Last Friday, I boarded a plane to San Diego, CA for my first flight in seven years. I’d been to San Diego 15+ years ago during a family trip to California, but this trip was for business. Lucky for me, the fun folks at Hyundai know that business is always better when mixed with some adventure! So after I had some lunch at the Sheerwater Restaurant, while enjoying the beautiful ocean view, it was time for a tour of the fascinating Hotel del Coronado. By the way, if you eat at the Sheerwater look on the roof and you’ll see a seagull or two, the staff affectionately calls them Charlie, and take turns watching him when bringing food out to the tables.
Afterwards, I decided to take a long walk on the beachfront path and do some exploring. I really can’t remember the last time I walked and was able to enjoy nature. Coronado Island is simply gorgeous, and has such a laid back feel that I could easily return to spend time enjoying the beach and exploring the shops. On my walk, I discovered the Coronado Sandman, a local celebrity of sorts that uses a broom, dustpan and bucket of sand to create art on the streets of Coronado.
In the morning on my way to breakfast, I passed two Paris Hawks perched on the lawn of the Del Coronado. Their owner was kind enough to let us take photos, and even pose with the birds. He told me they’re relatively calm unless they see a rabbit and then things “will get ugly.” I guess its a good thing they didn’t see the bunny I passed on my walk Friday afternoon.
But the real adventure started Saturday afternoon, as we drove the new Hyundai Sante Fe around the winding roads to the charming town of Julian, CA for lunch. We even saw Obama and a Unicorn!
Next stop, lunch at The Julian Grille, in downtown Julian, on Main Street. You can sit inside the cottage that was built in the 1920s, or outside on the large patio area and enjoy the sunny weather. Regardless of what you have for lunch or dinner here, make sure and save room for the pie. Their apple mountain berry pie with raspberries, strawberries and boysenberries tossed with apples, and a crumb top was worth bending my diet.
After devouring the pie, we headed to the Torrey Pines Gliderport with plans to go hang gliding over the cliffs at Black’s Beach. Unfortunately, Mother Nature was being uncooperative and with less wind than needed, conditions were only suitable for paragliding. Did I mention I’m terrified of heights? TERRIFIED! So why on earth would I go soaring above the ocean, and cliffs, because lately, the only adventure in my life has been changing diapers and chasing down the kids when they decide to make a run for it at the circus.
My pilot Bob has been paragliding for over 8 years, and was happy when I asked if we could do some fun tricks instead of just cruising up and down the coast line. Again, the wind didn’t exactly work in our favor, but we were able to do a few sharp turns that provided an adrenaline rush. His favorite thing to do when flying solo: do upside down turns, something the rig isn’t exactly designed for, but he likes to push the limits.
From start to finish, the entire trip was an amazing experience. A huge thanks to Hyundai for packing so much fun into the weekend and giving me the opportunity to try new adventures.
This review was written by a Makobi Scribe staff member Kristin Barclay.