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Exploring San Diego Harbor!

Hello Again! 

Last week I decided to take a bus and trolley to the Harbor area of San Diego.  I explored Sea Port Village, the Embarcadero,  Gaslamp Quarter, the Marina and other landmarks along the way. It was quite a gray and somewhat windy day but I was determined to go explore.  Here are some photos!  Click on a photo to get more detail.  Come walk with me!

I took the Green line trolley and got off at Seaport Village station and walked down to Sea Port Village. I passed by the Manchester Grand Hyatt. I remember reading that there is a great view out some floor in the Hyatt, I think, but didn’t check it out.
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I walked toward the water and Seaport Village.  Seaport Village is a shopping/dining complex adjacent to the San Diego Bay, and downtown San Diego.  The address is 849 Harbor Drive.  There are 50+ shops, 17 eateries, and outdoor entertainment.  There is regular live music in some of the cafes, and a free concert series on Sundays. http://www.seaportvillage.com/  I checked out a great bookstore and a magical kite shop. I loved this Carousal and took two photos of it.

I took a photo of this old boat on the water. I don’t know what kind of boat it is or what it is used for but if someone knows, please post a comment.  You can see a Naval Ship behind it as the North Island US Naval Air Station is SW of Sea Port Village, on the Northwest side of Coronado Island.
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After walking around Seaport Village, I headed east to the Embarcadero Marina park area. There are several festivals at the Embarcadero including the yearly Buskr festival. I passed these beautiful trees and a pirate skeleton kite staked to the grass. You’ll have to click on the sky photo to see the kite.  The area you see in the background through the trees is part of Coronado.

Here’s a photo of Seaport Village, looking west to it from the Embarcadero.

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I continued to walk along the Embarcadero . I took a picture of someone on a small motor boat and looking across at the eastern part of Coronado.  Then, I saw a big aircraft carrier heading toward the Coronado bridge. I am assuming it is a Navy ship.  I walked to the end of the West part of the Embarcadero, to watch the ship pass under the Coronado bridge.  In the second picture, you can see the east part of the Embarcadero, and the Coronado Bridge.

I then finished walking around the Western part of the Embarcadero and took a photo of the Convention center, the Marina and you can see the Hilton Hotel to one side.  Then I headed north and turned and took another photo of the Marina and the Marriott Marque hotel towers.

As I headed east, on the Seaport Village boardwalk, I saw this sweet Gazebo surrounded by stores and eateries. 2017-05-19 19.16.52

I headed to Harbor Drive, to walk along the street. I passed this colorful sculpture in front of the Marriott Marina building, then found these great trees planted in front of the Marriott Marque hotel.

I walked along in front of the convention center and looked back at Harbor drive and my attention was caught by the colorful mural that lines part of that street. I don’t know about the tall buildings.

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Lastly, I headed east and then north to the Gaslamp Quarter.  It is an area known for over 200 restaurants, bars, night clubs, lounges, boutiques, art galleries, shops, hotels, entertainment and events.  This area has quite the history.

It was started as William Heath Davis’s New Town, in 1859, when he purchased land to build up San Diego. Before that, the buildings were in Old Town, north of there. Davis believed that the town should be near the water and host a wharf and buildings to support the water traffic.  It didn’t do well and he left and rabbits took over. Then, in 1867 to 1869, Alonzo Horton bought land and started to build more.  He was a little more successful.  He eventually sold land to the city that became a park. The deal was they could pay him a nominal amount each year and if he died, they’d have it to themselves with no payment. He lived a long life though and was paid off. Unfortunately, both Horton and Davis died in poverty, even though they were the ones to “start” the city of San Diego.  The Victorian architecture still exists.  It turned into a red light district for quite awhile. In 1974 revitalization began for the Gaslamp Quarter archway.   It has been revitalized a few times now.  Here is a photo of the archway and another of a what looks to me to be Wiley Coyote sculpture I saw at the entrance to a 5th Ave. Art Gallery.

Hope you have enjoyed the walk today. Come check it out for yourself!
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Public Art Work Along Mission Blvd.

Last week I decided to vary my usual boardwalk/beach walk with a stroll down Mission Blvd., San Diego, CA. I walked between W. Mission Bay Drive and Pacific Drive, taking photos of public art work on electric boxes, walls and the side of some buildings.  Here is my collection!  Come Walk With Me! For more detail, click on each picture to see it in full.

One electric box was covered with skateboarders:

I found two lovely ocean scenes:

Beach scenes were pictured on 3 different places:

I was delighted by these 4 scenes of Sea creatures and a beach bird:

And lastly, this lovely electric box adorned with Mermaids:

I hope you have enjoyed this art walk along Mission Blvd. If you are in the area, check it out!

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Love, katelon

Old Town Model Railroad Depot

Last week I went to check out the new store and Model Railroad display at Old Town Model Railroad Depot.  I had read about it on another blog and wanted to see it for myself.  There is something about miniature buildings, towns, landscapes and people, that I love. One of my favorite displays was at Knots Berry Farm, and it was all miniature stores with names that reflected the nature of the store. For example: C. H. Ildrens Store was filled with toys.  It’s like my love of the Lilliputins in the book “Gullivers Travels”.  Also, my Dad was a Standard Oil distributor and his bulk plant was right next to the tracks, as merchandise was unloaded right off the trains into his warehouse. I used to love to be in there when the trains were going by.

I have been to the model train displays at the Train Museum in Balboa park, and they are great with various viewing stations and steps for kids to use, but to my taste, this little store’s display is much more magical and extensive.

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It is located in Old Town, San Diego, CA. on San Diego Ave., a little south of Conde Street, and Cafe Coyote, and a little north of the Old Town Cemetery. Here is a photo of their map. (They are working on their website but you can find them on FB).

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I’m just using my Samsung phone camera but hopefully you can see the map ok.  You can click on the photos to enlarge them and get more detail. I did that just to see all the wonderful buildings, cars, and figures in the photos below.

The entire collection belongs to Gary Hickok.  It took seven men to construct everything and a electrician to set up all the wiring.  Computers and high tech electronics are responsible for the magical displays such as a welder making a spark when he bends in to weld, fireworks over the ball field, an electrical storm coming from the clouds above the night display, the marques on the stores, street lights, etc.  There are both steam trains and diesel engine O-scale model trains. I loved all the people seated in the passenger trains. I tried to get a picture of that but they were moving too fast for my camera 🙂

The display is an re-enactment of 1950’s America and includes 2500 sq. ft. of buildings, scenes and activities; 10,000 ft. of wire; 25,000 people; over 400 vehicles; 165 buildings; 637 ft. of track; more than 1000 trees; 2 lakes and a dam.   There are notable celebrities such as Marilyn Monroe, Elvis, Superman, the Griswolds on vacation (although they came after the 50’s), and even Shotgun Tom Kelly, a noted San Diego Disc Jockey.

The store has model trains and supplies for sale, art work, T-shirts and other memorabilia.

There is a day section and a night section.  Here are 4 photos of the day section.

Below are 10 photos of the night display.  If you look closely you’ll see the welder’s spark, the fire department carrying out a rescue, a solemn group looking on as a casket is being put into the hearse, a drive in theater, a walk in movie theater, the donut shop with police cars in front, an oil bulk plant, and many more scenes of 1950’s city life.

Hope you’ve enjoyed this post. Come check it out. They are open 11:00 am to 6:00 pm, Wed. through Mon., closed on Tues.  Their FB page is listed under Old Town Model Railroad Depot.  Be sure and click on the photo to enlarge it.

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Katelon

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