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Imperial Beach Adventure!

I apologize for not posting in many months. My focus has been elsewhere and I just haven’t had any adventures in months. I’ve gone to Balboa Park, gone to the beach, walked through neighborhoods, but just didn’t see anything I hadn’t posted about already.

So after hearing about Imperial Beach on Monday, I decided to have an adventure yesterday. I drove down I-5 and then took the Palm Drive turn off, exit 5a and made my way to the pier and then down Seacoast Drive to find a place to park.

After parking, I walked a short while on the street side of a long row of condo’s and townhomes, until I found a path to the beach. Then I walked on the beach toward the pier. It’s been hotter in San Diego lately, so I enjoyed the cool breeze. The beach was so different than Pacific and Mission beach, which I’m used to walking, as although this beach was lined with places for people to stay, there was hardly anyone on the beach!

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This time of year, Mission and Pacific Beach, in San Diego, is filled with surfers, sunbathers, kids, adults, umbrellas, shade structures and tents. Plus, those beaches have a boardwalk and many restaurants lining the beach as well. Imperial Beach has the homes, a few hotels, etc. but there is no boardwalk next to the beach, nor any restaurants right on the beach. There a few restaurants on Seacoast Drive.

Here is the park that is next to the pier. There is an icecream shop, restrooms and a souvenir shop at this park.

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There are several benches scattered around the park and they all are made of surfboards.

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There were also a few painted electric boxes, and here is one that captured my attention.

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And here is the pier. I didn’t walk out on the pier so can’t tell you what is on it.

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After walking to the pier, I walked along Seacoast Drive, looking for a place to get a quick lunch. I finally found an open Taco shop and had 2 great fish tacos. (Sorry no picture…I just don’t stop to think of food pictures ). I met a great friendly couple who had grown up in Imperial Beach. I asked them what they loved about it. The woman, Linda, mentioned the Tijuana Slough National Wildlife Refuge south of town, right next to the beach, the Tijuana River National Estuarrine Research Reserve, same area, and the Border Field State Park, which is just south of the Reserve and Refuge. She mentioned that along the friendship fence in the Border Field Park, families will gather on both sides so they can hug each other. Oh….how I long for a world without borders keeping families apart, and nations at war.

North of town is the San Diego Bay National Wildlife Refuge. All of these areas have walking/hiking/biking trails through them.

Linda said she enjoyed that Imperial Beach is a small town, with friendly people, quiet at night, plenty of stores, etc. in the city area, yet all this natural beauty to enjoy. There are other parks along the beach and inland, too.

After lunch, I went back and laid on the beach for awhile and read. Note to self….buy some new sunscreen🙂 I am fried today! I did get visited by this probably hoping for a snack sea gull, who sat about 6 feet from me for quite awhile.

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After going to the little icecream shop to get a Mexican coffee mocha icecream cone, I took Linda’s advice and did walk down the beach about 40 min. to where the Tijuana River flows into the ocean. The beach was mostly empty but occasionally I’d run across someone, and every few minutes there were Navy helicopters flying overhead. I can spot three of them in this picture.

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Here are two pictures of the Tijuana River and it flowing into the ocean. If you click on the pictures and enlarge them, you can see Tijuana’s buildings and bull ring on the hillside.

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On the other side of the river is the Reserve and beyond that, the Border Field State Park. I don’t know if there is a way to cross the river there as the ocean there is deeper with the river running into it. There are roads on the east side of the Park and Reserve and I think that is where people access the trails.

After walking back to my car, I decided to take another suggestion Linda made and I took Hwy. 75, the Strand, north, past the San Diego Bay National Wildlife Refuge, past Silver Strand State Beach to Coronado and then took the Coronado bridge back to San Diego.

What a fun adventure. I met two other friendly people when I walked down to the river, met that great couple at lunch, got lots of sunshine and hours of walking in, got to explore a new place and had a great road trip. I’m looking forward to going back again to explore the others great nature places in this city.

So if you’re local or visiting this way, come check it out!

Hello All! It’s been a while and I apologize for that. But I’m back with some photos from my Sunday stroll through lovely Balboa Park.

