I hope everyone had a great weekend! Today I'm sharing the second part of my 3-day stay in San Diego, California last month. I was in the Pasadena area earlier that week and decided to head on down to San Diego for the Monday Night Football game! My Steelers were in town and I felt like it was far too close for me to not go. But before heading over to Qualcomm Stadium that night, I took some time out to visit some popular areas in the city--Balboa Park being one of them.
I took this photo coming in to San Diego but didn't notice the bridge leading to the park or the beautiful California Tower or San Diego Museum of Man next to it until after I got home from my trip. The bridge has a pedestrian path that leads right into the heart of Balboa Park.
There are so many things to see while at Balboa Park. Of course I've fallen in love with Spanish Architecture and couldn't help taking picture after picture of the beautiful buildings. I also really enjoyed the Botanical Garden. It was so green and lush. When you walk in the walls are covered with potted orchids! So cute!
Whenever I travel I always make it a point to visit a museum. Museums of Natural History are my favorite kind but I'm always excited no matter what type of museum I get to visit. While at Balboa Park I visited the San Diego Museum of Man.
I turned the corner in the museum and almost screamed when I saw this--Gigantopithecus! It was the largest primate of its time (millions of years ago). Think ape version of Sasquatch!
Actual Egyptian sarcophagus.
There's also this cute monsters exhibit at the museum. It highlights various "monsters" from around the globe and describes how they're perceived by the culture they're in. The set up included lots of "under the bed" monsters which I thought was funny! At some point in life we all thought monsters were under our beds!
I had all intentions of walking up to the top of the California Tower but ran out of time before I needed to head out to the ball game. I highly recommend making your way to the top if you visit--you can see all of San Diego and even out to the Pacific Ocean!
Driving in Southern California is like nothing I've ever experienced. There were the mountains in Pasadena, the skyline in Los Angeles, and then the wide open sky in San Diego. I absolutely loved driving out there!
Qualcomm Stadium is definitely one of the smaller and older stadiums in the NFL. Even though it may not be the newest or fanciest, it is quite cozy. Plus I had an amazing view from my level 3 seats. I was sitting at the top of the stadium and honestly, I promise I didn't feel like I was in the clouds. I had a great view! It was a Monday Night Football game and man, was it one for the books! The Steelers scored the winning touchdown with only a few seconds left! It didn't help the Chargers much that over half of the stadium was filled with Steelers fans either! #HereWeGoSteelersHereWeGo!
I can't lie, after being in California for six days, I was exhausted! I grabbed this book from Barnes & Nobles in The Grove while in LA and decided to start it on the flight home. I'm a huge fan of Hillsong Church and their efforts to bring people to Christ so I knew this would be a good read.
I hope this photo heavy post inspires you to mark a few places off of your travel wish list!
If you're headed out to San Diego anytime soon, feel free to ask me any questions you may have! I'd love to help! I'll be covering my Houston/College Station and Pittsburgh trips over the next few weeks.
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