Thai food), we decided a walk would be our best bet. The sky was clear and the sun was projected to set in the next 30 minutes. It was unanimous…back to the beach we went.
|Organic whole grain banana blackberry pancakes for me and buttermilk pancakes with fresh wild blueberries for the Viper Pilot. Delightful.|
I just have to wonder…when the portions are that huge is it still healthy?? We only ate half of our pancakes and took the rest back to Phoenix and enjoyed them a second time for breakfast the next day. Win-win.
….sorry for the Anchorman reference. Couldn’t resist.