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Self Realization Fellowship Gardens, Encinitas #2

This is a continuation of my blog post : https://katelontjeffereys.wordpress.com/2018/08/20/trip-to-encinitas-ca-1-come-along/ from my short trip to Encinitas, CA.

On my first full day there, I walked from my hotel, up on a hill at the SE corner of Vulcan Ave and Encinitas Blvd., to the Self Realization Fellowship Meditation Garden, on the south end of the Village part of Encinitas. I’d been there several times before but always enjoy the beauty, peace and restfulness of the place.

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All photos by Katelon T Jeffereys     Click on any photo to enlarge the view.

Scattered throughout the garden area are benches for resting, contemplation and/or meditation.  The gardens were planted by Yogananda, the author of “The Autobiography of a Yogi”.  He is considered a father of Yoga in the US.  In 1938, he built the first temple, situated over- looking the Pacific ocean, with large windows giving an extensive view of the water.  The temple remained into 1942 when the cliffs were beginning to erode and they had to tear it down and situate the temple elsewhere. This led him to expand and build temples in Los Angeles and San Diego.

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There is an extended water element with large and smaller Koi fish.  (There might be other fish as well…I”m not a fish expert 🙂 

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I love the variety of green plants, palms, trees and flowering plants. 

Hope you have enjoyed your time with me today!  Come check out the garden if you are in Encinitas http://www.encinitastemple.org/  They have a retreat center, services, and a bookstore/gift shop near by.

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Love, katelon

 

 

 

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Car Show At Chicano Park Day Celebration – Part Two.

I could have taken many, many more photos of beautiful and detailed cars, but I narrowed it down.  Here are photos of ten more stunning cars.  You can read part One here: https://katelontjeffereys.wordpress.com/2018/05/05/car-show-at-chicano-park-day-celebration-part-one/  If you want to see more detail, just click on the photo.
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In the top photo you can see those awning gatherings I spoke of in my previous posts.  It was great for me to see the support these car owners had, with food, family, friends gathered round to enjoy the festival and support the car owner.

You can read my first post about the celebration here:  https://katelontjeffereys.wordpress.com/2018/05/04/48th-annual-chicano-park-festival/  In the first post you will find links to previous posts I’ve shared that have photos of all the beautiful murals painted all around Chicano Parks.

Car Show At Chicano Park Day Celebration – Part One

Hello Friends!

In my post yesterday, https://katelontjeffereys.wordpress.com/2018/05/04/48th-annual-chicano-park-festival/ , I talked about all the beautiful low-rider and other refurbished cars shown at the celebration.

I noticed that most of the cars were Chevrolet’s.  I had had a beautiful red and white 1956 Ford Convertible, when I was sixteen, so had hoped to see one there.  I finally asked a Latino Man if there were any Ford cars there that day.  His son mentioned that there were a few but that Mexicans had always like Chevrolet – that had been their car. (his words).  So I didn’t see a 56 Ford but did see many wonderful cars. 

As I mentioned yesterday, next to each car was usually chairs filled with family and friends, enjoying the car and supporting the owner. 

Here are photos of 10 of the cars. You can click on a photo to enlarge it.  Each car was so beautifully detailed, from the tires and rims to the upholstery and more.

 

 

 

 

 

Hope you enjoyed the cars!  Thank you for visiting my blog!  If you like this post, please share a comment, a “like”, and sign up to follow and join in the adventures!
Love, katelon

48th Annual Chicano Park Festival

On April 21, 2018, I attended the annual Chicano Park Festival, in Barrio Logan, San Diego, CA. I had read about it a couple years ago and wanted to attend.  I love the artwork there, so wanted to see the additional activities at the festival. 

I spent quite a bit of time walking around the area looking at all the amazing low rider and old cars. This post will be followed up with two posts of photos of cars that were there.

It was quite the family affair with chairs set out next to each car, awnings and other gathering accoutrements, as family and friends showed up to support the car owner.  As you can see from my photos there were many food, clothing and other kinds of vendors.

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There were various groups preforming all day.  The Aztec Dancers were performing while I was there but I couldn’t get up close enough to see them other than the feathers showing up above the crowd, and a dancer walking ahead of me, heading to get ready for his event. I did enjoy the drumming though 🙂

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I noticed this woman dressed up in a wedding gown but with a painted skull face. I don’t know if she was going to perform later or whether she just came that way to the festival.

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Here are three more photos of beautiful murals in the area.  You can click on any photo to enlarge it to see more detail.

I have three older posts you might enjoy, posts about Chicano park and photos of many of the murals.  All photos were taken by me with my Samsung phone camera.

https://katelontjeffereys.wordpress.com/2016/02/19/chicano-park-barrio-logan-san-diego-ca/

https://katelontjeffereys.wordpress.com/2014/03/02/murals-from-san-diegos-famous-chicano-park/

https://katelontjeffereys.wordpress.com/2016/02/21/more-chicano-park-area-photos/

Hope you enjoyed this post.  Come check out Barrio Logan and Chicano park if you are in the area. They have a monthly art walk, with local galleries and eateries participating.  If you want to go to the yearly festival, you can do a search and find out next years date.  http://chicano-park.com/

Please click “like”  if you like this post,  leave a comment and sign up to follow and receive more! I’ll be posting the next two posts in the next few days.  So heads up for some great looking cars! Thank you so much for taking the time to visit my blog. Hope you enjoyed it!

