San Diego, California

THANKSGIVING IN SAN DIEGO

November in San Diego means sunshine, surf, and turkey on the beach. This year brought the opportunity to gather with family and explore the beautiful Southern California coast for the holidays.

Throughout the week, I was presented with the titillating juxtaposition of the summer weather with the holiday season. Whether it was plastic reindeer frolicking beside palm trees, or consuming meals of fish tacos both before and after our Thanksgiving feast, the seasonal trimmings appeared as comical anachronisms.

THE FAMILY GATHERS IN LA JOLLA

The house we stayed in was large, though quickly filled as family members arrived from Virginia, Seattle, and all across California. La Jolla offered a low-key, upscale setting that was family friendly in every way. A short walk down to the seaside revealed seals, pelicans, and brisk-but-inviting ocean water. Back at the house little cousins pulled up flowers from their roots, and not-so-little cousins assembled 1000 piece puzzles on a card table.

BALBOA PARK 

Locals recommended Balboa Park. Here we discovered orchids galore in the Botanical Gardens, preening ducks in the reflecting ponds, and laughter in the Japanese Friendship Garden.

THANKSGIVING MEAL

A clear night illuminated glittering views of La Jolla, while inside the warm household was filled with soft murmurs of conversation,  lightly clinking glasses and cutlery, and full bellies.

OCEAN BEACH AND PACIFIC BEACH

The end of Thanksgiving marked the end of our house rental, and the family dispersed. This meant it was time to explore. I watched the sunset at Pacific Beach before getting a killer tour of Hillcrest, Ocean Beach, and the surrounding areas. Not all are pictured below, but it can be summarized as follows: bikinis, palm trees, farmers markets, sunshine, fish tacos, surfers, gay bars, karaoke bars, more sunshine, good coffee.

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