January 24, 2012

missing mission beach.

Over the past few years — ever since graduation, really — I've learned that these are the weeks I most miss San Diego. During these end-of-January days, whether I'm in the midst of a blizzard or a rainstorm or even just a bitter cold day, all I can think about is Mission Beach.

I think about the USD campus and how it always reminded me a bit of Greece, stark whites against the deepest ocean blues — never mind that I haven't ever been to Greece. I think about Mission Beach, about driving there at the end of each day. Passing over the bridge just as the sun set over the waterfront rollercoaster. I think about the brightly colored houses, the salty smell of the air, the way tourists flocked in every weekend.

I think about entire mornings spent on the boardwalk, running or walking or some combination from pier to pier. Passing the locals, the rollerbladers, the girls in bikinis. Power-walking moms and vacationing families. I think about surfers and boats and blue, everywhere blue.

It's the blue that I miss this time of year.
In the midst of grays, my mind always goes back to the blue.

(Photos: My Flickr)


Will @ Bright.Bazaar said... [Reply to comment]

Thanks for helping me escape to the cold for a few minutes! London is very grey today too!

Nikskie said... [Reply to comment]

i think you miss san diego just like me miss bali so much....

Sam | ashore said... [Reply to comment]

so overwhelmingly home sick after reading this! Lately I've been looking back on those days - imagining feeling the sun on my face this time of year - and thinking "was that even real?"

Laura Marie said... [Reply to comment]

@Will @ Bright.Bazaar Oh how I miss London too... :) England is the only place where I don't mind the grey!

Maria said... [Reply to comment]

So beautiful! It's cold and rainy outside now and these pictures sure do take me to a place of warm sandy beaches!

I do, I do. said... [Reply to comment]

Cool pictures!

Sara said... [Reply to comment]

Amazing photos! I'm in need of warm weather and blue skies!

Betsey said... [Reply to comment]

Goodness, that is beautiful and it totally reminded me of Greece too!

Victoria said... [Reply to comment]

This sounds like such a wonderful place! I feel as if I should add the place to my bucket list! Thanks for the inspiration! I am s u p e r excited to be your newest follower!
Biggest love,
Victoria from Unlock Your World

Marshall said... [Reply to comment]

beautiful blog and post! happy to have found you and follow you (:
i'm from santa barbara and know EXACTLY what you mean about missing southern cali!

Devon @ TheMermaidChronicles said... [Reply to comment]

Hi there,
I just stumbled upon your blog. As I was reading through some of your posts I gasped when I saw a picture of USD. I went there too! and lived in mission beach! Small world, we'll have to chat sometime about it. I graduated in 2007. Cheers and great blog!