I started my exploration in Spanish Village. I love the brightly colored tiles, the unevenness of the patio and little studios and of course the lovely art to be found in each one of them. My favorite to look at these days is jewelry. Being on the road I’m more interested in wearable art. There are a variety of jewelry styles offered in the studios and in booths set up in the plaza, so come check them out.

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Next I stopped by the Floral Show with the Plumeria Society, in Casa del Prado. Each weekend a different floral show takes place in a room there. I had thought there would be flowers but instead, the room was filled with various sized cuttings of Plumeria varieties, for people to purchase and plant at home.

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I love walking through the Botanical garden. In addition to their regular displays, they set up a different center display depending upon the season. This time it was a display of Easter Lily.

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In the entrance way there were various orchids. I took photos of two that intrigued me.

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Then the pattern on the underneath of this palm leaf caught my eye. Isn’t it stunning?

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I have a fascination with the Greek Goddess Artemis, so I stopped in at the Timken Museum of Art to check out their latest exhibit. It is called “An Archaeologist’s Eye”. The display is a combination of graphic and pastel pencil drawings by Katherine A. Schwab, an archaeologist and artist, photos of the sculptures they are based on, and information about the Greek Parthenon. “The Parthenon is a former temple on the Athenian Acropolis, Greece, dedicated to the goddess Athena, whom the people of Athens considered their patron.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parthenon. Since there has been much decay to these sculptures, Katherine did these drawings to attempt to fill in more detail lost to the ages. You can visit the museum and explore this interesting display. The Timken has no entrance fee.
http://www.timkenmuseum.org/exhibitions/archaeologists-eye

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On my way back to my car I passed through the International Cottage area. I had missed the House of India presentation but saw these three lovely ladies dressed for the event.

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Finally, almost to my car, I passed by this huge Eucalyptus tree and was stopped in my tracks to touch it and admire its age and size. I love engaging with nature so I am often petting the trees, flowers, and plants I pass, taking in their smells, textures and beauty.

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It was another lovely day at Balboa Park. Thanks for joining me. Come see for yourself all that Balboa Park has to offer!

All the photos I shared on my other Chicano Park post were taken on the Northeast side of National Ave. https://katelontjeffereys.wordpress.com/2016/02/19/chicano-park-barrio-logan-san-diego-ca/

These photos were taken on the Southwest side of National Ave.

These first 3 are of a beautiful mural on the side of a building on the corner of National and Dewey.

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I’m not sure if the murals on this side of National are considered part of the “official” Chicano Park murals or not, but I found them to be very striking and powerful so wanted to include them.

This one states “As I walk through the Valley of the Shadow of death, I fear no evil. Porque soy Chicano! (Because I am Chicano).

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Here are two murals featuring faces.

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There is a lovely sculpture featured in this fountain.

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At the west end of this area, at the corner of Newton and Dewey, there is a skate lane. One of the guys skating started talking to me and I told him about riding the first skateboards that came out, just a board on top of metal roller skate wheels.  I got that board while on vacation in San Diego as a kid. He offered to let me try his board but I felt too shy so didn’t take him up on it. You can see him in the distance in the skate lane photo. I watched the skaters for awhile and enjoyed seeing them ride up ramps and walls and put it all together in such a fluid and fearless motion.  Perhaps I’ll get another board at some point and learn again how to ride it.

Here’s a photo of the skate lane and also two murals representing skaters.

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Here are a couple wrap around murals.

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The Aztec theme is prevalent in the park murals.

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And finally…..even the utility box was colorful!  Here are two sides of it.

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The upcoming 46th annual Chicano Park Celebration will take place on April 23, 2016.  Hope you have enjoyed this walk with me. Come check out Chicano park for yourself…bring a picnic, a skate board, or energy for swinging on the swings and playing on the play equipment….or just walk around and admire all the beautiful art.

