Moving to a new area always starts with me writing a bucket list. This list mainly consists of things that most locals have done or tourist typically do. For example, here are some of the things on my list:
- Learn to surf
- Hike in Torrey Pines
- Visit the San Diego Zoo (DONE)
- Watch the Sunset in La Jolla (DONE)
- Bike around Coronado Island
- Mountain Bike (as much as possible and find new trails) (DONE/In PROCESS)
- Get a base tan (so I actually look like I live here) (STARTED)
- USS Midway Museum (DONE)
- Check out Balboa Park (DONE-But will do again)
- SUP in any of the bays
- Find the La Jolla Swings
The list is much longer than this, but this is just an example of some of the things I hope to accomplish in the first year of living here! The last one on the list (La Jolla Swings) I was actually quite unaware of before last week. A couple of girls from my work had found some post online of some swings that people could swing on and have spectacular views. So we decided to find them ourselves.
We did not have the best of directions to these swings. The directions we were using were actually from someones website about the swings (Link at bottom). We started to make our way towards La Jolla cove and UCSD. We arrived on a beautiful winding road where we found parking (the last spot). We started our decent down the road and found a tree with a ladder leaned up against it. This was a sign we were going on the correct path.
Once we passed the ladder tree we found the first swing. Now the swings we were looking for were supposed to have three individual swings all next to each other. There were three of us girls so we thought, hey, that would make an awesome photo. But they just had to the one. SO like any girl does with a camera and a beautiful backdrop, we all took turns taking our pictures on the swing.
Not completely satisfied with how there was only one swing, we ventured further in hopes of finding a bench swing that all of us could fit on. One of the girls had found a bench swing online, and it was close to us. We made our way past the Birch Aquarium and up a nearby hill and BAM, We found the bench swing!!!!
Now that we had found a bench swing we could all take a photo together! It was perfect. Amanda, very cleverly propped up her phone between two rocks and set the camera to record video. We then pushed ourselves on the swing, and started posing. This sounds a little rudementary, but in all honesty it was so much fun!
After the bench swing we made our way down to La Jolla Beach. We stopped by the cutest deli on our way and bought three delicious subs! (this place also had the best gluten free oatmeal cookies I have ever had)!
If anyone is looking to find the set of three swings, they have officially been taken down. All that remains of the La Jolla Swings is the bench and the solo swing (at least that I know of right now). I definitely recommend this beginner hike for anyone looking for some amazing views, a few laughs, and some cali sun!!
The directions we used: