San Diego, CA

I am back on the road again. This time in San Diego. Our association is hosting this year’s annual meeting in Sunny California, and we are here on a site trip to start planning our meeting. I am also extending this trip through the weekend and Andy is going to meet me here since he’s working in San Bernadino. Andy’s cousin, Danielle and her husband Brian are also going to meet us. Her birthday is on the 31st, so it’s a great way for us to celebrate!


I am staying at the Omni San Doego which is right across the street from the San Dirgo Convention Center, which is where our meeting is going to be. The hotel bumped me up to an executive suite that over looks the water.

We have several meetings with the staff at the Convention Center. We have to layout where the education sessions are going to be, the exhibit hall, the herbal session and all of the offices. Our meeting has 3,000 attendees and 2,00 exhibitors. So a lot of planning goes into this meeting.

I have been to San Diego a handful of times already. The first time was almost 20 years ago, when I came with my mom and we visited my Great Aunt Cora. All I can really remember is the San Diego zoo and the white sandy beach. Fortunately, my Aunt Cora is still living (she’s 73 years old) and only lives about 15-20 minutes away from downtown San Diego. I jumped in an über and hung out with her for a few hours. We spent so much time looking through old family photos. I mean there are pictures of her great grandma who I found out was German! She married an Indian named Peter Simpson, who ended up being a long distant relative to O.J. Simpson. That’s right, I’m related to O.J. My mouth literally dropped to the ground when she told me.

Andy, Danielle and Brian arrived on Thursday. We got the chance to hang out with one of Andy’s co-workers that lives in the area. It was such an amazing trip with beautiful weather! Below are the places we ate and some of the activities we did!

Where we ate

Dick’s last resort
Altitude Sky Lounge
Cafe 21
George’s at the Cove
Stone Brewery
Double Standard Kitchen
Sheerwater at Hotel del Coronado

Things we did/Things you should do

The USS Midway

Basically a city on water. This was one of the largest functioning aircraft carrier ship that housed more than 4,500 sailors and over 120 air crafts. A great place to visit for all you history buffs. If you love roller coasters, check out their flight simulators, where two people ride in small box and pretend to shoot other planes. Entree fees for adults at $20.

Charter a boat ride

You know Viator is my favorite tour website. I found a boat tour that’s about two hours long. It comes with wine, artisan bread, cheese and meat! The tour was only $50 per person.

Go Deep Sea Fishing
Visit Coronado Island
Shelter Island
Visit La Jolla Cove
San Diego Zoo
Sea World
Petco Park
Little Italy’s Farmers Market
Visit Balboa Park
Go Whale Watching

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