Tuesday 3 January 2023
It’s our last full day in California and we had planned a day trip to sunny San Diego. Only it’s not sunny, it’s raining. Again. So we abort our original plans in favour of a shopping trip, where we can at least keep dry.
So we drive into town to Promenade Temecula, which is the most enormous shopping mall I’ve ever experienced. It contains over 160 units, including several department stores.
We don’t even cover a fraction, but end up walking five miles. It’s not the most successful of trips, but by the end of the morning we have amassed a Mickey Mouse babygrow, a haircut (daughter no 2) and sore feet (me).
The old man opts to spend the morning sitting in the foyer playing games on his phone.
After a quick stop for groceries, we return to rescue the dog, who has been out in the rain all morning. It’s not that he doesn’t have anywhere to shelter; more that he’s stupid.
Finally, the rain subsides and we can spend one last evening relaxing and drinking Californian wine in the colour changing hot tub. Tomorrow sees the end of our Californian Christmas and we must clean the house and depart for our respective airports for our onwards journeys.