Let me just warn you ahead of time, this is a long post. With tons of pictures. I tried to pare it down, but I just couldn't stand to leave out too much. I'll keep the commentary spare. I think the pictures speak for themselves.
The reason we were in California in the first place is captured in this one very awkward photo. My parents were leading worship for the CLA conference, and Shawn and I came to join them in their worship band. This was the only song that Shawn didn't play guitar, too.
What a gorgeous, perfect place.
With our dear friend Justin as our guide, he showed us around this famous little beach town. This was also Shawn's first time in the Pacific Ocean!
The water was chilly and clear, and the air warm and sunny. It was our one perfect weather day of the trip and we soaked it up.
The homes in Coronado are precious (and I'm sure, millions of dollars. But that's beside the point).
There are roses everywhere, clean sidewalks, mowed lawns, and white picket fences. You'd think you were on a movie set.
I wouldn't mind living in this house....
Paradise Point Resort.
We ate lunch here right next to the water with Justin.
The bird in the picture looks innocent, but actually, swooped down and took a hunk out of Justin's burger. Lovely.
I'm sure to most San Diego natives, this is a tourist trap. But we enjoyed exploring it anyway. :)
At the top of the city.
This place was gorgeous. After winding up a steep mountain on a one-way street for a few miles, we landed here. The base of many steps that led to the most stunning 360 degree view of San Diego.
This was definitely the highlight of our trip! We'd been talking about visiting the Casters for so long, it was exciting to actually be in their home. Justin, obviously, was in his element... flipping across the back yard (look at those pointed toes!) and climbing trees, as you'll see later.
We so wish we lived closer and could hang out here more often. Justin has the most amazing family that I can't believe I didn't take more pictures of. I guess they'll have to make a trip out to Nashville soon... :)
I'm ashamed I didn't get more pictures here because we had such a fun time, but this cake that Katie made was to die for. And - get this - gluten-free! She is quite the gluten-free baker!
After dessert, a game of dominoes ensued with Justin, Katie, Christina, and Nick, who are the funnest family who we love very much, even though we just got to know them. :)
I had forgotten just how lush the foliage is in California. Even the weeds growing on the side of the interstate are colorful and beautiful.
This might be my favorite picture that I've ever taken... and my favorite flower I've ever seen... and it was just hanging out in Justin's back yard.
Ok, I know we're not flowers. But look at the huge ones behind us! This was at our hotel, where there were around 1500 rose bushes in bloom.