Tours, travels, hikes and journeys!

A couple weeks ago I finally checked out the Sculpture garden at Balboa Park, San Diego, CA.

There are five pieces there.

The first is called AIM, and was done by Alexander Liberman

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The next piece is called CUBI XV by David Smith.

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The next piece is called TWO LINES OBLIQUE by George Rickey. This one has two arms that move.

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The next one is called FIGURE FOR LANDSCAPE by Barbara Hepworth.

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And lastly is RECLINING FIGURE: ARCH LEG by Henry Moore.

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This is a small garden and small gathering of sculptures but well worth your time if you’re in Balboa Park.

Come see the beauty!

Christmas Day Walk About

Hello All….finishing off photos taken before I ended up in bed, sick, on the 28th.

I’m alone,  so I try to be creative on Christmas.  It started out as a cold, windy day.  I took myself to breakfast then walked out to the Pier at Pacific Beach. I loved the feeling of the cold wind and blustery day. People were friendlier than usual, wishing each other Merry Christmas. I’m like a Golden retriever out around people, so I’m always saying hello to everyone who  seems open to a smile.

Here is a photo taken looking north off the pier. The high rise is called Capri by the Sea, and are condos rented out by the owners.

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Looking out at this water, it still amazes me to think back to my 8 year old self, on a canvas raft, out beyond the waves alone, hanging out for hours each day while on vacation with my parents.  Somehow, their normal hovering over me that I received in my home town was discarded on vacations and my days consisted of being in the ocean for hours, alone, then coming in and walking back to the place on the beach where we were staying, then coming out to the seawall at night to listen to the waves. The freedom was exhilarating.  Every summer vacation here was the same.  Freedom!!!!

The next one is looking south, taken from the pier.

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Then I headed out, attempting to find a hiking trail I had investigated online the night before, called Los Penesquitos.  I had figured out tentatively that the trail head I was looking for was off of Sorrento Valley Blvd. east of I-805. I looked on an online map and it seemed to be just north of Mira Mesa Blvd. I still don’t know many of the areas here, so I ended up driving north on 805, not seeing the proper exit, taking one anyway and intuitively then turning east and weaving around looking for the correct road. I ended up back on 805 going south, took another exit and turned east, near Mira Mesa, trying this road and that, and finally, finally, found Sorrento Valley Blvd.   For a short distance there were no houses and my breath deepened, making me realize how much I miss being more out in the country and not in a city.

I felt excited to try this new to me trail as it seemed like I  would be able to hike as much or as little as I wanted to, it was mostly flat but there was a waterfall, some ruins, big boulders, and it looked interesting.  Then, I finally saw the entrance I had been looking for……and it had a bar across it so I couldn’t enter the parking lot to catch the trail head. I drove further east, hoping to find another way in and couldn’t, so ended up just turning around and heading back to San Diego.

I decided to just go to Balboa Park, good ole Balboa Park, and see if I could find some trails there that I hadn’t taken before.  I parked south of the Science museum and walked west to the area south of the Mingei and heading toward the hospitality cottages. I saw a trail from above.

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So I headed a little north again, curved to the left and found these stairs to walk down.

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Just after heading down the stairs and turning west to find the trails, I noticed this close up view of the powerful and extensive root system of a Eucalyptus tree.

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I found a couple parallel trails so I took the north one until it dead ended, then circled back and caught the south one. I followed that one until the end and ended up coming out at the Automotive Museum on the west side of the main park.  I turned around and headed back onto the trail again and found a nice view spot to see the Cabrillo Bridge.  I had posted pictures on my blog before taken from on the bridge, so it was nice to see it from this view.

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Even though I didn’t find the trail I was looking for, I still enjoyed the drive, exploring and having an adventure. Even though I’d occasionally see people on the Balboa Park trail, it felt more like I was out in nature and not in a managed park.

Hope you’ve enjoyed my Christmas adventure.

May the New Year be a very healthy and happy one, beyond even what we can imagine for ourselves and the world.

 

 

I ended up sick in bed, out for the count, the Monday after Christmas, so this post kept getting delayed. There were visitors in the house over Christmas so I had much to do to get the place ready and things felt too hectic to attempt to write this before Christmas….then there was the post clean up and then….- – – \________ Hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season.

