My name is Herbie and I haven’t blogged in a hot minute. Life has been pretty good and not much has changed since I last wrote. I’m still living in San Diego at gap intelligence. When the going gets tough I still curl into a tiny ball. One of my favorite hobbies is posing for pictures. I know how to smize (smile with my eyes) just like Tyra Banks. Recently I crawled into a Product Specialist’s oversized pink purse at gap intelligence and it was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. Erin Vogelsanger was thrilled to see me when she was riffling around for her car keys as I’m usually a welcomed stow away. Last time I spent a considerable amount of time with Erin she deep conditioned my fur. It had never been so soft. My most recent visit brought many exciting adventures,  which she chronicled on gap intelligence’s Instagram account. I had so much fun I figured a blog was in order too!

The first stop on our weekend was at Morley Field in North Park to watch a hundred adults participate in LARP festival. LARP stands for ‘live action role play’.  We stopped to take in the impressive intensity of those participating. Many of the costumes were intricately detailed and one person was even covered in green paint. Some were cloaked in velvet capes and all participants had weapons for battle. It was quite a sight and we found their passion inspiring.

Herbie at Morley Field

Watching LARP wore us out a bit so we decided to grab some coffee at Dark Horse in North Park to put some pep in our step. This coffee was jet fuel and got my motor running at top speed. Dark Horse is a charming coffee shop with really cool light bulbs. My only option for coffee at Liberty Station is Starbucks so I thoroughly enjoyed the craft caffeination Dark Horse pours. This was Erin’s first time at Dark Horse. She said she took me there because she loves to try new things and I admire her willingness to do so.

Herbie at Dark Horse Coffee

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and Kono’s in Pacific Beach is one of best breakfasts I have ever had the pleasure of enjoying. My plate was overflowing with food. We sat on the back patio overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Between the view and the delicious food I never wanted to leave. Our day at the beach was spectacular! We capped it off watching the sunset at Torrey Pines Gliderport. San Diego really is the most beautiful place for a Hedgehog to live. I’m lucky to call this magical place my home.

Herbie at the Beach

Traveling is another hobby of mine so you can imagine my excitement when Erin offered to take me to San Francisco. After doing a little research, we decided to head to the Mission for breakfast one morning. Tartine Bakery is famous for their buttery flakey croissants so Erin ordered one for us to share. I smized with our food and Erin posted the picture to gap intelligence’s Facebook.  It was such a decadent way to start our day! Famous luxury grocery store, Bi-Rite Market, was right around the corner so we decided to roam the aisles even if we wouldn’t be buying anything. Bi-Rite has row after row of gourmet food. If we weren’t so full from Tartine, our bank accounts would have been in serious trouble. San Francisco was lovely and I was sad to say goodbye. I hope to visit again soon.

Erin is a great hostess and her purse is so roomy I think I might hang with her for a long time. She is taking me to gap intelligence’s 3rd annual golf tournament, Drives for Rides, on Friday, May 1st. I’m looking forward to getting my smize on with the kids of the Emilio Nares Foundation. Be sure to follow us on Instagram and Facebook to see my next adventure!