Hello All!  A few weeks ago, I finally made it to Chicano Park. I had read about it in another wordpress blog, Cool San Diego Sights. The art work fascinated me.  I love art so wanted to see the outdoor murals but also since I grew up in Southern AZ, I’ve always been close to the Latino community.  I worked with Central American Refuges starting in 1986 and ending in near the end of 1997, so am sensitive to the plight of immigrants, and had been since childhood.
I hope that all who visit the area can check out this beautiful art work and feel all the dedication behind it.  The park has quite the history.  It arose out of the invasion of industry that took over Barrio Logan and ended with the San Diego Coronado bridge being built in the middle of the Barrio, leaving gigantic concrete support pylons and on ramps in its wake.  This is a great website that talks about the history, has photos of the various murals, more information and other links to go to as well.  http://www.chicanoparksandiego.com/history/index.htm
The park is now 7.9 acres and includes a skate park, playgrounds, picnic tables, various community buildings and the largest outdoor mural collection in the country.  On April 22nd every year, Chicano Park day is celebrated to commemorate the day the militant, but non-violent, people’s land take over that led to the city and state finally agreeing to let the community make something beautiful where this concrete monster had taken over their Barrio.
I took many photos so this subject will take two posts!
The first photo states “All the Way to the Bay”.   The Barrio used to extend all the way to the bay but then the bay was taken over by the Navy and defense industries.

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This mural states ” Let me say at the risk of seeming ridiculous that the true revolutionary is guided by great feelings of love” Che Guveara.

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The next two photos are part of the same structure.
This mural is titled “The Undocumented Worker”.  At the base it states : “A contemporary story through symbolism. Read the painting from the bottom to the top.  I. The immigration helicopters looking for the undocumented worker who is already a part of the landscape.  People are caught and put in boxes on display. II. The road and the fence. Two realities of movement: To be caught and eaten by the border guards (monsters) or to fall from the sun’s heat like Icarus. III. After crossing the border we possess two hearts. One on fire for the homeland. The other of water for the river. We are bodies without faces. Monsters and disaster follow us through the mountains. Our struggle turns to flames.  IV.  Change is not a dream. We can leap over history and monsters. Not even the stars are out of reach. V.  Barrios, walls and fences must be moved. Must be broken down. Between countries. Between people. Between neighborhoods.”

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Throughout the park there are images that reflect all the cultures that make up the Chicano culture.

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This next mural states ” The V in Barrio symbolizes victory over environmental conditions. ! Varrio Si Yonkes No! (yonkes is the word for junkyards, as junkyards took over the Barrio along with other industrialization) Represents the intent of our community to take back our environment from industry.  With the uplifting of the Barrio, the people as well must be uplifted, or the Renaissance is not complete.  Los Vatos Al Varrio.
This mural states it was painted in 1977 and gives the list of artists.

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This is another mural that shows the struggle of the immigrant worker and the fight for justice.  In the background you can see the Strength Thru Unity mural.

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This next mural states: “Ya Basta!  The schools are not teaching us.  Over 50% of us Chicanos are pushed out of school.  If we want to make it, we have to surrender our language.  They want to make us coconuts – brown on the outside and white on the inside.”

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Here’s  a very colorful one….Parque Chicano.

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The next one is a San Diego Community Project. It was created on 4-23-93 the day that Cesar Chavez died.  On the cross beams it states “Para Raza” and “Humana/Paz” and “Justica” and lastly ” We are not a minority”.  The mural also honors Chicano Park artist Roger Lucero 1953-1992. I took photos of two of the other sides and the cross beams.  One states “Stop the Violence”.

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This next mural was done by Lowell muralists on April 22, 1983.

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I’m not sure what group this next mural is depicting.  The link above leads to a full description of each mural and its artists.

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And lastly,  I’ll share the “Hasta La Bahia” mural.

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Here is a statue of General Emiliano Zapata, 8/8/1879 – 4/10/1919, who was instrumental in the Mexican Revolution.

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Hope you’ve enjoyed this journey with me. While there I was walking around just wowed by the artists and the beauty they created within a mass of concrete.  I hope you get a chance to come check it out yourself. There are many more murals. I’ll be back with more photos!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weeks ago,  I went to the Mingei Museum, at Balboa Park, in San Diego, CA. They had this wonderful display entitled ” Made in America: Craft Icons of the 50 States.”.  It was a wonderful display and I have some photos to share with you.  Please come check it out if you are in the area.  February is 1/2 off museum month and you can pick up a pass at any Macy’s store during the month of Feb..