I headed over to Old Town, in the rain, on the 22nd of Dec., to buy just a couple small things for Christmas presents and to be out in the air. While living in Seattle, I got quite tired of the gray and mist, not enjoying the rain like I did while living earlier in No. CA. But here in San Diego, rain is a glorious thing, and I love the feel of the wind and cold. I miss snow, that I loved while living in CO years ago, so this windy rain here will have to do for now until my journey weaves me on to CO.

It felt quite sweet to be out walking before Christmas, enjoying the lovely decorations and the other visitors and shoppers out around me. There are many outside booths in Old Town and most of these were shrouded in heavy vinyl tents, closed up for the day.

I wandered in and out of some stores and found a couple unique small gifts, and enjoyed the conversations I often have with shop-keepers :)

When I was walking back toward my car, I took some photos of the gray sky and decorated buildings. Hope you enjoy these. Come along, you can share the walk with me……

First, heading west, we come to the San Diego Union Printing Office and then Casa de Pedrorena de Altamirano.

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The printing office was a pre-fab building shipped from Maine, around Cape Horn, to arrive in San Diego in 1851. I’ve read a historical novel about traveling via ship around Cape Horn. It was quite dangerous weather wise and in many other ways. But this building arrived safely to be built and house the first office of the San Diego Union weekly paper. The first edition was printed on Oct. 10, 1868. It was 4 pages long.

You can still see the original print room with a Washington press, as well as the editor’s office. Entrance is free.

The Altamirano-Pedrorena House was built on a lot purchased by Miquel de Pedronena, from Madrid. He arrived here as a ship’s agent and later married one of the Estudillo daughters in 1842. He claimed this lot which is next to Casa de Estudillo. Sadly, he didn’t live to build a home on the lot as he died in 1850. The home was built in 1869, by his son, Miguel Jr..

In 1871, the home was transferred to Isabel Altamirano, who was Miguel Jr.’s sister, married to Jose Antonio Altamirano. The house remained a family residence until 1907. It is now a rock, gem and jewelry store.

Walking on, we come to the central plaza in Old Town State Historic Park. This park is where San Diego began. It is now a reconstructed setting of life in San Diego in 1821-1872. It became a historic park in 1968. This day it had a lovely display of a taller Christmas tree surrounded by other smaller trees. Pretty huh?

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As we continue walking west we see the Robinson-Rose House, which is now the Visitor’s Center. It is free to explore, too.

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This building was built by James Robinson, who came from Texas in 1850. He established a successful law practice and built this in 1853 not only to house family but also to house office space for the San Diego Herald, the San Diego and Gila Railroad and other private offices. He died in 1857. (ok….that’s 2 of the main inhabitants moving to San Diego and dying in less than 10 years. It must have been a challenging place to live then.). Anyway, Jame’s wife Sarah, sold the building to Louis Rose for a family home. The roof was destroyed in the 1874 fire and fell to ruins. It is now reconstructed and has various displays in it and admission is free.

As we turn right (north), we can see the Barra Barra Saloon. I loved the fire burning in the patio and the pretty decorations.

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As you look ahead, you can see the entrance to Bazaar Del Mundo. As you first walk through this entrance there is a woman selling very yummy roasted and sweetened nuts. Inside the bazaar there are a restaurant, coffee house, stores, and a stage where various groups usually play, when it isn’t raining. I had started my trip here and found some great seasoning in the Temucula Olive Oil company that has a large variety of flavored olive oils, pastas, olives, bath and body products and other items. I found a couple little gifts, too, at the sweet garden shop that is at the north end.

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Hope you enjoyed the walk with me on that gray rainy day. I held you in my heart as I strolled along, in and out of stores, breeze flowing across my face as I stepped outside.

Wishing you a NEW Year, a truly remarkable shift of a year, with the planet transforming into peace, love, abundance, health, joy, cooperation and support for all!

much love, katelon

Ok…last Balboa Park December Nights post :)

These are photos of the Nativity Scenes, set up at the Organ Pavilion at the park, maintained by the Community Christmas Committee.

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The December Nights celebration is so mindful of honoring all cultures and religions so I’m glad to see they don’t shy away from having these Nativity Scenes.

Hope you’ve enjoyed my December Nights series!

Happy Holidays everyone, however and whatever you celebrate!

May this holiday season truly usher in a new wave of Peace, Love, Abundance, Cooperation and Joy throughout the world. May we truly know that we are ONE!

