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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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Blooming Thriving Beauty!

It’s been quite awhile since I last wrote, so thanks for hanging in there with me. I’ve been putting all my focus into my spiritual work to help bring about a planetary shift into the light. I always take time for walks everyday though, so wanted to share some beauty with you. In spite of all that has gone on around this planet, there is always beauty to be found. And I believe soon, more and more our experience of beauty will grow and the darkness that has held our planet and humanity in its fist will be a vague memory, like a nightmare we have woken up from, dissipated as the days of joy and wonder fill us instead.

So come with me and experience some of what I’ve seen over the last several months.

This is an amazing canyon, Tecalote Canyon, a gem in the midst of the city:

All photos by Katelon T Jeffereys

Here’s a couple pretty yellow gems…one from a bush and one from a tree:

I love how delicate these 2 white flowers are, as they almost seem thinner than paper:

Yards all over the neighborhoods I walk have roses, and this lovely pink one caught my eye:

I grew up with an entire outer side of our carport covered with honeysuckle. I loved having that smell as part of my childhood. So some days my walk destiny is planned so I can pass this bush and get a wonderful whiff of honeysuckle again:

And lastly, there are so many different green plants that I’ve never seen before. It touches my heart to see how much love that some home owners put into their landscaping. This beauty stopped me in my tracks:

I read of a great awareness activity that you can add to your walks. You can pick a color for that walk and see how many things you see in that color. Sometimes I focus on green and I concentrate on seeing how many different shades of green I find on my walk that day. It’s wonderful to open your senses to take in more of what is around you. For me, with my love of nature, it keeps me grounded and nourished.

Thanks for joining me on my gathered photos from walks past. Enjoy your spring! Thanks for reading and following my blog and letting others know about it, too!

Much love, katelon

Belated Balboa Park Christmas Eve Day Post 2

Hello, thanks for joining me again on this journey I took on Christmas Eve Day 2016. If you want to see part 1, you can find that here: https://katelontjeffereys.wordpress.com/2017/01/09/belated-balboa-park-christmas-eve-day-post-1/

As I mentioned in part 1, I was walking around in a state of bliss the whole walk, so my attention was easily drawn to roots and leaves and trees and flowers and clouds and reflections…so many sights I had seen before but they showed up in a new way that day.

After enjoying Spanish Village, I headed south toward the main part of the park, where all the museums are located. My first stop was to admire again, this huge Moreton Bay Fig tree that has the second largest girth of any tree in CA. Its age isn’t certain but is estimated to have been planted in 1910.
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I left the tree and took a moment to look at the beautiful fountain that stands between the Fleet Museum of Science and the Natural History Museum. In the summer children love to play in this fountain.
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On my way to Zoro garden, my attention was drawn to this fall colored leaf in a tree.
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I’ve always loved the large root structure of these Ficus trees that border Zoro garden, but hadn’t noticed before that they look like water flowing down the sides of the garden. Zoro garden is built as a grotto, with some rock walls, and curving paths that head down into the grotto. It originally was a walled off nudist colony that people could buy tickets to look into and also to enter. It was built for the 1935 California-Panama Exposition. It also includes vegetation and pools of water to attract various species of butterflies. Here are three pictures of the roots:
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After leaving Zoro garden, I walked all the way southwest to the International Cottages and then back and stopped in at the Timken Museum. They had this beautiful display entitled “Jewels of the Season”, which was choreographed and produced by San Diego State University School of Theatre, Television and Film and MSI Production Services. On the very tall Holiday tree, in display cases and hung from a golden curving display hanging from the ceiling, Hord & Schlappi’s collection of ornaments, designed and handcrafted by local artists Florence Hord and Elizabeth Schlappi, were displayed. Florence Hord began making the ornaments in the 1930’s, and then in 1959, Elizabeth Schlappi was invited to join in the effort. Each ornament includes semi-precious gems, sequins, stones and filigree collected by the two women from around the world There was a video showing that told the history of their work. Some of the ornaments were designed to be very elegant, some more mundane in their topic. Here is a photo of a few of them on the tree.
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After leaving Timken, I decided to check out the annual Poinsettia display at the Botanical Garden Building. Here are 4 photos of them and other wonderful plants inside the Botanical building.
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And lastly, I stopped to look at the serene reflecting pool in front of the Botanical Building. I loved the reflection of the clouds in the water and how the wind created the ripples on the water. I managed to capture this Blue Heron, looking like he is standing on water. The water looked so magical that day, with its ripples and waves.
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That concludes my Christmas Eve Day walk through Balboa Park. Hope you’ve enjoyed it! Thanks for following and reading my blog.

