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Dog Beach, Ocean Beach, San Diego, CA

I had stayed away from Dog Beach as I’d heard criticism of it as a dog poop infested place.  I wish I had checked it out sooner rather that in the last several weeks of my San Diego stay.  I loved the place.  I had been caring for a small Silkie dog and took her a couple times then went back alone, my last week in San Diego.

The beach is located at the end of Voltaire street, and is at the north end of Ocean beach. There is plenty of parking.  You can access the beach by just walking down to the ocean and following the coast line around, or you can head out north, across a wide stretch of beach and head to the shore of the San Diego river, which runs into the ocean. 

I loved that this beach had more activity on it than other beaches, because of course all the dogs are interacting, or most of them, and people were friendly and respectful.  Some people were swimming with their dogs in the river, playing games of fetch, walking along the ocean and river or just relaxing on the sand as their dogs had fun.

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Photos by Katelon T Jeffereys

I’m not sure but I think that the  part of Dog Beach that is next to the San Diego river runs quite a ways east.  I walked it for quite a ways, but not to the end of it.

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There is a barrier that runs along the San Diego River on the North side of it, that separates it from the bay area that opens up to the ocean..  Boats travel on the bay side of the barrier but not the river side.

So if you are vacationing in San Diego, leave your Pacific/Mission beach digs and come check out Dog Beach, Ocean beach area.  And if you are a SD resident, come give it a try. If you walk south along the beach, beyond the dog beach, you will find quaint shops and restaurants.  There are places to stay in Ocean Beach, too, if you desire to stay somewhere different than the normal Mission/Pacific beach areas.

Thanks for joining me on another adventure.  If you like it, let me know with a “like” or comment.  And if you want to read more, please follow me.  Thanks for reading and joining in the fun.

love, katelon

 

 

 

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See the Sea Condo Vacation Rentals

Hello All,

I spotted these condos several years ago and was intrigued with them.  Many of the units have balconies facing the ocean, they are next to the boardwalk, on Pacific Beach, San Diego, CA, close to restaurants and shops, have miles of beach and boardwalk to walk/bike/scooter/skateboard and have great energy.

Front of Building next to the boardwalk.

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All photos by Katelon T Jeffereys

South side of Condo building. I was on the fourth floor, both balconies east of the corner unit were mine.

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I had been emailing Holly, whose family owns 11 of them, for years.  Wow, what a patient woman!  I’d think I finally was going to have the funds to visit, would write her about availability and nope…not enough funds.  So when I finally decided to treat myself several weeks ago, communicating with her was a breeze.  She immediately emailed back and gave me a list of what was available, what dates they were available and the details on each condo available each week. Once I’d made a decision on the week, she sent me numerous pictures of the place.
  Check in was a breeze.  Holly remained helpful throughout the stay, even allowing I and another couple to visit other vacating condos at the end of the week, so we could check out the differences between them and make notes of favorites for a return visit.  Many visitors return year after year.  The other woman stated that Holly had been quite patient with her, too, while she requested photos of condo after condo so she could make a decision about which to rent.  The price is great compared to many of the beach rentals.

Here I am just arriving, in a rare selfie.  You can see the colorful dining table, white leather couch, new ceiling fan, and a reflection of the entry way in the mirrored living room wall.

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Here are a few photos of the pretty King size bed, in the Master bedroom.  The colors of the condo and decor were all beachy turquoise and white.  I’m picky about beds, and travel with foam if I’m in my car and this bed was so comfy, it was great without it.  It was soothing to sleep with the sound of the ocean right outside my room and to sit in bed and see the ocean out the window and sliding glass door. There’s a photo of the dresser, and the SW facing balcony.  The combo tub/shower bathroom and closet were next to the bedroom.

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Here’s a photo of a peek into the full kitchen. It had a window opening to the corridor and courtyard. The courtyard has a Jacuzzi, and lounge chairs facing the boardwalk and ocean.  The photo also again shows the cute dining room table and living room. There was a broom closet, a wet bar area, fully stocked kitchen with all you’d need to cook with, and each room had it’s own TV.  There is a balcony off the living room, too.

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The second bedroom had two twins that could be made up as a king bed, a closet filled with boogie boards, sand toys, a beach umbrella, coolers, and there were beach towels, too….all you’d need for your fun in the sun.  The second bathroom had a shower. 

