Tours, travels, hikes and journeys!

My previous post inspired me. I often walk this boardwalk, spent my childhood vacations walking this boardwalk and in my life since then.  So some of these photos are the same location as pictures from the previous post and many are not.

The first photo is off an octopus mural on the boardwalk at the end of Garnet Ave.  So let’s start our walk:

Mural at Boardwalk and Grand Ave

This next photo is of the Baja Beach Cafe, formally Green Flash. A place where my Mom and I often enjoyed many meals.

Baja Beach Cafe former Green Flash

 

Shark mural on the side of an ice cream stand:

Mural on Icecream stand

These are called The Beach Cottages.  I stayed here in a hotel room, at spring break, with my Mom and best friend, Dottie, when I was a Junior in High School and later stayed in one of the cottages in the front in the summer of 1975, after driving to San Francisco, from Tucson, AZ, then coming down the coast to see my Grandmother, in Van Nuys, for the last time before she died later that summer.

Beach Cottages

Next we are walking by the Banana Bungalow hostel

 

Banana Bungalow Hostel

This is my favorite sno-cone stand, my guilty pleasure :)

Favorite sno cone stand

Next we pass The Surfer Hotel and World Famous Restaurant.  I have stayed at the surfer numerous times alone and with my Mother when she was alive, along with my son.  I stayed here for 10 days in 1999, after being with my Mom during her death, then clearing out her house for sale.  This was my refuge. I have eaten in the restaurant many times for breakfast, lunch and dinner. It is my favorite beach restaurant and it has great food.

Surfer Hotel and World Famous Restaurant

Next is the Crow’s nest studio that sits on top of a 2 bedroom beach cottage.  This and the house just to the east of it were owned by a woman who had worked on the Valley Religious Task Force board with me during the years of 1994-1997 when I did volunteer work with Central American Refugees…teaching classes, fixing up the homeless shelter we ran, giving massages to refugees, serving on the board, protesting against the covert wars in Central America and the poor treatment of the refugees, etc.  The owner of this property let my son and I stay in the Crow’s nest, for free, for a week in the summer of 1995, after a horrible break up. I was exhausted and emotionally spent, so my son and I drove from Tempe, AZ to rest and heal here.

Crows nest

This is my favorite house on the beach. It reminds me of a house in Italy or France.

Favorite house on mission beach

Next we come to Hamel’s, the store that looks like a castle. This is on Mission beach. I went in there for the first time on this stroll.  I have an “adopted” Navajo daughter who has 9 children and I wanted to look at their t-shirt collection for kids so I could gift them all San Diego t-shirts, along with wanting to gift the two children of my ex-Seattle landlords.

Hamels on Mission beach

Now we are at the famous Belmont Park and it’s wooden roller coaster. I spent so many fun filled days and nights here as a child.  I was especially fond of the fun house with the wavy mirrors and the spinning wooden floor that would ultimately spin you off to the sides. The roller coaster was shut down for awhile but now has been repaired.  In this complex there is now a miniature golf course I plan to check out, a wave house where you can surf the indoor waves, and a large salt water pool called The Plunge. It is closed for repairs. Darn!

Belmont Park and roller coaster

From here, I left the boardwalk, took off my shoes and walked down to the ocean and walked back next to the water, enjoying the hard wet sand under my feet. Looking north at the end of my walk there was Crystal Pier and the private cottage rentals.  Friends of my family used to stay in these many years ago.  San Diego was such a popular destination for many families in my southern AZ hometown, so families would plan vacations together. This provided us kids other children to play with and company for our parents as well.  I’m ready to leave San Diego now but it will always hold an important place in my heart.

Crystal Pier and cottages

As a child, I used to take my heavy canvas raft out beyond the waves and hang out for many hours, unafraid. My parents let me go, which was quite the opposite of the over vigilance in my hometown.  I’d often sit on the beach at night, listening to the waves.  I have many fond memories of this place from both childhood and adulthood. Some of the buildings along the boardwalk have remained the same, some have been torn down and replaced with newer buildings and some have been upgraded.

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Mural on Icecream stand

katelon:

I have walked this stretch, while on vacations, since childhood! I missed some of these so wanted to share!

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Cool art on a music store window on Garnet Avenue.

