Once March approached, we started to gather some of the plans. My role? Finding a place for us to stay. That was it. Everything else Joey decided to plan on his own and in secret.
The day before we left, I spotted this picture online:
This set the whole tone for the weekend. I ignore the words and focus on the picture for the answers. Fun puzzles with no expectations for me to guess it right since they're abstract in a lot of ways. I would take the last letter of the actual answer, and this leads me to the next envelope.
Here are the places where we ended up in two amazing days.
First envelope (E) I found a picture of a fire alarm. It was in reference to Jeff, Who Lives at Home where Susan Sarandon's character wants to kiss under a waterfall. That is what lead us to Cleveland National Forest to the Cedar Creek Falls Trail to see a waterfall. It was a very peaceful walk since we didn't run into any people until we made our way back.
Second Envelope (T) had an abstract picture that kept me guessing some type of picnic and jalapenos. It took us on a drive to Borrego Springs where we ate at Carmelita's Mexican Grill. We had a delicious meal of veggie quesadilla and a large tostada. We spent some time in the mall it was located in and bought a toy for our cats. We also went to a fudge and ice cream shop where we bought a little bit of both.
Third envelope (L) were pictures of strange statues we spotted outside of Borrego Springs. It was Galleta Meadows, a metal sculpture park. We bought a neat map that helped us find all the different type of statues. My favorites were the dinosaurs and sea serpent.
Fifth envelope (K) displayed four photos of bowls that could be seen as ice cream, porridge or soup. It was for Soups and Such, which ended up being closed when we reached Julian. We attempted a pie place, but they use lard (non-vegetarian) so we had desserts at our B&B. So it all worked out (and we were still pretty full from lunch).
Sixth envelope (H) was our bed and breakfast, Wikiup. The picture was of space and a spacechip since we rented the Stargazer suite. We missed breakfast the next morning since we needed to be out early, but we really enjoyed everything about the B&B. I'm hoping we will return there to stay again in the future and would definitely recommend the place.
Seventh envelope (P) was something I completely guessed as a joke. The shapes looked like animals so I wrote "Lions, Tigers and Bears-- oh my!" and we did end up going to an animal sanctuary Lions, Tigers, and Bears. We were hoping to go on our anniversary earlier this year, but it was too last minute. We've been watching Big Cat Rescue on YouTube for year and this is the closest thing to it in the San Diego area. My favorite was the tiger "Natasha", of course.
We had a bit of time leftover to we went to Alpine to the outlet mall there. I needed some new shoes and we found a Skechers stores. So happy I was able to find vegan shoes there!
Eighth envelope (RS) we drove into the Laguna Mountain for a Laguna campground picnic. I helped pick out the food and Joey found a nice spot by a meadow where we ate some veggies with dip, bread and cheese, chocolate covered cherries, fresh strawberries, and pretzels. There was barely any snow on the mountain, but it was the first patch we walked through all winter.
Tenth envelope (R) was where I rated the whole adventure from 1 to 10. I put Infinity +10. We went home to some happy kitties and crashed on the couch with lots of great memories.
It is times like this that I know more than ever that I've married my soulmate. We didn't have the radio on all weekend and were still able to come up with some type of conversation. We went from the city to country, snow to ocean, waterfall to desert. Quite an adventure! We loved exploring San Diego County and we know there is more out there to do-- with our best friend at our side.