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.

  • Kerri Taylor

    omg what a fun trip! i was loving your snaps! and the sea lions – so cute. and glad you guys didnt fight during the kayaking haha. although i’ll say a lake is easier than a river or ocean 😉 ugh take me there with that perfect temp!

    xoxo cheshire kat

    • It definitely sucked getting off the plane when we were officially back home because it felt like hitting a literal wall from all the humidity! It didn’t take me long to get used to the amazing weather in San Diego! We definitely need to try kayaking in a lake next! I think that I was a lot more mentally prepared for the kayaking this time, so hopefully that ended up helping our situation.

  • Oh so fun! I have never been. I have been wanting to go Kayaking for AGES! I thought about doing a last minute booking in Georgia last week, but dang it was HOT! hehe That’s good to know that double kayaks are more difficult, but that sea kayaking isn’t super hard. It definitely sounds harder! hehe Glad you had a great trip, we definitely loved seeing sea lions when we were in San Francisco. 🙂 XO – Alexandra

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    • You would think that it would be a lot more difficult to kayak in the ocean with all the waves, but once you get past where the waves are breaking, it’s really not that bad at all because you have a huge space to navigate. I would definitely recommend going when it’s not too hot. It was a lot of fun and definitely a great experience! The sea lions were one of my favorite parts of San Francisco, but when I went with my husband last time there weren’t a lot at Pier 39. At La Jolla Cove I saw way more than I’d ever seen before, it was awesome!

  • What interesting facts…No AC! I love how close you were able to get to the sea lions, what a neat experience. I loved following along on Snap! Glad you had a fun weekend!

    • It was such a blast this past weekend! I swear we didn’t even really need AC the whole time we were there, which is so weird for me to say since in Texas we can’t function without AC (sometimes even in the winter). They actually had to get on the loud speaker at one point and tell people to not get too close to the sea lions, but I was really glad that I was able to see them that up close!

  • Nadine

    I wanna see seals and sea lions!!!! I did not know that about Dr Seuss! That is one of my absolute favorite movies!!! Sounds like you had such a fun trip.

    • The trip was seriously such a blast, and I can’t wait to recap it since we did so much! I knew that Dr. Seuss based a lot of books on San Diego and La Jolla, but I was blown away that the Grinch was based off of himself! It was so fun to learn something like that!

  • What an absolutely fun trip girl!! All your snaps were so much fun and I was jealous of all the amazing things you got to see and do! La Jolla sounds like such a great place, I had no idea about Dr. Seuss living there and basing a lot of his stuff off La Jolla, how neat!! Also about the weather thing, how crazy that the temps vary that much. You were so close to the seals and sea lions, how awesome!!

    • The trip really was a blast, and our friends did such a great job planning everything! I already can’t wait to start recapping our trip! Our guides on the kayaking tour did such a great job giving us facts about the area. I knew that Dr. Seuss had lived in the area, but I had no idea that the Grinch was based off of him. It all makes so much more sense now!

  • Biana Perez

    La Jolla was so beautiful – I loved seeing all your snaps from your trip!! I went to San Diego my senior year of college for a few days for a conference and LOVED it – seriously want to go back!! The weather really is perfection there! xo, Biana –BlovedBoston

    • I don’t think that we could’ve had more perfect weather, and I think that I told our friends that multiple times a day while we were there! I had such a blast on this trip, and I’m so thankful that our friends planned such a great trip for us! I hope that you get to make it back to San Diego soon!

  • Living on Cloud Nine

    Such cool San Diego facts!! I had no idea about Dr. Seuss and the grinch…super interesting. Sea Lions are so sweet! Happy Monday!!

    • The sea lions were so amazing, especially since we were able to get so close! I knew that Dr. Seuss had written several of his books about the La Jolla area, but I was so surprised that the Grinch was actually based on himself! I love getting to learn random little facts like that!

  • What a fabulous trip! I still haven’t been to California, but I can’t wait to get out there soon. I’ve definitely been saving some of your California posts for future reference.

    • You definitely need to get yourself to Cali soon! I fell in love when I first visited San Francisco, and we just love to go back! The coast is definitely one of my favorite places of California, it doesn’t matter what city I’m in.

  • That Dr. Seuss story is so cool! I’m super jealous that you got to see all those seals, they are so cute!!

    • I was so happy that we were finally able to see all the seals and sea lions since we missed seeing them at Pier 39 in San Francisco. They literally didn’t care about having all of the people around them!

  • Emily Dunham

    I have no idea about Dr. Seuss, that is so cool!