Wishing you a wondrous 2017 filled with joy and fulfillment in all ways!

Love, katelon

Belated Balboa Park Christmas Eve Day Post 1.

Happy New Years everyone! Hope no matter what or how you celebrate, you had wonderful holidays and a Happy New Year! I have spent way too many holidays away from family so I know how holidays can be stressful or lonely, but I still love them and find things to celebrate anyway…like the Bruce Cockburn holiday station Pandora put together for me. I loved listening to it. 2016 was a rough year in many ways but I truly believe that 2017 is going to be THE year where we move fully into the light…the planet, humanity and begin a peaceful existence in all ways. Outer appearances may say something else but I feel differently and feel that the dark chaos that appears physically now will soon be a faded bad dream of long ago.

I took myself to lovely Balboa Park, in San Diego, CA. on Christmas Eve day. I’ve had challenges since so am just now getting around to posting. It was such a beautiful day at the park that I wandered around filled with bliss, seeing old things and new things as if with eyes I’d not used before.

I parked in a different parking lot than I had parked in before, this one near the Historic Carousel and Spanish Village, the gathering of art studios featuring various mediums.

So…first stop was the Historic Carousel, built in 1910. It was hand carved in North Tonawanda and shipped to CA. It was designed by Herschell- Spillman. It was fun to see children of all ages enjoying the ride.
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As I walked from the Carousel and turned the corner into the Spanish Village area, I spotted this lovely wreath high up on the wall, with the beautiful blue sky and clouds above. It was supposed to have been a rainy day but luckily for me, the sky stayed blue my entire walk.
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The first studio I noticed was this one, number 41, that carries some jewelry but mostly stunning glass pieces. In the window were various glass balls that would look beautiful on a big Christmas tree.
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Right next to that, was a sweet tree decorated for the holidays. You can see other studios along the side.
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I wandered into the Sculptors Guild patio, a place I had never noticed before. The pieces were quite different from each other and made from different materials. There were smaller pieces, carved and painted whimsical “chairs”, wood sculptures, large whimsical sculptures faced with colored glass, and large metal sculptures so delicate that it seemed that if you touched parts of them, it would feel like delicate fabric. You can see a second metal sculpture in the background behind a voluptuous figure.
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There were a couple of larger displays out in the main Spanish Village area, that were made from sustainable, recycled materials. The trees in both were made from corks. One was this clever “Gingerbread house” with presents in front, and the other a mini-forest with carolers in front.
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What a delightful place to spend an afternoon. I wandered in a few other studios to look at delicate jewelry, gorgeous hand painted scarves and “vests”, exotic feathered pieces for the wall, beautiful paintings, and hand made ornaments for the tree. I love witnessing the immensity of the creative spirit.

If you happen to be in San Diego on a visit, I highly recommend you visit Balboa Park and wander into Spanish Village!

Driveways…a personal touch!

It’s always interesting to me to look at different houses..the colors, the landscaping, the styles, all the various ways people can make a house their own. The decisions homeowners make are ones they will have to live with for many years, so choosing the details isn’t just like buying a new wardrobe for the season. To me, too…art is everywhere in colors, designs, lines, textures, contrasts, etc.

I walk my landlady’s dog daily so I’ve gotten to know the neighborhood well. I started noticing different driveways, so,  the other morning, I decided to walk and see what I could find. It was early out and I struck up a few conversations with neighbors as they spotted me taking pictures. I explained I was taking pictures of driveways. There was a pause (as if they were saying “driveways” … why???), but then they’d tell me about their driveway and the challenges of slopes and angles.

So here are some I spotted:

There were several driveways using the theme of regular concrete bordered and dissected by red brick:

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There was the use of borders to add contrast, whether the substance was colored concrete or a marble like substance, some with one main continuous solid piece, and some with squares or rectangles:

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There were driveways with various patterns of bricks and other different color products:

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There were two driveways that seemed to be either pebbled or some kind of asphalt pattern:

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There were two with coral colored concrete, using a pattern:

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There were 4 mosaic type patterned driveways:

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One very random rectangle pattern:

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And my favorite, a colored polished concrete driveway with a randomly placed brick circle:

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Feb 24, 2015 Museum Day at Balboa Park, San Diego, CA

Ok….thanks to lovely WordPress, this is take two. I was 1/2 way into writing this post and uploading pictures when the picture wasn’t loading and I couldn’t stop and get back to my post, so closed the screen, which normally saves a draft of the post and this time didn’t.

