San Diego – Countryside, Suburbs and Downtown
Have you ever heard of Jamul, California? We never had and sometimes ignorance is the best way to start off a trip. If we don’t know where we’re going there’s zero preconceived notions or expectations.
This is exactly how our trip through San Diego County started. All we knew is that we’re staying at Thousand Trails Pio Pico campground in Jamul, a town that’s no more than a tiny dot on the map.
Turns out it’s a beautiful countryside retreat for the city dwellers and a quiet base camp for travelers.
Oh and it’s a heaven for bicyclers, bikers and off road junkies! Even we couldn’t resist exploring all the back country dirt roads…and yes people looked at us very curiously when they passed!
Chula Vista is a suburban community on the way to San Diego and home to one of our YouTube fans. Sunny noticed Jason right away walking around at the campground and she was so excited to have us in her neighborhood she invited us for dinner to talk all things RV (they are getting ready to hit the road full time) and stuff us full of fabulous Korean delights! It was by far our best San Diego dining experience!
There is nothing better than making new friends on the road. It’s our favorite part of the full time traveling lifestyle. If you see these faces camping next to you, make sure and say hello…and ask Sunny for her mussel recipe, you won’t be disappointed!
San Diego was a 30min drive from the campground so a day trip into the city was a no brainer. Of course we’ve been to San Diego before but it’s one of our favorite big cities, and sometimes we need a little urban culture after living in the “sticks” for an extended period of time.
The Gaslamp Quarter is a historical neighborhood in downtown packed with great people watching, cute shops and tons of foodie hang outs. Sure its a little touristy, but you’ll also find plenty of locals enjoying the never-ending people watching.
We settled on Café 21 for lunch and had a very interesting (though not so tasty) Bloody Mary…It was like a $15 salsa verde gone wrong.
The sangrias were beautifully displayed, all house infused and would’ve been a much better choice. Oh well, next time.
Luckily the food was great and served fresh from nearby farms.
After walking off our funky buzz, we headed over to Coronado Island for some beach time. Coronado is laid back and upscale all at the same time. The Hotel Del is historical, beautiful, and a definitely touristy…but always a must stop! The moo time ice cream shop is kind of a traditional stop for us and even if you don’t like ice cream, there’s no way you can resist the overwhelming smell of waffle cones.
Jason’s aunt Cindy once lived on the Island and our first big trip together as a couple was to visit her. We have loads of fond memories of being a young new couple, holding hands, making out on the beach, getting sun burns and still trying to impress each other. Good to know things haven’t changed too much.
Seems we weren’t the only ones falling in love on the beaches of California.
So there you have it, a brief roundup of our short visit in San Diego County. If you are planning a trip through the area and looking for a place to park it (or rent a cabin) Pio Pico Campground is a beautiful location. Check out the video we produced for the campground and you can see for yourself.
Two pieces of advice: 1. There are two ways into the campground and highway 94 is not so safe for Big Rigs 2. Cell service is limited so make sure you have a signal booster if you need to be connected like us. Oh yea, for that town of Jamul….I don’t think we ever found it, must be really tiny!
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Disclaimer: While we were compensated to film the campground (thanks Encore!)…all of our experiences and opinions are not purchased and are still our own.
Hello , what a great blog , can I ask if you got cell service and wifi at the pio pico resort and what kind of boosters or wifi range extenders you used ?
Your new website is getting me to places I have never been before. There are parts that still need work and I don’t know how to communicate to you which bits don’t work as I come across them. Looks like you have some new photo equipment, too.
I remember the Moo Creamery well! The smell of the fresh waffle cones were worth every sit up! I’m so glad you got the opportunity to enjoy Coronado Island again with your bigger boy pants on! lol Great memories for me as well!!!! Miss and love you guys!
Ahh yes, the smell of waffle cones wafting across the beach makes for one unique experience. YUM!
You guys are so cute !! I love your footloose and fancy free way of living!
I have a converted MCI bus but I only get away about once a month. I’m not a fulltimer but i still love it !
I love your videos. Thank You for posting them. They make me happy 🙂
Our Pleasure Georgie! We love the MCI conversions, from the few we’ve been into it seems like a very high end company….not a bad place to call home while on the road 🙂
I so understand the need for “urban culture”. Last year when we were workamping in the hill country, we would have to make a trip into Austin every couple of weeks to avoid death by boredom!
Austin is a great escape for sure! We need to hear more about this workamping in the Hill Country, its such a beautiful place.
The Hill Country was beautiful. We weren’t very far from Inks Lake, so we visited there quite often. We also got to enjoy the Bluebonnets. Kevin did some tent camping at Colorado Bend on one of days off, he enjoyed riding his bike on the trails. I know it’s hard to believe, but the best Thia restaurant we have ever eaten at so far was in Burnet, TX.