  • I know I already told you this, but I’m SO jealous of where you were last weekend – San Diego is quite possibly my favorite city in the U.S. I just love it there. Anyways, I love all these facts that you shared today, especially the Dr. Seuss story! And, how cute are those seals?! I would’ve wanted to take one home, too!

    • We fell in love with the city all over again this past weekend! There’s just so much to do and see, and I think that it’s a lot more laid back than some of the other California cities! The seals and sea lions were definitely the cutest! I couldn’t believe that we were able to get that close to them, and all I wanted to do was go up and start cuddling with them!

  • I’ve never been, but would definitely go. I’ve heard it’s beautiful!

    LOL @ the tandem kayak stories. I could totally picture being in a divorce kayak. I’m glad you guys fared better in the ocean!

    • I think that once we got past the surf, the ocean really wasn’t that hard to kayak in because it wasn’t too hard to turn or navigate. A totally different story for the river though! And I hope that you get to visit San Diego soon! It’s such a fun and beautiful city!

  • I laughed so hard at your tandem kayak comment-it is SO true. So glad it’s easier in the ocean! I love La Jolla so much-your photos are gorgeous!

    • Thank you! Afterwards the kayak ride was fun in Hawaii, but I have to admit that it wasn’t fun when we were arguing about navigating. I really fell in love with San Diego while we there, and La Jolla really is so beautiful!

  • Rachel

    Haha! That’s too funny about the kayaking in Hawaii, and it definitely makes sense that it’s easier in the ocean. I had no idea about the temperature differences in San Diego, that is so cool! Looks like you guys had a great time, makes me want to go back!

    xo, Rachel
    A Blonde’s Moment

    • Yeah our friend was saying that she had to learn how to watch the news because the different temperature zones were confusing her! It’s even funnier because my parents did a similar excursion when they were in Hawaii, and we probably should have listened to them when they said that they argued the whole time! It was so much easier in the ocean though, which is kind of surprising!

  • Oh my goodness – the sea lions!!! And how neat about Dr. Seuss, I had no idea! Great to know about kayaking as I usually do all the work lol 😛
    Green Fashionista

    • Haha that’s what I tell Chris all the time too when he’s not doing what I tell him to do! The sea lions were so cool! I still can’t believe that we were able to get that close!

  • I live so close and I didn’t even know all this! Thank you for Sharing!
    Jenna from http://www.visionsofvogue.com

  • I love those sea lions! and that’s so interesting about Dr. Seuss, I’d never heard that before 🙂

    • The sea lions were so adorable and I could have stared at them all day, except for maybe the smell. I knew that Dr. Seuss based his books off of La Jolla, but I had no idea that he based the Grinch off of himself!

  • I’ve never been to san diego before, but all the other CA cities I’ve been to have the best weather. I love that you don’t need a/c. I also love the grinch 🙂 sounds like a fun trip!

    • If I didn’t live in Texas, I’d definitely want to live in California because it’s so beautiful and the weather really is perfect! I don’t think that I could ever live in Texas without AC! The trip really was so much fun, and I’m so glad we got to see our friends!

  • Aw I love that Dr.Seuss fact!

    • Me too! I already knew that he based his books after the La Jolla area, but I had no idea that he based himself after the Grinch!

  • I never knew that about Dr. Seuss! Great pic to go with that fact.
    After moving to Sydney, I found online that Houston is considered the most air-conditioned city in the world.

    • Haha I totally believe that Houston is the most air conditioned city in the world! I don’t think that we’d be able to survive without it, but it also means that I freeze during the summer at my office!

  • La Jolla looks beautiful I love the fact that they protect the Eco-system there. Good to know about kayaking in rivers, I can picture my husband and I having the same exact disagreement which can be stressful when you’re both struggling to keep up…

    • Exactly! They seat the strongest person in the back, which generally means that the female is sitting in the front. So you can see when you’re about to run into things before your husband who’s in the back, and it’s no fun when they don’t listen to your instructions. You do learn about yourself though! But I definitely recommend just sticking to the ocean 🙂

  • What a fun trip! And again, another great, informative post. The more you know!

    • Exactly! I always love learning new things, and I always believe that you can learn new things when you’re traveling!

  • Looks like you had a blast on your trip. Hopefully I get to go here one day 🙂

    • We had so much fun in San Diego! I hope that you make it there one day because it really is such an amazing city!

  • I’ve got to get back to SD! It has been YEARS. Loved what additional things you learned there.

    • You definitely need to go back, even if you’re just trying to get away from the Atlanta heat! It’s totally worth it if you just want to go to the beach!

