Last weekend, Carolyn and I drove down to Chula Vista (about 10 miles south of San Diego) for her internship at the Olympic Training Center (OTC). She is going to be working with the sports medicine team for the US athletes prepping for the Olympics in BMX Biking, Field Hockey, Track & Field, and … I always forget one… Anyway, it is very exciting, and I’m proud of her.
I played the big sister role – heading down to be a second driver, to help carry heavy things, and deal with any minor crisis that arrive when moving. And, let me say, after having my major moves be across the country and via plane, moving via car is much more civilized.
Here is a little photographic story about our trip:
9AM – We hit the road after filling the car with gas, and us with caffeine.
Erin, you don’t understand. It’s a Weiner and mo-BILE. – Carolyn, (possible inaccurately quoted, =P )
Eventually she fell asleep, and I switched over to the audiobook for Mary Roach’s Stiff. After about three hours of driving (and still being a relatively inexperienced driver, especially at long-distances), I had to get out and walk around. We stopped and the rest stop had the above interesting machinery.
Carolyn took over driving, and I slept until the must-have stop at In-N-Out. Then we drove on through the Grapevine, seeing some lovely vistas like the above. Anthony Bourdain’s excellent memoir Kitchen Confidentiall kept us entertained and slightly disgusted until we hit Anaheim and started listening to the very exciting 49er v. Saints playoff game.
All in all, it was a very pleasant drive and we the whole drive took about 8 hours, which was great.
After we rested and got cleaned up some, we met our cousin Darcy for dinner in San Diego. (As long as there is no traffic, it seems like everything is 14 minutes away between San Diego/Chula Vista/Coronado). We went to the R Gang Eatery, and had a ton of delicious food including Brussels sprouts and the bone marrow & beef cheeks dish above. While eating, Darcy entertained us with hilarious stories of her life as an office temp and nanny as she studies for the MCAT.
After wandering around the Hotel, we headed back to the beach. As Syche and I recently talked about, rocks-in-water are my favorite thing in nature, followed by clouds. This beach did not disappoint, and provided many a lovely vista.
2:30pm – After checking in, Carolyn calls our Mom to report on the trip thus far.
3:30pm – After we began to move her in, we shortly realized we needed more containers. Off to Walmart! Just as if our dad was with us, we loaded the carts with various bins and many more hangers.
5:15pm – We finished her move in and rushed off the San Diego airport. I said good-bye, wishing I could stay longer, but very excited for all Carolyn would be doing the next five months.
6:30pm – I sat in the airport and jotted off a couple quick postcards.
9:15pm – Back home! And planning the next adventure.
It was a great, if quick, trip. Can’t wait for when I can return to San Diego for a longer trip.