Ok….December Nights post 4!

The Botanical Building had its 29th annual Poinsettia Display. It was beautiful. Here’s some photos I took. Hope you enjoy them!

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The San Diego Floral Association had a display, in the Casa del Prado room 101, of 30 decorated trees and 10 artistic floral arrangements. These displays were to celebrate eras or events since the 1915 Panama California Exposition. The Floral association often has various plant and flower displays on the weekends, in room 101. So check it out!

Here are photos of the various trees, who decorated them and the theme if I knew it. ( sorry some photos aren’t crisp):

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San Diego Bonsai Club, two decorated Bonsai trees.

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I forgot to write down the name of the school who decorated this tree. The theme was pictures of students and ornaments that stated the countries of their heritage.

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San Diego Bromeliad Society. This tree was decorated with various Bromeliad plants.

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Chula Vista Garden Club, Elvis and Rock music.

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Grant School.

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Ramon Garden Club, farm, turkeys, garden…very old fashioned looking.

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I think this was from the International House/UN house, centered around peace and unity.

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Mission Hills Garden Club. There were Barbie dolls dressed like mermaids, butterflies and other whimsical decorations.

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San Diego Botanic Garden.

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Point Loma Garden Club had a Kate Sessions theme. Kate was a main force behind the expansion of the vegetation in the park.

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Village Garden Club of La Jolla had a Dr. Seuss theme. He lived in La JaJolla and many of his scenes and plants/trees in his books represent the area and other places in San Diego county.

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Bonita Valley Garden Club, the Swing era.

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Friends of Balboa Park San Diego Zoo, had an animal theme.

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These Disney themed trees were at the beginning of the displays.

I didn’t take pictures of all the trees. It was a sweet holiday treat to see all these decorated trees.

Hope you got a chance to see these lovely trees. If not, come check out the display next year :)

Ok…part two Balboa Park December Nights.

The park was filled with performances from noon until the closing time close to 12:00. I was only there until 5:30.

I spent quite a bit of time just walking from the north to the south, east to west and back again and again and ……. I was quite restless being around so many people, but I sure got in my exercise for the day. Whew!!!

There were several stages set up to host the various groups. I seemed to end up at the Botanical Garden stage more than the others.

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This is the Classic Divas getting set up.

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Later on the Aspire Tap group started with a droopy toy theme that picked up as the dance went on.

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And lastly the Victorian Christmas Carolers, who had very sweet voices and pretty outfits.

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The Bon Temps Social Club and Gator by the Bay, had a stage on the California Plaza, the main plaza area, with music and dancing all afternoon and evening.

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The Casa del Prado Patio had dancing going on most of the time, with various performances from the Park and Recreation Dept. classes. It was so packed that I gave up attempting to watch anything there.

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The Palisades stage had performances and it was set up on the east side of the Sports museum.

I watched two performances at the Organ Pavilion:

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I caught the end of the Expressions Dance and movement group (no photo), and it was fun to see the young girls dressed up in their dance outfits post performance. There were lots of proud parents.

My favorite group of the day was Colegio Ingles, (in above photo) a large group from Mexico. There was a youth choir and then younger children dressed up in various colorful costumes, for each song, performing simple dance movements.

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You could dress up and have your photo taken.

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You could ride carnival rides.

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You could have your face painted for free by this lovely young lady, which is the first thing I did at the start of the events. http://www.KrysKreations.com

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In addition to many food booths run by local organizations, there were fair vendors everywhere you walked.

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There were food trucks with varied cuisine. There were also the normal Balboa Park restaurants and cafes open, along with food booths set up next to and within the International Cottages area, so you could find food from almost any country.

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There was even the International Spirits area that opened at 3:00 pm, offering Spirits to those who imbibe.

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The SWEA offered various crafts, candy, food and chocolate for sale in the California Quadrangle. I looked for Swedish Meatballs but couldn’t find them.

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I even passed a bride and groom having their wedding photos taken, with all the wedding party looking on. I don’t know if they had the wedding there or just came for the photo op.

There was so much more going on…..a young man I’d seen at the beach, who played awesome blues guitar, using only his feet, as he had no arms; people offering sketches, balloon animals, playing various instruments for change; a magician doing magic shows; all the artists at Spanish Village selling their wares; and of course many Santa stations all over the park for those who wanted their photo taken with Santa.