Cool art on a music store window on Garnet Avenue.

Yesterday I went for a very long walk through Pacific Beach and Mission Beach, two extremely popular beach destinations just a few miles north of downtown San Diego.

I began by walking west along Garnet Avenue in Pacific Beach, from around Ingraham Street all the way to the beautiful and historic Crystal Pier. This stretch contains more bars, tattoo parlors, smoke shops and swimwear stores than just about anywhere else in Southern California. It’s a young, hip, beachy sort of place, that’s mostly laid back and unpretentious. You’ll see bikinis and skateboarders and tourists and families and surfboards atop cars and under arms just about everywhere you go.

You’ll also see a lot of very cool urban art: on walls, on windows, on rooftops, in alleys…all over the place! Here are some random pics I took as I walked westward…

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More Balboa Park Photos

Since being in San Diego again, Balboa park has become one of my favorite hang out places.  I’m more of an outdoors/country person and thrive when I can go out on the isolated hikes like I did while in Tucson, AZ.  I have tried to find such places in San Diego but the traffic deters me and being around the city and crowds is a bit overwhelming for me energetically.  So Balboa park becomes my go to place.  I usually go on a weekday when it is less crowded.  Somehow the architecture and landscaping gives me some sense of that nature vibration I’m seeking and the buffer from traffic and city life

This last visit I explored a couple areas I hadn’t explored before:

I love all the arches on the various buildings.

ArchesMore arches

 

I took the time this visit to check out the Spanish Village Art  Center.  There are various studios run by artists using different mediums.  Here is a picture of the bright tiled pathway. the next picture is of the kaleidoscope flower pot, set at the north end of the village. You spin the pot and look through the viewer and see a  kaleidoscope view of the flowering plants in the pot.

Pathway  Kalidiscope flower pot Flower pot view

This is a picture of the lovely detailed columns that appear on buildings throughout the park.

Columns

There are many exhibitions, movies, plays, and performances going on daily at the park in addition to the zoo, museums, restaurants, gardens and attractions to see.  I invite you to go check it out!!!

 

I recently stayed in the South Park area of San Diego.  Growing up,  our San Diego trips consisted almost solely in Pacific beach, Mission beach, Mission bay, with brief trips to Old Town, Mission Valley for shopping, La Jolla for shopping, and rare trips to Tijuana for jai alai games.  What a treat and education it has been to stay all over San Diego county over the last several months, learn the freeways, short cuts, neighborhoods, stores, and flavor of all these places.  I love going more deeply into places, relationships, ideas…creating intimacy and understanding.

Here are some of the places and sights that caught my eye during my neighborhood walks:

This is a whimsical house I found and loved.  I don’t normally think of that word but met the owner and stated, “oh, your house is so” …..and the word whimsical came out.  He said he was a whimsical guy. I could see in his house and his furniture was also whimsical :)

Whimsical house

I loved the magic in these big unopened blossoms.

 

Flower bud 2 Flower bud

 

These are murals on the side of the Albert Einstein academy, a charter school for higher achieving students.

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Mural at school

Mural at school 2

Two great beautiful and big trees.Park next to golf courseHuge tree

This is a view looking west, toward Balboa Park, on a bridge on 30 Street.

View off 30th st. bridge looking west to Balboa park

I like the big rock columns and chimney on this probably 100 year old home.

Columns on house and rock wall

These were a mural on the wall of a neighborhood home.

Mural on house wall 2Mural on house wall

This was a cool mural on a wall, and it had a boulder placed in front of it that fit into the mural scenery and the landscaped yard…very cleaver and creative. Look beyond the bigger boulder with the dark purple plant in front of it, and you’ll see the smaller boulder sitting in front of the mural.

Mural with rock blending in

This was a very strange alley wall on a house. It is a working chalkboard you can write on. I didn’t take a picture of it but they had spray painted some dead and dried large plants in the flowerbed next to the sidewalk, in front of the house.  It was actually very dramatic and strangely lovely.

Side wall to house with chalk board

Hope you have enjoyed this walk with me!  Please share your thoughts and impressions, “like” the post if you do, and if you’d like to join me on more walks and tours, sign up to follow my blog via email, link on the side. You don’t have to be on wordpress to do so.

