Monday, November 26, 2007

Beachy Thanksgiving

Since our last post, it's been a whirlwind of fun around the Hoffman House.

Lovely Natalie arrived into Tucson Wednesday evening after a day of hopscotching across the country from New York. We picked her up from the airport and drove directly to San Diego for Thanksgiving at the Beach! She was a good sport about adding 6 hours of driving time onto her already long day of travel.
We stayed in a beautiful hotel in the Gaslamp District that we would highly recommend checking out if you're ever in the area (Sofia Hotel). Thursday morning we watched a little of the Macy's Parade (we couldn't bear to buck tradition completely!) before heading out to our favorite bakery with sidewalk seating for brunch and coffee (Bread & Cie). After life-changing sandwiches of brie, honey and bacon and lots of people watching we headed to Balboa park for an afternoon of exploring, relaxing, and stopping to smell the roses.
Balboa Park

Sunset on Coronado Island was next on the agenda. We enjoyed cocktails on the patio while watching the sun set over the Pacific. B-e-a-utiful! During our walk through the town of Coronado we stumbled upon the Rhino Cafe (which looked like it was part of a movie scene) advertising a Thanksgiving Special. We made reservations and returned to a fabulous traditional feast for Natalie and Ben and pasta for Kara.

The highlight of Day 2 in San Diego was La Jolla. We watched seals and sea lions sunbathing along the coast. I think even Ben would agree this is better than watching football!
Back in Tucson, we packed in the activities before Natalie's midnight departure on Sunday. We went for a long, fun, freezing hike on Mt. Lemmon (it even snowed!) during which Charlie showed off his athletic abilities.

It was sad to have the fun end with Natalie's red-eye departure, but Christmas is only 4 weeks away!

Here are the rest of the photos from Natalie's visit. Enjoy!

San Diego Pictures

1 comment:

Natalie said...

Thanks for showing me such a wonderful time guys!! I'm bummed its over but have already started the countdown to our Christmas reunion. Love and miss you already!

P.S. Charlie is looking more photogenic than usual in these pics, don't you agree?