Love, katelon

Dia de los Muertos at Old Town, San Diego

On November 2nd, I headed over to Old Town San Diego to walk around and take in the celebration of Dia de los Muertos. This celebration takes place on Nov. 1 and 2, and honors the deceased.  Some traditions believe that the veil is thinnest between the worlds during this time.  So this day is called The Day of the Dead.  Altars are placed around Old Town, some in front of stores, some in the plazas, some in restaurants, some inside the old historic buildings and one in the old cemetery. 

Here are some photos I took of various altars. You can click on a photo to enlarge it.

Here is one for Adam West, the TV Batman. All photos by Katelon T. Jeffereys.

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Here is one where visitors were invited to take a blank colored wooden stick and write the name of a deceased loved one and place it in the altar.

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Most altars included skulls, photos of loved ones, flowers, items that represented the deceased, and treats for the deceased.

Also, placed around Old Town were many elegantly attired skeletons.  Here is one lovely “lady”.

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There were several people there that would paint your whole face or half a face with the skull decoration.  Several groups were performing music and dances.  On the evening of the 2nd, there was a procession that visited several of the altars and ended at the cemetery.

Hope you enjoyed the little tour of Old Town.  Here is the website that lists events, history, and various businesses.    http://www.oldtownsandiego.org/

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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.

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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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Sculpture Walk In Balboa Park

Good morning!  Yesterday I took a stroll through Balboa Park. The sky was blue and sunny, with some white puffy clouds and a gentle breeze, perfect weather for a stroll on a Spring day. I started my  walk at the west entrance at Laurel Street and Balboa Street, near 6th Ave.  I came upon Founders Plaza, a small plaza honoring three prominent San Diegans who were instrumental in the creation of Balboa Park.  These bronze statues are of Ephraim Morse, Alonzo Horton, and George White Marston. 

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All photos by Katelon T. Jeffereys

I crossed over the lovely Cabrillo Bridge and I headed to the Plaza de Panama, and decided to take photos of the open air sculpture display that is in front of the San Diego Museum of Art.  It was a little too sunny for this endeavor so some photos are in more shade than I’d like, but you will be able to see them and perhaps be lead to come see them for yourself 🙂

The first one, my favorite due to my AZ childhood and my volunteer work with Central American and Mexican immigrants, is called “Border Crossing” and is by Louis Jimenez.

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The next one feels very evocative to me…”The Watchers” by Lynn Chadwick.

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The next sculpture is called “The Prodigal Son” by Auguste Rodin.

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This next photo has more shade in it than I would have liked as the faces of these figures are so powerful.  “Mother and Daughter Seated” by Francisco Zuniga.

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I loved the curves in this next one…”Solar Bird” by Joan Miro.

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This next one looks very different depending upon where you stand and view it….” Odessy III” by Tony Rosenthal.

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And the last one is “Big Open Skull” by Jadr Zajar.

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I wandered around some more, through the Botanical Building that had several orchid displays; Spanish Village with all the beautiful paintings, sculptures, jewelry and other hand made finds in its studios; and I even happened upon a bride beginning her walk down the path into Zoro Garden and stayed and witnessed her sweet wedding.  

There is always so much to see and do at the park with many museums, gardens, stores, restaurants, the organ pavilion, the Houses of Hospitality of many countries, events, evening at the park, plays, concerts, street musicians, and of course acres of beautiful flowers and vegetation.  Coming up April 28-30 is “Art Alive”, at the San Diego Museum of Art, with 100+ floral interpretations of famous works of art and other beautiful floral displays.  Weekends are especially busy with events. You can find more information at http://www.balboapark.org 

Thanks for joining me on this walk today!  Thanks for taking the time to visit my blog.  Happy Easter to those who celebrate it, Happy Passover for those who celebrate that and happy Spring to all!!

Love, katelon

Fall Stroll Through Old Town, San Diego

A week ago I decided to stroll through Old Town and see what interesting sights I could find.  In several places altars were starting to be created for their Dio De Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) celebration which starts Oct. 29th and goes through Nov. 2nd. http://www.dayofthedeadsd.com/index.html.  Decorated skulls are seen all year in many stores in Old Town. If you are interested in skull jewelry, handbags, back packs, pens, or many other skull items, this is the place to shop 🙂

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But as Dio De Los Muertos decorations start to arrive, you will see more decorated skeletons.  Here is a Mariachi Band dressed for the holiday, welcoming you into an area called Fiesta de Reyes, a group of shops, a restaurant and a stage for various acts throughout the year.

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Here is an elegant “lady” skeleton outside the entrance to Fiesta de Reyes.

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And a couple well dressed “ladies” to welcome you to the Cosmopolitan Hotel and restaurant.

Here is another brightly dressed “lady” in a display in the Fiesta de Reyes courtyard, near this lovely painted wooden bench.

I loved this large wooden horse sculpture outside one of the stores in Fiesta de Reyes.

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Walking outside of Fiesta de Reyes, I spotted this large painted skull, sitting in an old wooden wagon.

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And this lovely fall display set in front of Seeley Stables, a museum that displays old wagons, and other items that are from the era when Old Town was a thriving new town.

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Lastly, on my way back from strolling through other parts of Old Town, I walked through Old Town San Diego State Historic Park and was intrigued by this huge gnarled tree and this sweet yellow blossom on another tree.

I hope you have enjoyed your walk with me and the photos I took.  If you are in the area, come check out Old Town, and see all the history, and/or come and join the celebration of Dio de Los Muertos.

More Chicano Park area photos.

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.

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