Fun for all ages!

On Dec. 5, and Dec. 6, Balboa park held their 38th annual December Nights celebration. It started at 3 on Friday and noon on Sat. I first read about it while visiting San Diego in 2003. I couldn’t figure out how to get there at the time so didn’t go. Since I was in town last year, I attempted to go but again couldn’t figure out parking and ended up driving home. This year, I researched it so that I could find parking.

I was up early at 4:30 that morning, so kind of sleepy all day but I’m glad I went. I arrived early at 10:30, to park in the free Zoo parking, which put me only a short walk to the main festivities. As I arrived so early, I just walked around to watch the set up, and since I wanted to see the lights, I stayed until after dark to see the park lit up. I walked around for about 5 hours, sat or stood and watched some of the performances, ate some junk (hot dog wrapped in bacon with Mexican style sauteed veggies with it, kettle corn) and some healthy fruit snacks I took, too. I’m glad I went and glad I had the stamina to keep going all day.

I saw so much that I decided to divide my posts into 5 posts. If you are ever in San Diego for this event, check it out!

I’m starting with the lights!

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I started walking west toward the plaza at sunset. On both sides of the avenue, the buildings had trees out of lights on top.

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Here is the sun setting lighting the California Tower and casting a beautiful glow on the Plaza.

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The main plaza had these lights strung across it and this lit up tower.

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I loved this snowflake cast on the California Tower, and the lit up street welcoming the thousands of visitors. People were pouring into the park for the night activities.

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Here are some lovely snowflakes shining on the Botanical building.

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The organ pavilion looked magical lit up in lights.

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These were light displays set up on the east side of the zoo. I walked past them on my way back to my car.

Hope you’ve enjoyed these photos! Thanks for joining me.

Hello all… Richard of http://www.coolsandiegosights.wordpress.com inspired me to check something out at Balboa Park.

Spanish Village is a group of studios, in the Northeast part of Balboa Park, where artists of all mediums make and sell art.  Right now they have a mixed media display to celebrate the Centennial being celebrated at Balboa Park.  Each piece represents a different art style of the last 100 years.  I took photos of the various pieces.

I started my visit there by noticing this lovely tree with such pretty variegated leaves:

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The first  piece represents the style called “steampunk”:

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Next was “Cubism”.  I love the frog near the bottom of the piece:

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This  represents the 1930’s Work Progress Administration that provided work for artists during the depression:

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The next one I took photos of the front and back. It is “psychedelic”.  It has a double kaleidoscope on it.

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The next one represents “Abstract Expressionism” :
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The next one is ” Photo realism” :

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The next one is “minimalism” :

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And the last one is “Graffiti”:

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Hope you enjoyed this.  There was a fair amount of shade that day so the photos aren’t the clearest, but hopefully you got an idea of the beauty and creativity of the artists. I invite you to go check out the display and all the beautiful offerings in the Village.

I follow a wonderful blog  http://www.coolsandiegosights.wordpress.com/  and a year ago or so, Richard posted pictures of some pretty fountains he had found near the Balboa Park Administration building. It is on the east side of Park Ave., across the street from the main Balboa park buildings and museums.  I finally went there the other day to explore and here are pictures of my journey.

Here is a picture of the administration building. Somehow, both my photos chopped off some of the top :)

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Then I walked around the back and found several walkways with these lovely Moorish rounded structures:

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I loved this fountain and took a picture of the fountain and also the inside of the fountain:

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There were tiled benches all along the many walkways:

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Richard had talked of a kind of hidden pool he had found so I explored and found it, too.  It was a pool used for the Navy men when they had stayed at the Navy hospital that is now the administration building (I think?):

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Here is a closer look at the sweet statue in the middle.  The pool had lovely tiled benches surrounding the pool, too.:

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I walked down this lovely tree lined street that led to the Recreation center:

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The building next to the administration building is the Veteran’s Museum and Memorial Center. Outside of it and to the west, is another lovely fountain.  It honors Brigadier General Robert L. CardenasHere is a statue of him, the fountain with a statue of a  WWII B-24 Liberator plane and the inside of the fountain:

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I hope you have enjoyed this little tour. Go check it out yourself. You can park in the parking lot, walk around and you can also catch the free tram that will take you over to the main part of Balboa Park.  Enjoy!

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