Halfway through our last Arizona stay, my parents surprised us with the idea of taking a road trip from Arizona to...
...Orange County, California! We had never experienced Southern California before, so we hopped in the car with excitement and headed out.
We spent three nights out west and crammed in all the sights that we possibly could. On our first day, we started out with a little shopping and then walked around The CAMP in Costa Mesa -- a beautifully converted outdoor space filled with thoughtful shops, restaurants and a public hammock (which is now at the top of my wish list of cool things :)
Who's with me on the hammock?!
After a grabbing a quick lunch here, we headed a city over, to Newport Beach, to get a good look at the ocean! This was also Pierogi and Gilly's first trip to a beach, so we were curious about how they would react.
Their reactions did not disappoint! They pounced in the sand, sampled the sand, barked at seaweed, chased seagulls and stared at the ocean with wide eyes.
When we reached the pier, we realized that no dogs were allowed on the pier and so we continued into a few souvenir shops and down the boardwalk. The area was full of activity while we were there: cute surreys glided around, people waited at every chocolate covered banana stand and doggies soaked up the sun from the balconies of colorful beachfront properties.
After following the boardwalk for a while, we got back in the car and drove a few blocks to continue down Balboa Peninsula. There were more shops, a classic carnival and an amazing view of all the homes stacked across the bay.
Later, we ended our day in Huntington Beach, where we got dinner at the coolest food court and literally chased a sunset! My mom mentioned that we could get lucky and see a rare green flash across the ocean, but if it happened, we blinked through it.
The next day, we started off in San Juan Capistrano. Have you ever heard of the city? It has super old roots. We mostly walked around the Los Rios Historic District, which holds the title for being the oldest neighborhood in California. It's a peaceful and cozy area that includes a park, butterfly garden and a functioning train station from the 19th century.
Then, after a picnic in the park, we spent the rest of the day at the Dana Point Tide Pools.
It was one of the those views that you can never fully take in -- no matter how long you cast your eyes upon it. Pierogi and Gilly repeatedly sniffed the salty air and playfully rolled around on the rocks.
How cute are these sea lions? ;)
We had no idea what to expect from SoCal (can I use that phrase now that we've been there? :), but we're already dreaming about our next visit...
Woof! (Hey, there!) Pierogi, Gilly and Sarah here. Thanks for stopping by our dog blog. We're a little dog-obsessed around here and Pierogi & Co. is all about inspiring you to enjoy the dog days. Because life's more fun with your best (furry) friend by your side. So grab a bone and follow along as we stop to sniff the flowers...