Photos by Katelon Jeffereys

katelon:

Very fun thing to look for at Balboa Park, San Diego, CA

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Interesting contraption in a nook at Spanish Village.

Interesting contraption in a nook at artsy Spanish Village.

In a nook of Balboa Park’s Spanish Village, right next to the San Diego Mineral and Gem Society building, you’ll find this interesting contraption. Is it an antique device once used to navigate a ship? Is it a microscope? What is it?

It’s a kaleidoscope mounted above a revolving bowl of flowers! Instead of turning the kaleidoscope tube, you whirl the bowl of blooms and watch different colorful patterns form through the lens. Several mirrors in the tube create the complex symmetry.

Once I figured out what the contraption was, I tried putting my camera right up to the eyepiece. I got a bunch of interesting photos!

A kaleidoscope aimed at turning bowl of flowers.

A kaleidoscope aimed at turning bowl of flowers.

Mirrors of kaleidoscope turn flower blooms into art.

Mirrors of kaleidoscope turn flower blooms into art.

Revolving the bowl turns flowers and leaves into amazing patterns.

Revolving the bowl turns flowers and leaves into amazing patterns.

Infinite beauty created via the reflection of light.

Infinite beauty created via the reflection of light.

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katelon:

I’m learning new things about the San Diego area!
Check this out……..

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Wizard of Oz author L. Frank Baum rented this house in Coronado.

Wizard of Oz author L. Frank Baum rented this house in Coronado.

L. Frank Baum is one of America’s most beloved authors. He wrote the Wizard of Oz series of novels.

Baum, who lived in South Dakota, spent many winters at this rented house in Coronado, where he wrote three novels: Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz, The Emerald City of Oz and The Road to Oz, plus significant portions of The Marvelous Land of Oz.

When not writing, he enjoyed himself at the nearby Hotel del Coronado. The Victorian architecture of the famous beach resort is said to be the inspiration for much of the fantastic imagery in the Oz novels.  He personally designed the huge crown-shaped chandeliers in the hotel’s grand Crown Room.

Today, the island city of Coronado has two nicknames: the Crown City and the Emerald City.

Wizard of Oz Ave sign above front door.

Wizard of Oz Ave sign above front door.

L. Frank Baum wrote several Wizard of Oz novels at this house. L…

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katelon:

I love this park. i had visited it before this last year, but only briefly when in town on vacation and usually only going to the zoo. But last summer and fall, I explored it much more and find it quite delightful!

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Ancient Egypt inspires much of the vibrant mural.

Ancient Egypt inspires much of the vibrant mural.

Folks heading up Park Boulevard beside Balboa Park often turn their heads as they pass the amazing, enormous mural painted on the side of the WorldBeat Cultural Center.

The WorldBeat Cultural Center, based in a former water tower, is a multi-cultural arts organization that promotes and preserves the African and indigenous cultures of the world through music, art, dance, education and technology. The center is also used as a venue for concerts and other special events.

Last Saturday I walked around the structure and took some pics of the huge, colorful mural. It completely spans the outside wall of the cylindrical building.

Front entrance of the WorldBeat Cultural Center in Balboa Park.

Front entrance of the WorldBeat Cultural Center in Balboa Park.

The WorldBeat Cultural Center is based in an old water tower.

The WorldBeat Cultural Center is based in an old water tower.

A variety of bold faces gaze in every direction from the mural.

A variety of bold faces gaze in every direction from the mural.

Fantastic images catch the eye of people passing on Park Boulevard. Fantastic images catch the eye of people…

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katelon:

I’ve never been to this park in San Diego but it looks very interesting!

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Barrio yes, junkyards no.

Barrio yes, junkyards no.

Here’s one last group of cool pics from Chicano Park. These photographs begin near the center of the park, then we move west under the Coronado Bay Bridge.

The junkyards referred to in the above photo used to be numerous in this area.

Mural makes political statement about immigration.

Mural makes political statement about immigration.

Zapata quote in a high nook.

Zapata quote in a high nook.

Chicano Park mural shows immigrants working in fields.

Chicano Park mural shows immigrants working in fields.

Elaborate Aztec figure painted on concrete pillar.

Elaborate Aztec figure painted on concrete pillar.