On the north side of the buildings was Kono’s for breakfast or lunch. The food is inexpensive, tastes great and there is always a line, but it moves quickly. Kono’s has patios you can sit on outside, inside tables and there is grass outside to the west, too.  The pier is right to the west for strolling or fishing.

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A few store fronts to the east of Kono’s, is Pacific Bean.  It won the coffee taste test over Starbucks.  The Barista was a very friendly young Italian man.  I had a Mexican Chocolate coffee that came with chocolate whipped cream. Yum!!!

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And of course, here’s the beach you come to San Diego to enjoy!

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https://www.vrbo.com/137301ha#ownerprofile

You won’t be disappointed.  I ran into a couple women who had rented one of the other condos from Airbnb, had paid more than I had paid and they didn’t have a view. The owner hadn’t even oriented them to the laundry room and other features of the complex. There is garage parking, elevators and two sand showers in the garage, one on each side.  It is a secure building.

Thanks for reading and joining me on this trip.  If you liked reading this, “like” it, leave a comment and join in the conversation, and sign up to follow the blog for more walks, adventures, reviews and special places 🙂

Love, katelon

 

 

 

 

Moonlight State Beach, Encinitas, CA Trip #3

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Photos by Katelon T Jeffereys

I went to Moonlight Beach 3 times during my 3 day trip to Encinitas, CA.  It was only a 12 min. walk from where I was staying.   It’s a pretty active beach with a playground for kids, volley ball nets and games going on much of the time. There is a concession stand, a lifeguard building and lifeguard towers strung along the beach.  The beach is approached by Encinitas Blvd with parking in the neighborhood and a parking lot up above the beach to the SE of it.  Houses to the North and South of the beach have steep stairs that go down the cliffs there.  You can walk along the beach to the North and South but be careful with the tides so you don’t get trapped  by the water.

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A closer look at the reflection in the water 🙂

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There were several programs going on for children, on the shoreline, and on the beach. There were surfing lessons going on, too.

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The volley ball courts were in full use every time I went, except for early morning.

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I liked this mural next to the Lifeguard building.

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In the same building of the concession stand were men’s and women’s bathrooms, with room to change as well. There were showers on the beach to wash off the sand.  I like how family and user friendly this beach is in all ways.  If you are in Encinitas, come check it out.

If you want to read parts 1 and 2 of this series, here ore the links:

https://katelontjeffereys.wordpress.com/2018/08/20/trip-to-encinitas-ca-1-come-along/

https://katelontjeffereys.wordpress.com/2018/08/22/self-realization-fellowship-gardens-encinitas-2/

Thanks for coming along on my trip. If you enjoyed it, “like” it, or leave a comment. If you’d like to join in the adventure, I’d love to have you follow my blog.

Much love, katelon

 

 

 

 

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.

Thanks for reading.  Please join in the conversation, leave a “like” or a comment, and follow my blog if you’d like to share in my further adventures.

Love, katelon

 

 

 

Trip to Encinitas, CA #1…Come Along!

Last week, I took a 3 day, 3 night trip to Encinitas, CA. I’d stayed there a few years ago and loved it, needed to get away, so I went….come along and see the sights!

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All photos by Katelon T Jeffereys

This lovely flower arrangement spells out Encinitas, and is in front of a restaurant on the corner of Encinitas Blvd. and the coast highway, 101, that goes through the part of town called “The Village”.

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This beautiful mural was on the side of the above mentioned restaurant.

I did a lot of walking, checking out stores, a few restaurants, a natural food store, walked to the Self Realization Fellowship gardens, planted by Yogananda, and down to Moonlight beach. I’ll be posting blog posts about Moonlight Beach and the gardens.

I chose to stay at the Best Western Moonlight Beach hotel and was glad I did. It had a pretty healthy, and extensive free breakfast, a pretty pool, VERY cushy bed and pillows (And I”m very picky about wanting comfy beds and pillows), and I could even see the ocean from the corner of my patio.  The hotel is up on a hill, but only a short 12 min. walk to the beach and just 1 1/2 blocks from the coast highway and the village commerce.  I walked to the gardens from there, too, even though the gardens are in the south side of the village.  The natural food store, with a great soup/salad/taco bar/hot foods offering, was only a block away, too.

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To the north of the hotel, across the street, was a lovely park, with trails, a playground, covered areas with tables, and barbecues, and nice grassy areas.

