Casinos, palm trees, and the ocean.

It’s probably not a good idea to book trips after drinking a bottle of wine.

But sometimes it all works out.

The plan was to fly to San Diego, explore a bit, go to a Marine Ball, and then go home. But Nashville didn’t have direct flights, and after a bit of wine, Lex and I decided we wanted to stop in Vegas first.

We booked the flights and hotels and made it happen!

Our flight was at 6 am on a Thursday, so I woke up at 3 am, got ready, and headed to the airport. It was way too early and I didn’t care; I was excited anyway.

After a layover at LAX, we made it to Vegas around noon. We checked in early and started exploring right away.

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This Michigan girl still thinks palm trees are cool.

We didn’t have a lot of time, but I played a bit of Blackjack. (And did not win.)

Also, it was colder than normal (as usual) so it was better that we did some exploring inside.

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After making the mistake of going back to the hotel to rest up a bit, we struggled to get back out. But we were in Vegas and pushed forward!

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After dinner I made Alexa stop at the Bellagio to see the fountains before going to bed.

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I know, I know. It was only 11 pm. It had also been a very long day, and we had a 9 am flight to catch the next morning.

We landed in San Diego early the next day and headed straight to Pacific Beach for brunch and Mimosas.

This was my first time to California, and it was like nothing I had seen before. Mountains, ocean, highways. I was in awe.

We dropped our stuff off at the hotel and headed to La Jolla to hike the Ho Chi Minh Trail.

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Now the weather here was PERFECT!

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We headed back to the city after for dinner and drinks in the Gaslamp Quarter before bed.

The next day we enjoyed brunch, yet again, at the hotel bar before driving to Torrey Pines so I could dip my toes in the Pacific Ocean for the first time.

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Both oceans in one year!

I’m not gonna lie, one of the highlights of the trip was getting to try In N Out for the first time! It’s interesting how something that is normally not available to you can make you so excited to try it, but I was.

Then it was time to head to the desert for the Marine Ball.

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We clean up all right.

It was quite an experience, but our time on the west coast was much too short. We were dropped back off at the airport the next morning and made the journey back to Nashville.

I can’t wait to explore California more in the future!

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