6 Not-So-Secret Spots in San Diego Everyone Should Try

6 Not-So-Secret Spots in San Diego Everyone Should Try

Take a chance and explore what these spots have to offer.
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1. Spruce Street Suspension Bridge

This bridge is right in the heart of the Bankers Hill neighborhood. It's secluded, secretive, peaceful, serene, and most importantly, it floats over hundred of treetops, and sways side to side as you walk on it.

2. The Secret Swings

These swings are near Scripps Pier in La Jolla (that's all you get, sorry). Multiple swings hang from a tree that overlook the most beautiful view of the beach. Talk about the best seats in the house...

3. Windandsea Beach

Coronado and Sunset Cliffs are outmoded beaches, especially if you're a San Diego native. Windandsea beach is where you'll catch all the locals -- the waves are intense, the breeze is fresh, and there are many rocks and cliffs that you can sit on as you overlook the sunset. Driving out here after school or during the weekend with friends is the best thing one can do!

4. Salk Institute

The Salk Institute is a scientific research center. Once you're there, look closely into the office windows and you'll notice tons of laboratories. Most people just go to admire the architectural design of the institute; it peacefully sits alongside the beach and has a long water stream that runs through the center of the buildings. There are many levels and cool hiding spots, it's a perfect place to take pictures.


5. James Coffee

This coffee shop has to be one of my favorites. It's on India Street and has an edgy, yet rustic warehouse vibe. The staff is incredibly friendly, and they always know how to spark up a conversation. They also have some cool neighbors -- a shaving parlor, sunglass shop, and bike shop. The interior design is simple, yet very aesthetically appealing. They sell various different types of merchandise, like tee shirts and of course, coffee blends. The White Owl pour over coffee and Iced Chai Tea Latte are my personal favorites.

6. Wow Wow Waffle

If you're a waffle fan, this is the perfect place for you. If you're a picky person (or just not adventurous enough), be aware that it's practically behind a laundromat. Don't be mistaken, the waffles and toppings are genius. The most popular waffle is the bacon, avocado and goat cheese, but I've yet to get my hands on one but don't be scared to venture out and get your hands on one of these tasty waffles! A definite and personal recommendation of mine would be the Nutella with fruit and Brie and Jam Waffle --they're amazing! The staff is very friendly, and the owner even brings out the food for each customer. It might sound like a hole in the wall, but it's really just a relaxed and cute spot that many people have yet to discover. Don't be intimidated, try something new!

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8 Reasons Why My Dad Is the Most Important Man In My Life

Forever my number one guy.
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Growing up, there's been one consistent man I can always count on, my father. In any aspect of my life, my dad has always been there, showing me unconditional love and respect every day. No matter what, I know that my dad will always be the most important man in my life for many reasons.

1. He has always been there.

Literally. From the day I was born until today, I have never not been able to count on my dad to be there for me, uplift me and be the best dad he can be.

2. He learned to adapt and suffer through girly trends to make me happy.

I'm sure when my dad was younger and pictured his future, he didn't think about the Barbie pretend pageants, dressing up as a princess, perfecting my pigtails and enduring other countless girly events. My dad never turned me down when I wanted to play a game, no matter what and was always willing to help me pick out cute outfits and do my hair before preschool.

3. He sends the cutest texts.

Random text messages since I have gotten my own cell phone have always come my way from my dad. Those randoms "I love you so much" and "I am so proud of you" never fail to make me smile, and I can always count on my dad for an adorable text message when I'm feeling down.

4. He taught me how to be brave.

When I needed to learn how to swim, he threw me in the pool. When I needed to learn how to ride a bike, he went alongside me and made sure I didn't fall too badly. When I needed to learn how to drive, he was there next to me, making sure I didn't crash.

5. He encourages me to best the best I can be.

My dad sees the best in me, no matter how much I fail. He's always there to support me and turn my failures into successes. He can sit on the phone with me for hours, talking future career stuff and listening to me lay out my future plans and goals. He wants the absolute best for me, and no is never an option, he is always willing to do whatever it takes to get me where I need to be.

6. He gets sentimental way too often, but it's cute.

Whether you're sitting down at the kitchen table, reminiscing about your childhood, or that one song comes on that your dad insists you will dance to together on your wedding day, your dad's emotions often come out in the cutest possible way, forever reminding you how loved you are.


7. He supports you, emotionally and financially.

Need to vent about a guy in your life that isn't treating you well? My dad is there. Need some extra cash to help fund spring break? He's there for that, too.

8. He shows me how I should be treated.

Yes, my dad treats me like a princess, and I don't expect every guy I meet to wait on me hand and foot, but I do expect respect, and that's exactly what my dad showed I deserve. From the way he loves, admires, and respects me, he shows me that there are guys out there who will one day come along and treat me like that. My dad always advises me to not put up with less than I deserve and assures me that the right guy will come along one day.

For these reasons and more, my dad will forever be my No. 1 man. I love you!

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6 Reasons Traveling Is Good For Your Mind, Body, And Soul

Wherever you go, go with all your heart.

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Have you ever traveled to a new destination and felt your mood instantly improve? Are you like me and feel happiest when you're on vacation? This is because traveling is a way for you to renew your soul and step out of your comfort zone. It keeps you happy and allows you to experience new things.

Visiting new destinations can open your mind to experiences you didn't even know were possible. You can meet new people, fall in love, try new foods, and see remarkable sites all while traveling. There are no limits to the places you can visit, and the things you can see. Currently, I am on a mini weekend trip to Arizona, and being here has opened my eyes and made me realize how impactful traveling really is on your mind, body, and soul. Traveling should be something you do as often as possible and whenever you get the chance. Here's why:

1. Traveling makes your heart happy 

Traveling is something that most people enjoy. It keeps the heart young and childlike. Traveling brings people joy because they get to experience new things that they love with the people they love.

2. It teaches you to embrace every moment 

Traveling can be unpredictable, especially because you are experiencing new things. Although it can be challenging, we learn best from these unpredictable moments. When we travel we learn to embrace every situation that is thrown at us.

3. Traveling relieves stress and improves mental health 

Traveling reduces stress and allows you to relax. More often than not, you take off work when you go on vacation and you focus on renewing your self. You get away from all the crazy things going on in your life, and you can just relax and focus on your own happiness.

4. It broadens your horizons 

Traveling lets you branch out and experience different cultures. You can try new foods, new activities, and meet all different types of people. You learn diversity, and you learn respect for other people and their culture's. Traveling helps you learn other perspectives around the world and lets your mind think in ways it never has before.

5. It keeps you healthy 

Traveling actually plays a big part in your physical health as well. During vacations, you often walk a lot to destinations and participate in calorie burning activities like hiking and swimming. Activities like these are often why you still are able to get your workout in while on vacation.

6. Traveling reminds you what is important 

Most importantly, traveling reminds you of the important things in life. We live day by day forgetting that every moment is remarkable. Sometimes, we get stuck in the same old boring routine and take for granted the life we have been given. Traveling reminds us that memories are valuable and that our lives should be cherished.

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