explore :: your home

When was the last time you went on an adventure in your own hometown? The last time you really explored the oh-so-familiar terrain?

This is where I live. Of course, this isn’t my everyday view of San Diego. Last weekend I went whale watching, and this is the gorgeous view heading out of the harbor downtown.

Whale watching is something I’ve wanted to do since I moved back to San Diego, almost four years ago. I just never really got around to it.

It was a gorgeous, albeit slightly chilly, day to be out on the water.

That’s me, waiting for the boat to take off and explore the SoCal coastline in search of breaching gray whales.

In all honesty, we didn’t see any whales that day. Not a one. But that didn’t matter. It was still an experience. A San Diego experience.

And there was lots of other things to see. Before I moved to San Diego, I lived in Saint Paul, Minnesota, for four years. Three as a college student, and one as a workin’ girl. When I left, I was disappointed that I hadn’t explored Saint Paul and Minneapolis–the Twin Cities–more.

Every city (or town) has a unique fingerprint, with curves and swirls of personality all its own. I don’t know how long I will call San Diego home. But I do know that if I ever leave for a new adventure, I want to leave knowing that I explored and experienced my home.

In the midst of wanderlust and voyaging, never forget to look at the ground beneath your feet.

How well do you know your home?


About Stephanie Carbajal

Creative freelancer living, working, and playing in the Pacific Northwest.
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