We arrived at the Jamul Pio Pico Thousand Trails resort late afternoon, to find that all of the main sites were full, so we parked in one of their overflow spaces across the road and signed up for a full service site the following morning, on a first come first serve basis. We are planning to install our composting toilet soon, which will make sewage hookups less of an issue! We settled in for our first night, Juliette did a grocery run and we made a quick dinner before heading to bed.
We moved to our new spot the next morning, exploring the park with the kids afterwards. Our new spot was lovely, close to the kids play area and the pool. We had a bunch of errands to run that afternoon before making our way back to the RV Park for dinner. We have been maintaining a pretty frantic travel schedule and have discovered that these down days are vital for keeping everything flowing smoothly (and to avoid burnout!)
The following morning we woke to a crazy downfall of rain, we had some cards laminated for a wall calendar Juliette is making up for our homeschooling review of months, dates and seasons. We then made our way over to Juliette's cousin's place in Imperial Beach for a lovely dinner and catch up. The rain and stormy weather continued all day, and when we tried to drive back to our resort we discovered the road was completely flooded, which made it impossible to get back. We called our cousins to take them up on their very generous offer of hosting us in their beach house and settled back in at Imperial Beach for the night. We were so grateful to have a spot to stay, as the weather was pretty crazy.
We woke to a beautiful sunny day, and contemplated sticking with our original plan to head into town to see some museums, but we were all feeling a bit wiped out, so we stayed in Imperial Beach for the day, making up some Tortilla Soup for lunch and exploring the beach and surrounding area. It was a lovely, relaxed day and a good reminder that while it is fun to explore new places, taking some time to relax and just be is important too. It was beautiful outside, which made walking along the beach pure soul food. We said goodbye to our cousins and made our way back to the RV park. We parked by the side of the road and walked in as there were still flooded areas, but thankfully it was starting to ease up.
The next morning flooding was still severe enough that we couldn't leave with the RV, so we stayed put and took advantage of our extra day to head into town and visit the Natural History Museum in the gorgeous Museum District. We explored the Dinosaur Exhibit and then consulted The Happy Cow app for veg-friendly restaurants in the area. What I love about the Happy Cow App is that it also lists grocery stores, where whole food options can be found. In this case we ended up finding the Whole Beat Center, a fantastic spot that hosts a bunch of activities and classes for adults and kids alike, along with a stellar cafe. It was the highlight of the day for us! We have found that a lot of the stops we find out about by chance are the best. Juliette stayed behind for an energy treatment, provided by a lovely Korean couple, before meeting back up with Dom and the kids at the museum. We stayed until closing, exploring all of their fantastic exhibits before wandering over to the Spanish Village Art Center. Located in a beautiful open courtyard, the Spanish Village Art Center is a really funky spot. Most of the artists were gone for the day, but we purchased some tea and coffee from an outdoor coffee vendor and spent some time soaking up the atmosphere before wandering back through the museum area to our truck. It's a beautiful spot, we would love to come back sometime.
We made it back to the RV park in time for a swim, followed by dinner care of our Instant Pot. The Instant Pot has been a fantastic resource both before and during our trip. We are addicted to pressure and slow cooking now, it works so well for our busy on the road lifestyle. We all slept well that night, we find swimming makes us both ravenous and exhausted! San Diego was our last California location, our next stop is an overnight in Tucson before heading to New Mexico.
San Diego Highlights
Imperial Beach - a lovely area with gorgeous beaches, shops and play areas for kids. We enjoyed our time here!
Natural History Museum - a fantastic museum with lots of fun exhibits. We enjoyed the Dinosaur exhibit they are currently hosting.
World Beats Center - a fantastic eco friendly living center that hosts all kinds of wonderful programs for kids and adults alike. Their cafe is fantastic, and we love that they promote unity within diversity, how cool is that?!
Spanish Village Art Center - a very funky open courtyard with local artists and studios. Well worth a visit!
Balboa Park - Next time we come to San Diego we'd love to spend more time exploring the park, it is a pretty special place!