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San Felipe & San Diego Vid

7.13.2018

San Felipe, Mexico and San Diego

7.12.2018


We recently got back from an incredibly fun family vacation. This was our first real, longer driving trip. We started by heading south out of Salt Lake and on to Las Vegas where we stopped at Seven Magic Mountains. We spent the night in Twenty-Nine Palms, California so we could visit Joshua Tree National Park the next morning. After Joshua Tree we headed down to San Felipe, Mexico, a destination that has been on my list of places I've wanted to visit since 2011. We spent a few days playing on the beach before we headed up to San Diego. We drove home with a stop in Las Vegas after a full week of family fun.

Jordan's mission president and his wife live in San Felipe, Mexico. They raised their family in San Diego and after retiring they decided to move to San Felipe and build an awesome beach house. They have always said that we were welcome to come and visit and it has literally taken us 7 years to make this trip happen. It was so fun to actually go and be there after thinking about it for so many years.



^^Seven Magic Mountains has also been on my bucket list for a while but we've just never driven past Las Vegas so it never seemed to make sense. We stopped to check it out for about 15 minutes on our way. Did I mention that it was 114(million)° outside? 15 minutes was about all we could handle. The girls were confused why these giant, colored rocks were stacked on top of each other in the middle of the dessert. As am I.



The night before we visited Joshua Tree we went to a Mexican restaurant in Twenty-Nine Palms. They brought out some chips and salsa and told us that we probably shouldn't let the kids have the salsa because it was really hot. Well Naomi tried it and LOVED it. These words even came out of her mouth in regards to eating the salsa, "Can I have a spoon?"

We enjoyed Joshua Tree and loved all of the different and interesting species of plants that seem to exist at all different altitudes of the park. Those Joshua Trees were pretty fantastic. We made sure to listen to U2 while driving through the park and throughout the rest of the day.

We entered Mexico through Calexico and Mexicali. Crossing the border into Mexico was a piece of cake. It only took about 6 minutes. (Coming back into the US was another story!) The last two hours after driving across the border were grueling and we were all just ready to be there.



Our first day in San Felipe was spent at the beach, where we were basically the only people there! It was fabulous! Because San Felipe is so far up the peninsula the tides are very drastic, like 1/4 mile different which was really interesting. When we got there in the morning there was SO much beach, it went on and on and it was a bit of a walk out to the water, however when we headed back for lunch it had almost all disappeared. We spent a lot of time floating in the water and jumping the waves, one of my all time favorite activities.



^^The girls loved swimming and playing in the hot tub, which the Christensen's don't heat up in the summer. The views from this place were unreal!



This first night we were there we headed down to the beach for a bonfire where we roasted hot dogs and s'mores. The Christensens had a few grandkids visiting with friends while we were there and they told a piña colada man that he should come back to the beach around 8pm and he rolled up right on schedule and we figure he made about $60 in 30 minutes because we all got one of these delicious treats.



After the beautiful sunset we lit off some fireworks on the beach to celebrate Independence Day even though we were in Mexico. I loved every minute of it. Naomi not so much. She wasn't so fond of the BOOMS!



The next morning we went to this really amazing beach where at low tide you can walk out to a sandbar and find hundreds of sand dollars. It felt so special watching my little family collect these treasures. When we walked out to the sandbar the water was up to me and Jordan's waists. After we finished our treasure hunt the water had risen to our shoulders. Jordan's mission president had driven us out to the beach in his FJ Cruiser and driving on the sand was pretty fun!



On our second night the Christensens treated us to dinner in town. It was a cute little town. Jordan got some fish tacos and I got some delicious fajitas. After dinner we checked out a few little shops and the girls got a little toy barbie dresser.



After our wonderful time in San Felipe we drove up to San Diego. We drove across the Baja and over to Ensenada and then up to Tijuana. Hindsight I REALLY wish we wouldn't have crossed the border there. We waited in line for TWO AND A HALF HOURS!! In the car, with two little kids, with a whole bunch of hawkers trying to get us to buy framed pictures of the last supper or pay them money for juggling tricks. FINALLY, when we made it to the border crossing the darn agent made us do a random vehicle inspection. Thankfully, that only took a few minutes and then we were FINALLY free.



We drove straight to the Corvette Diner where we enjoyed a thoroughly American late lunch/early dinner followed by a few games in the arcade. We were all SOOOO happy to have some tasty food in our bellies and to be OUT of the car. I felt like we were going to be stuck in there forever.



We spent our evening in Old Town where we toured the Mormon Battalion Visitor's Center which was fantastic and then walked around a bit and finished our night off with some ice cream before the girls took a swim in the hotel pool.



In the morning we hit the ground running on what was probably our busiest day of the trip. We started with a stop at the Donut Bar. The Big Pappa Tart donuts have a whole poptart inside them! We took our donuts to the San Diego Temple and ate our little treat while checking out this magnificent temple. It was so beautiful!



From the temple we headed to the USS Midway. We had a fun time touring that HUGE aircraft carrier until we were so hot and sweaty we needed to get some lunch. We definitely didn't see everything but we saw as much as our little girlies could handle, which was actually like 2 hours worth. We grabbed some lunch on our way to the Marie Hitchcock Theater in Balboa Park where we saw the Cinderella, which was definitely a highlight for our girls. After the puppet show we road the miniature train and then head back to the hotel for a bit of a rest.

We finished the night off on Coronado. We ate a delicious dinner at Village Pizzeria and then walked down to the beach. We had an amazing night at the beach, playing in the sand and waves, a night I hope I will always remember. We walked through the Coronado Hotel on our way to get some gelato before heading back to the hotel for bed.



The next morning we headed out of town with a stop in La Jolla to see the caves before driving up to Oceanside for lunch at Ruby's on the pier.



We spent the night in Henderson on our way home. It was a great trip! There were so many moments I hope I will be able to remember forever. I love this little family of mine! Stay tuned for a video of our trip still to come.
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