I also went to the Museum of Art and loved their “The Art of Music” exhibit.

Here are some photos I took:

The first one is a “Signature Quilt”.

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Here is a close up view. I thought perhaps each person had signed the quilt piece and then the signature was embroidered, but then realized that the penmanship was the same for all the signatures.

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The next quilt is another signature quilt.

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The third quilt is another signature quilt made by Elizabeth Dorks Nettle in 1891.

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Next is a photo of an Oglala Lakota Beaded Vest made in 1928 at Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota.  And a beaded cradle board made by Todd Yellow Cloud in 1993, at Pine Ridge.

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This lovely Navajo Yei’s Vessel was made by Mary Holiday Black, in 2007, in Monument Valley.

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This is a Navajo rug made in 1910-1920, “Corn with Birds.” The Dough bowl is a late 20th century beauty made at the Santa Domingo Pueblo in New Mexico. 

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This is just a small sampling of this extensive exhibit, plus, there are several other exhibits at the museum, so come check it out. http://www.mingei.org/

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tecoloate Canyon Natural Park

The last couple weeks I’ve gone over to Tecolote Canyon to hike.  There are several places to enter this park and I came in via Tecolote Rd.  There is a parking area and a Nature Center there.  Inside there are some live snakes, many displays about snakes, vegetation, trees, rocks, the geological make up and history of the canyon and much more.  There is a classroom there that offers classes as well as various events that happen there such as birding walks and other activities,  and workshops, even yoga classes.   It is located at 5180 Tecolote Rd., San Diego, CA, 92110. You can contact the center by calling 858-581-9959. Here is the link to the trails :  http://www.sandiego.gov/park-and-recreation/pdf/tecolotetrailmap.pdf

 

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It is a narrow coastal canyon, named for the many varieties of Owls that live there. It was dedicated on April 1, 1978.  Historically, the Kumeyaay Indians lived there.  There are 6.5 miles of trails for jogging, walking, and mountain biking. There is a garden behind the Nature Center, too. There are entrances off of Claremont Mesa Blvd., Genesse Ave. Mt. Etna Dr., Boyd Ave., and Tecolote Rd.

There are 2 main trails, one is mostly flat for quite awhile and is a dirt and gravel road that turns into mostly dirt and sometimes sand.  This trail ends up running along next to the Golf course before it heads up and down hills. The other trail is quickly off to the right and called the Battle trail. I preferred this one as it is up and down and windy and more through trees and taller vegetation, closer to the side of the canyon.    There are a couple trails that connect the two and a couple access points. The Battle trail joins the main trail as you head more east and north.  Along the way there are other trails that lead up to the top of the canyon walls.  At times you see houses on the hills and other times, especially on the Battle Trail, it feels like you are more out in nature.

Here are some photos of the main trail:

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This is the California Bush Sunflower

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Lovely old tree

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On the trail side of the fence you’ll see California Sage Brush

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This is a tall old Eucalyptus tree

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The Immaculta Parish at the University of San Diego is up on the hill.

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The Golf Course along side the trail.

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Trail that goes up to the Linda Vista area.

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On one hike I walked on the main path then turned around and walked back to catch the Battle Trail at its Northeast entrance.  

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I took this amazing photo where this green light stream showed up in the photo. It didn’t show up in any other photos so I don’t think it has to do with my phone camera, or some reflection, as it goes the entire length of the canyon wall.  Here are two photos, one the main photo and a close up, both without any manipulation or touch up from me. So if you have any ideas what it is let me know in the comment below….energy vortex?  energy stream?  ?????

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I forget the name of these rock balancing sculptures.

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Freeway Iceberg

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 Not sure what these plants are so if you know, let me know.

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Another trail view.

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This is the trail head for the Battle Trail that starts just after you pass the beginning part of the gravel/dirt road main trail that goes next to the enclosed garden behind the nature center.

So if you are in the area, come check it out. You can walk for 40 min, or hours, your choice!

Enjoy!

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!

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