|First stepping onto the beach at Del Mar. So happy!|
|By the way, their carrot cake cupcake tasted EXACTLY like the ones my mom made growing up, but it was gluten-free! I wish I had 1,000 more. Or the recipe!|
Then we headed to our scheduled architectural tour of the Salk Institute. Honestly, I was kind of ambivalent about this tour, but it was the one thing Ross didn't want to miss in San Diego. In hindsight, I'm so glad we went! The tour was mostly outside in the sun, which I loved, and it was actually really interesting. One of the scientists working there gave an introduction on our tour, and it was fun to hear about the research his team is doing. Science + architecture = a happy couple. Baby must've liked it, too, because he bounced around a bit while we all stood around talking.
I even ended up being able to appreciate the contrast between the architecture and nature. It was a beautiful setting. How fun would it be to work here?!
After our tour, we explored the paragliding cliffs nearby for a bit before heading to lunch. Then we went to La Jolla for the afternoon. We explored the coast there, watched the seals, dug our toes in the sand, and watched the sunset from a pier.
We capped off the night with an amazingly delicious dinner at Puesto before heading back to the hotel. It was a perfect, jam-packed day, but somehow so relaxed! Just how vacation should be. (This was the least planning we've ever done for a vacation. It was freeing to not have much of an itinerary since our trip was so short, and we definitely found things to do once we got there!)