  • Looks like a lovely trip! I’ve been to LA and San Francisco…but haven’t made it to San Diego yet…hope to visit sometime soon. Thanks for sharing what you learned while you were there! 🙂

    • Thanks for stopping by! San Diego is definitely a lot more of a laid back than LA or San Fran, but it’s a lot of fun! You definitely should try to make it there sometime soon!

  • I had no idea about the connection between How The Grinch Stole Christmas and Mt. Soledad!! How crazy! But it makes perfect sense. That’s hilarious! We’ve never done kayaking in La Jolla, but that’s something I definitely want to do next time.

    • Kayaking in La Jolla was such a blast, and definitely worth doing when you’re in San Diego next. Not only was it gorgeous, but we learned a lot too! I knew that Dr. Seuss based his stories off of La Jolla, but it was so cool to learn that he was the basis for the Grinch!

  • Jessica Lancia

    I just returned from a 1+ month trip around California, Utah, Arizona and Nevada, but had to skip San Diego back then. I’m regretting non visiting it after this post 😀


    • That just means that you have to make another trip out there, right? San Diego has a lot more of a laid back vibe than some of the other bigger cities in California.

  • Wow this looks like so much fun! I would be way scared to kayak though because great white sharks right?!?!? Lol but I would love to visit one day.

    • They were actually saying that the area that we were kayaking in was so protected by kelp that sharks couldn’t get in. I have to admit that even though they said that, I didn’t really want to stick my hand in the water! You definitely need to make it out to San Diego one day! It’s so beautiful!

  • I’ve never been to San Diego and your Snaps have officially caused me to add it to my list of cities I want to visit in the US. I’m glad y’all had a blast! 🙂 Also…my blogging hiatus is over. Yeah I unintentionally took one. womp womp.

    • Sometimes you just need to take a blogging break, but I’m very glad that your back! I also can’t wait to check out all of your snaps while you’re in DC! You definitely should add San Diego to your list, it’s so beautiful, and a lot more laid back than some of the other California cities!

  • I had no idea about Dr. Seuss’ personal connection to the Grinch (other than being its author)! That’s SO cool!

    • I really liked that they told us that! I knew that he had based a lot of the books off the La Jolla area, but I didn’t know that he based the Grinch off of himself!

  • Catherine

    These are some interesting tid bits! I really liked the Dr. Seuss one! That’s so interesting!

  • I love these 6 things posts! I have no idea that Dr. Seuss lived in San Diego, and that story was awesome! La Jolla is one of my favorite places ever since that is where we went swimming with sharks. I am so glad you were able to kayak the area, it’s so pretty!

    • Thank you! I really love writing them because I feel like you can really learn something no matter where you are! I didn’t realize that you went swimming with sharks in La Jolla! They told us that the sharks that only sucked on you were there, but I still didn’t want to stick my hand in the water! The kayaking was a lot more fun in the ocean versus the river, and I definitely want to do it again!

  • I love your 6 things you learned posts! I didn’t get the chance to kayak in La jolla but I loved just strolling around the area and watching the seals! I was able to get pretty close to them, which I was surprised about! i guess they are used to the people. looking forward to more SD posts! 🙂

    • Thank you! I really love writing them because I feel like you can always learn something no matter where you are! La Jolla was so beautiful, and I have to admit that the seals and sea lions were the main reason that I wanted to go there, and that the kayaking was a great added bonus! They have to be used to all the people that come up to them, right? Or maybe they’re just that lazy!

  • I’ve heard some great things about San Diego, it really does sound lovely. The bit about divorce kayaks made me laugh! Glad you escaped unscathed. And did you know that seals and sea lions are actually fairly closely related to dogs? Only…. a bit less tame…

    • I pretty much love all of California, but San Diego is a ton of fun because it’s so laid back compared to some of the other bigger cities. And I’m so glad that we made it through the kayaking without killing each other! It would not have been great for the rest of the day! I had no idea that seals and sea lions were related to dogs! That makes me love them even more!

  • Jae

    As a San Diego local, the Dr. Seuss bit was new to me! Thanks for sharing! Also, nos. 2 and 4 are true! We realized that the best part to go kayaking is in Coronado! And I totally agree about the fluctuating temperatures, depending on where you’re at!

    • I loved learning more about Dr. Seuss, especially that the Grinch was based off of him! And who would have thought that kayaking in the ocean would be easier than a river! I was fully expecting us to have another fight, but I’m glad that we were some of the more successful of the group! Hopefully we make it back to San Diego next year, and I think that we’ll try to visit Coronado!

      • Jae

        Certainly add Coronado in your itinerary next time! It’s a small island, but you’ll find a lot of things to do while you’re there, too! 🙂