I was feeling brave and decided to travel solo. I searched for flights to San Diego, trying to avoid going through Dallas and trying to find the cheapest days to fly. I was surprised to find that American was cheaper than Southwest, however when you add for baggage, the cost was approximately equal. I liked the timing of the American flights and booked the flight with one stop in Phoenix. The flight was uneventful, other than seeing snow capped mountains. We arrived early but had to sit on the tarmac for 30 minutes. Then when we were attempting to take off for San Diego, 13 other planes were lined up all waiting to take off, so we waited a few minutes more. The flight was over, we arrived on time.
My cousin picked me up at the San Diego air port and we ate lunch by the bay. I had the best blue crab sandwich and took half to her husband. They were staying in a condo overlooking the Pacific Ocean.
We walked along the beach every day at least 3 times a day. We talked late into the night every night. She shared her daughter and grandson with me. I enjoyed a special time with the family.
She had a list of places to share with me during my stay. At the end of four days, she remarked that we had done everything on her list. I took that as a sign that the length of my visit was just right.
We drove to Encinitas CA. I loved the city beside the ocean with access to LA and points in between by hopping the rails. Riding the train was one thing we did not have time to do, hopefully another time. I asked her what Encinitas meant in Spanish, she wasn’t sure so I searched Wikipedia to discover it means little oaks. That’s so perfect.
We visited the Golden Lotus Temple at the Self-Realization Fellowship overlooking the beach. The meditation gardens were established in 1920 by Paramahansa Yogananda. It was a peaceful site. This picture shows the entrance to the right. It was a peaceful, calming place.