So this is the shortened version!

I went to 3 museums on this day and liked the Automotive Museum the best. I grew up loving road trips, with a family who loved cars of all kinds and took lots of local and long distance trips.

So most of the photos will be of the Automotive museum. I wasn’t happy with the photo quality but the light was bright and I was using my phone camera. But you can get an idea of the wonderful exhibits.

1 1931 Cadillac 452 roadster v 16
1931 Cadillac 452 Roadster V-16

2 1929 L 29 cord brougham
1929 L-29 Cord Brougham

3 1977 sachsenring trabont 601
1977 Sachsenring Trabant 601. Body made of recycled plastic, in East Germany. These cars were only sold in communist countries, including Cuba.

4 1914 ford modelo T
1914 Ford Modelo T

5 1966 bizzarrini P538 lamborghini V 12  1 of 3
1966 Bizzarrini P538 Lamborghini V-12 engine. One of three built.

6 Lamborthini and 1973 Dino GTS Ferrari
Lamborghini in foreground. 1973 Dino GTS Ferrari. The engine was designed by Dino Ferrari before he died at age 24 of muscular dystrophy.

7 1960 Alfa Romeo Sprint
1960 Alfa Romeo Sprint. Alfa Romeo was an employee owned factory.

8 1981 Delorean
1981 Delorian with a stainless steel body.

11 Tango electric car one seatter
Tango electric car. This car is designed for one person, built with reinforcement up to 4X that of normal cars and designed to only take up 1/2 of a lane.

13 1929 Ford Model A coupe
1929 Ford Model A Coupe, similar to the one my Father owned.

9 1926 Harley Davidson motorcycle
1926 Harley Davidson motorcycle.

10 1928 Guzzi motorcycle
1928 Guizzi motorcycle.

12 1916 Harley davidson motorcycle
1916 Harley Davidson motorcycle.

15 Steve McQueen display poster

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Display honoring actor Steve McQueen for his car and motorcycle racing careers.

There were several Indian Chief motorcycles, some with side cars but my photos didn’t turn out well.

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Front of the Automotive Museum. It presently has a special display, too, featuring San Diego vehicles and displays for the 100th anniversary.

17 Museum of Flight original Ford Pavillion building
The Air and Space museum. This is the only building left of the original Ford Pavillion, built for the 1915 Balboa park exposition. The pavillion was built to display cars and also had roads around it so people could test drive the cars before purchasing them.

22 Apollo 9
Capsule of Apollo 9

23 Fleet model 2 1929
Fleet Model 2 1929

24 lincoln standard J T barnstorming plane
Lincoln standard J-T barnstorming plane

25 lockheed vega 5 B replica for movie Amelia
Replica of the Lockheed Vega 5 B, made for the movie “Amelia”. This is a replica of the one Amelia Earhart flew to win many records.

26 Bowlus SP 1 Albatross Glider
Bowlus SP-1 Albatross glider that set many records.

27 pitts Special S 15 aerobotic plane
Pitts Special aerobotic plane used for aerobotic trick flying.

18 San Diego hall of champions sports museum
San Diego Hall of Champions Sports Museum.

20 Marcus Allen
This museum honors San Diego athletes in High School, College and Professional, as well as the local professional sports teams. I’m a Raiders fan so the only display that caught my eye was the one for the great Marcus Allen, who played for the Raiders when they were based in Los Angeles.

21 Balboa park club
I also wandered past the Balboa Park club, which was originally built in 1915 for the Panama-California exposition as the New Mexico Building. It was inspired by a 300 year old Acoma Pueblo mission church. In 1935 it was remodeled for the California Pacific International Exposition.

I hope you have enjoyed our walk for today. If you are in the area, please take the time to come visit Balboa park!!!

Southpark Neighborhood, San Diego, CA

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 🙂

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I loved the magic in these big unopened blossoms.

 

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

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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.

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

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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

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