Various colorful images on a wall in Barrio Logan.

Various colorful images on a wall in Barrio Logan.

Broom leans up against mural of students in school.

Broom leans up against mural of students in school.

Virgin Mary and shrine at foot of Chicano Park mural.

Virgin Mary and shrine at foot of Chicano Park mural.

Murals under lanes leading to Coronado Bay Bridge.

Murals under lanes leading to Coronado Bay Bridge.

Central dance pavilion in Chicano Park.

Central dance pavilion in Chicano Park.

Ceiling of dance pavilion shows natives from Tenochtitlán.

Ceiling of dance pavilion shows natives from Tenochtitlán.

Female figure on beautiful ceiling of dance pavilion.

Female figure on beautiful ceiling of dance pavilion.

A series of murals on pillars supporting traffic lanes.

A series of murals on pillars supporting traffic lanes.

Bronze statue of the Mexican revolutionary soldier Emilio Zapata.

Bronze statue of the Mexican revolutionary soldier Emilio Zapata.

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Campo, CA

My entire almost 13 month journey has been guided.  Sometimes I was led to areas or homes via friends I wanted to see; sometimes through my barter for housing ads on craigslist and whichever town/person responded that felt correct, that’s where I went; sometimes it was through friends asking friends; and more rarely, it was through getting a hotel room for a night or two or a room in a B and B.  And…I had one couch surfing experience..but we won’t talk about that :) But it has been really clear to me that each person and place I’ve been led to involved healing work…sometimes overtly and sometimes covertly.

One of my clients whom I connected with led me to stay with her friend in Campo, CA, which is a little over an hour southeast of San Diego, almost to the Mexican border. My host is care-taking a small farm and there was available space in an empty (and I mean empty) house that was set to be re-done. So….I’ve been camping out in the this room for almost 6 weeks, sharing meals with the host in his trailer, sometimes taking care of the animals, sometimes going for walks and bringing healing to the land.

This land used to have Native Americans on it, and there is still some reservation land near here.  These natives’ spirits that were on this land were unhappy and felt like they had failed to protect their people better in the past.  The land has been neglected and there was much sadness in the earth. So a psychic friend led me to do healing for the land.

I have been waiting for a project of mine to come to fruition  so that I could return to San Diego and finish up things there, then leave to go settle in CO.  So, it has been interesting that Spirit led me here.  It is quite a small town with only a little commerce and the locals like it that way.  There are some people who move out here for cheaper housing costs and they commute to town for work. Others come here for ranching and farming or just to get away.  There is quite an extensive train museum here.

It has been very isolated though as even my phone doesn’t get reception here, internet has been slow and intermittent, and  I’ve spent much time alone. Due to the isolation, I didn’t really promote my work here or online either as the phone connection is so awful.  But I can see how it gave me time to be away from clients, friends, events, places to go, and kept me tethered while I finished up the inner work and spiritual work I am doing right now on so many levels as I prepare to move on to my deeper work for the future.

I wanted to take the time to post some photos of this little farm and this little town.  I have grown to appreciate it’s charms and I hope you get a glimpse of them with these photos!

Here are pictures of some of the animals.  Three of the 4 little pigs, some of the chickens,  the female pig with her pretty eyes with the long eye lashes, the male pig with very interesting eyes and the female pig poking her snout through a hole in the fence.

Three little pigs Chickens Female pig Male pig 2 Pig snout

When I went for walks I usually walked east on the road, then north, then followed the train tracks, or I’d just walk along the road to the east or west.  I love the rock formations out here and the amazing huge oak trees.

Campo Nov 23 2013 Oak tree on La Posta Railroad tracks Dec. 2013 Sun rays campo Nov 23 2013 Along the railroad tracks Dec. 2013

It has been a treat to almost daily pay attention to the beautiful sunrises, sunsets and a night sky filled with stars.  Other than how intensely the wind often blows, this is a very quiet place.  Come see for yourself!

Sunrise Dec.17 2013 2 Sunrise Dec 17 2013 3 Sunrise Dec 17 2013

Super Natural Formation

Super Natural Formation.

 

Isn’t this amazing?! It would be wonderful just to see these rocks on a normal day but with this particular view it is stunning!

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