Happy Monday everybody, and welcome to the last week of June! This month has seriously flown by, and having this trip to San Diego tagged onto the end of the month has definitely helped that feeling of having a fast paced summer. This past weekend Chris and I flew to San Diego to visit our friends who are currently living there, and I don’t think that we could have had a better time! So in keeping with tradition, here’s 6 more things that I leaned during our trip to San Diego, and of course, I’m linking up with Biana for weekending!

The Wandering Weekenders- 6 More Things I Learned While Visiting San Diego

  1. La Jolla is a protected ecosystem- During our first full day in California we did a kayaking adventure in La Jolla. During our tour, our guides told us all about La Jolla and the surrounding ecosystems, and the fact that the state of California knows how delicate the ecosystems are, especially the marine ones so they’ve place certain restrictions on what you can do in those ecosystems. Apparently La Jolla is a protected ecosystem which means you can’t fish or harvest kelp from the area, which is used in the production of soaps and deodorants.
    The Wandering Weekenders- 6 More Things I Learned While Visiting San Diego
  2. It’s a lot easier to kayak in the ocean than on a river- During our trip to Hawaii last year, we went on a tandem kayaking adventure down a river in Kauai to a waterfall. Chris and I typically work pretty well together, except on that kayaking tour. I swear both of us wanted to kill each other because we both thought that the other one wasn’t steering properly or pulling their own weight. The tandem kayaks aren’t called divorce kayaks for nothing! When we did this kayaking tour in San Diego we were both pretty worried about how we would be able to handle another tandem kayak, and I’m very proud to say that not only did we survive this kayak ride still completely married and happy with each other, but that we were some of the better kayakers in the group! I think that the reason that this trip was so much better was because we had a bigger place to navigate (the ocean is a lot bigger than a river). So keep that in mind when planning on kayaking with your significant other!
    The Wandering Weekenders- 6 More Things I Learned While Visiting San Diego
  3. How The Grinch Stole Christmas was actually based on Dr. Seuss himself- As most of y’all probably know, Dr. Seuss lived in the San Diego area and a lot of his stories are based on San Diego, specially La Jolla. While we were kayaking in La Jolla, our tour guides were telling us about Dr. Seuss and his stories, and the one that really stuck out the most to me was Dr. Seuss’s relationship to How The Grinch Stole Christmas. Dr. Seuss lived at the top of Mt. Soledad and apparently he could hear all the college kids being crazy all the time and at all hours of the night in Pacific Beach. He complained about them so much that one of his friends told him to just go down and spend an afternoon with those crazy college kids because they really weren’t that bad. Dr. Seuss did just that and after hanging out with them for a day he realized that his friendly was right and that they really cared about the environment and the ocean too. During his day at Pacific Beach, Dr. Seuss said that his heart grew four times, just like the Grinch!
    The Wandering Weekenders- 6 More Things I Learned While Visiting San Diego
  4. When you give the weather for San Diego, you have to give it for four different areas- The city of San Diego is very unique because of where it is located. It’s not only close to the ocean, but it’s also very close to the dessert and the mountains as well. As you can imagine, the temperatures vary quite a bit for each of these areas, so the news actually gives four different temperature predictions for San Diego based on where you live. The temperatures can fluctuate by 20 degrees based on where you’re located!
    The Wandering Weekenders- 6 More Things I Learned While Visiting San Diego
  5. Most houses in San Diego don’t have air conditioning- Speaking of weather in San Diego, these Texans consider it pretty much perfect weather, especially during the summer! At home in Houston, I’m sure that the highs were in the upper 90s or even to 100, while this weekend in San Diego I don’t think that the high got above 75 degrees! It was perfect! And with temperatures like that year round, it makes sense that a lot of homes don’t have or need an air conditioner. It was cool enough at night that we just left the window open and had a fan blowing and it was perfect!
    The Wandering Weekenders- 6 More Things I Learned While Visiting San Diego
  6. The seals and sea lions are super chill- Last time that we were in San Diego, I got super excited when I saw a sea lion up on one the buoys in the bay because I didn’t realize that San Francisco wasn’t the only California city that these guys made their home. So during this trip I wanted to make sure that we got to see them, and one of the best places to see sea lions and seals in San Diego is La Jolla Cove. When we got there, we must have seen probably 30-40 of them laying up on the beach just chilling and tons of people walking up to them and getting within 10-20 feet of them and they didn’t seem to care. We were able to get up close to them as well and got some great pictures! If only they played nice, I would have wanted to take one home to be buddies with Dart!
    The Wandering Weekenders- 6 More Things I Learned While Visiting San Diego

This past weekend in San Diego was such a blast, and I still can’t believe everything that we were able to do and see! Thanks again Austin and Courtney for planning everything and we can’t wait to come back for another trip!

Other San Diego Posts:

2015 Trip:
6 Things I Learned While Visiting San Diego
Weekend Wanderings- San Diego {Part 1}
Weekend Wanderings- San Diego {Part 2}
Weekend Wanderings- San Diego {Part 3}

2016 Trip:
A Morning At Pacific Beach
A Kayak Adventure In La Jolla
Visiting The Sea Lions At La Jolla Cove
Tips For Visiting Cabrillo National Monument
Wine Tasting In Escondido California

You can learn so much on vacation. Here are 6 more things that I learned when we visited San Diego in June of 2016.