Sunday, January 8, 2012

Our Adventure to Pacific Beach, California

This past Saturday was a bit of an overcast, windy day when we headed over to see what Pacific Beach had to offer.  I had previously heard from a few sources that the Pacific Beach Boardwalk was worth checking out, so this was the perfect time to go on an adventure together.  When we arrived, amazingly we immediately found a free parking stall on Garnet Street good for two hours.  At the end of Garnet Street is Crystal Pier.

We were walking along the boardwalk and decided to check out the waves.  The best place to do it was up close and personal, so we went down on the beach.  There were a few others on the beach, some surfers catching the great waves and some kids digging with their shovels.  We walked mostly on the beach and on the way back we walked on the Boardwalk.  The Boardwalk was full of people strolling and taking it all in and there were quite a bit of bicycle riders.

Here are a few photos we got of our day at the beach.

While there, we saw the shops that line the Boardwalk.  The Pacific Beach Boardwalk was cement different then the wooden Boardwalks in Ocean City, Maryland and Atlantic City, New Jersey that we had previously visited.  The concept is the same ~ a beach community with a Boardwalk lined with small shops catered more toward tourists and restaurants to suit all tastes and flavors.  

We decided that we wanted to finally try Joe's Crab Shack.  We had seen them all over but never got around to actually trying them out until now.  It was casual dining complete with bibs to protect your clothing from flying crab meat and dripping butter. We did not use them of course. After our hostess and server explained to us how things work and talked about a few dishes, we sat their pondering on what we wanted to try.  We decided to try the Classic Crab Pot while our youngest had the chicken fingers meal.  Our meals were so delicious, we had to get a picture of it.

This was the view from our table.

Our meals were delicious and we were really full when we left.  After we ate lunch, our free two hour parking was up.  While walking to our car, we saw hula hoopers toward Garnet Street.

Our adventure was complete, our stomach's were full and we were tired when we got home.  That is a sure sign that all had a great adventure. 

In December 2011, we checked out part of Garnet Street.  Garnet Street is full of life, restaurants and shops.  People are out and about living their lives.

Pacific Beach is definitely worth taking another adventure to.

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