Woke up today to a relatively sunny morning. We all walked down to the Leucadia Donut Shop to get our 13 breakfasts, and walked back to the house to eat them. Afterward, we walked back down to Leucadia to explore the area shops. In my opinion, it’s nothing special, though there is a witchcraft shop, and plenty of surf shops. Later, we hit La Jolla, CA, to go check out the seals. Unfortunately, the weather was overcast, the seals were few, and by law, unapproachable. We decided to explore the tide pools in the area, which were absolutely fantastic. The little microcosms of ocean life held so much, such variety, it was almost like being a kid in a vast toy store for somebody interested in wildlife. I found barnacles, what appeared to be segmented bugs, anemones, hermit crabs, fiddler crabs, what could have been a small shark, and also what looked like a baby lionfish. This certainly made my day.
Once we arrived back, I decided to go to the beach, just one last time before we leave. I went collecting shells and such, and eventually entered the water, which turned out to be far warmer than expected, almost warmer than the air, it seemed. On the way back, we discovered what we had since thought was seaside rock on the bluffs was actually dense sand, probably washed from the actual bluffs, or eroded by the tides. The cool part was that they really do look like solid rock, so when you pull a chunk off, you probably appear incredibly strong. Crazy shit.
Dinner at a legit Mexican place tonight, was pretty good. The burrito I had would have been better at Alto Cinco (in good ol’ Syracuse), but the meal overall was better than I expected. Still, dinner last night is still the best of the trip I think.
Tomorrow we’ve got an early start, off to Denver by the end of the day. It sucks that we have to leave Southern Cali, it’s a fantastic place, but I know where my home is, and it’s not here. Not yet at least.