and not just because they have amazing donuts. My guy and I needed a day. No kids, no work, no time restraints. Just us and a positive mindset that the day was going to be wonderful. Heading out of Los Angeles early, because we all know that even a Saturday can mean bumper to bumper, we took the short trip south. Stopping in Solana Beach for an egg-cellent breakfast at T's cafe (cheesy lines and NO pictures! I'm on a roll today) we listened to music and took in the California coast. It truly is a beautiful thing. Neither of us had ever checked out Cabrillo National Monument state park located at the southern tip of the Point Loma Peninsula. A historical landmark that marks the first European expedition to set foot on the west coast, they hold many events and reenactments throughout the year. This wasn't one of those special days, but maybe that's an idea for the future? Not only does the Point Loma lighthouse sit here, but it also has former military installments built to protect the harbor during World War II. This state park holds so much history, it really is worth checking out for yourself. We walked the loop past the lighthouse, artillery batteries, and the statue of Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo originally placed in 1949 made of sandstone, but replaced in 1988 by a replica made of limestone. We stopped in the visitor center to ask about a marker we had found in the wall. Guess what!? They never knew it was there. We are discoverers of some form.
After taking in the views we headed down to the tidepools. We were on a mission. I had heard about a specific sea cave, but had only kayaked to those in La Jolla. This sea cave was said to be accessible only at low tide. We were in luck. Strolling the tidal pools, poking sea anemones, we came to the end and took a guess at the entrance. At first we assumed we could not get to it, as the tide was not fully out. Or maybe we needed kayaks? Soon we were to find the small cave like entrance that led to the most peaceful spot in the point. Secluded and quiet, with the sun shining in on the small rocky beach, we breathed. Took in the little doors to the ocean, stared at the cairn marked by someone else, took photos, and wondered how it was said people rappelled in. We were sure all that surrounded the hole in the top was plants. I guess where there is a will, there is a way right? Warmed from the sun and sufficiently salty, we left the morning behind us and headed to an afternoon of horses and beautiful people at the Del Mar racetrack.
I love horse races. I love choosing the horse by name, placing a cheap bet, and feeling the excitement as the horses prepare to start. I love the women in their dresses and big hats, the ice cold beer in the warm sun, and the cheer of crowds as their horse crosses the finish line. I have never really known what to look for in a winning horse. What their little antics mean before they race, how to read odds, and so on. So that afternoon we sat ourselves down and read, googled (of course), and watched. We placed our bets based on our new found knowledge and to our delight, we won! Not much, but enough to inspire us to play again one day and enough to buy donuts.
Oh yeah, it was that time. Originally I wanted to hit up the Donut Bar. From what I had heard they were some of the most delicious and original donuts. Alas, they were closed. My guy to the rescue, as always, knew of a special spot. VG Donut and Bakery in Cardiff. What can I say about VG's that isn't oh my gosh good. Because that's just what these donuts are. Fluffy and light, perfectly sugary, and somewhat cake like. Can a donut be all these things? Yes! Yes they can! I was in my happy donut place. (Update: I have since made a short trip to San Diego for a three day yoga workshop and tried the Donut Bar. Although enjoyable, it's much like Krispy Kreme and very sweet. If I prefer a sugary donut it would be Voodoo's. Too bad Portland is so far away.) Heading home as the sun set, casting it's orange and pink glows over the California skies, we stopped to grab dinner at our go to spot in Dana Point, Salt Creek Grille. We've gone for brunch, drinks, and dinner. This place is always a winner. (Hey look! I'm a poet!) Really though, their food is always satisfying, their service is wonderful, and obviously, a great way to end an exceptional date day.