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Walking along the sidewalk into the village I passed these bright electrical boxes.

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On the way to Moonlight state beach, I passed this magical garden.  I couldn’t figure out if it was a community thing, next to a hostel so part of that, or what. If anyone has any information, please let me know.  This Welcome Garden took up a fairly large area, 1/2 block in length. It was planted with desert plants and had hundreds of painted rocks, painted by various individuals. 

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You can click on any photo to enlarge it.

I hope you have enjoyed this walk. I appreciate you coming along.  Please join in the conversation with a “like” and/or comment, and sign up to follow if you’d like to see more about Encinitas, and my other walks and adventures. 

Encinitas is about 30 min. north of San Diego, on the coast. Come check it out.

Love, katelon

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

Happy Spring!

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Katelon T Jeffereys

Happy Spring from the Tyrannosaurus Rex and Bunnies!

 

Holiday Lights In The Neighborhood!

I love this time of year! I especially love how whimsical it is with holiday lights inside and outside, stores decorated, streets decorated. When I had my own apt. I had white Christmas lights strung and hung all around my living room ceiling. Somehow no matter what was going on, I felt like magic and miracles were always possible with those lights shining.

I walked the other night and ended up taking photos of houses and trees decorated, some with special yard decorations. I only have my Samsung Galaxy smart phone, so the lights didn’t come out as sharp as they look in person, but you can get the idea.

Here are photos of houses. I love how individual it all is as it allows everyone to express themselves in perhaps a more extravagant way than normal.



And then there were trees decorated..palm trees, shorter shrub trees, all kinds of trees.



Everyone needs a Christmas Unicorn 🙂



I also saw this lovely angel on a daytime walk.



And lastly, I walked by this awesome decorated old VW van:

However you celebrate the holidays and/or Winter Solstice, or whether you don’t celebrate it…I wish you a blessed end of the year as we move into a New Year! This coming year, it is my desire, intention and prayer, that we finally and fully move this planet and all life upon it, into peaceful, abundant, healthy, love and light filled life; where we have a world that works for all, honors all; where all have clean water and air, a comfortable home, meaningful relationships and ways to share their gifts and talents; where everyone feels loved and cared for in all ways.

I appreciate you sharing this journey with me, taking the time to read my blog. If you like it, please like/follow/comment/reblog.

Love, katelon

La Jolla, CA visit, Part 2

Hello Friends!

Here is part 2 of my La Jolla visit. After leaving the little church, https://katelontjeffereys.wordpress.com/2017/07/09/la-jolla-ca-visit-part-1/

I walked down to Prospect St. to the Legends Gallery.  I love their collection.  Their address is 1205 Prospect St. Suite B., La Jolla, CA. 92037. I have written about them before. They have an amazing collection of Dr. Seuss artwork, the lovely art from his famous books and other works as well.  Right now they are also showing whimsical and heartwarming work by Mackenzie Thorpe.  I had seen his work before and was delighted by these new pieces.   A couple of them are definitely going on my wish list:

This one is entitled “You Are My Rock”.  It feels very poignant to me.  I love the stars in the sky. If you are viewing this on a phone, you can click on the photo and enlarge it.
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This next one is called “It’s Magic”.  To me if references the cow who jumped over the moon…but now the cow has cargo and friends 🙂

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As I was walking on the other side of the street, I passed this lovely sculpture that seemed to be a sea enchantress.

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I then headed down toward the water, to Ellen Browning Scripps Park.  There is plenty of trees to sit under and grass to play on, restrooms and a sidewalk that offers a stunning view of the ocean below.  On the large rock, there were numerous birds.

From there I walked south on the sidewalk to the famous La Jolla Cove.  You can walk down on the sand but there are barriers to make sure you don’t disturb the seals. There is a pathway you can walk down that allows you to look in one direction down toward the beach with the seals, and on the other side, look out toward the ocean and rocks below.

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I had taken the photo of this seal on a rock before walking down to take the above photo. On the way back up the walkway, I stopped again to look at the seal and just then it dove into the water. Then, out of what seemed like a small hole behind where he was laying, one after another seals flopped out and then into the ocean, about 5 of them. It was like a magic trick where the magician keeps pulling rabbits out of the hat and you wonder how they all fit in there!

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I hope you have enjoyed this tour of a small part of La Jolla. If you are visiting CA, come check it out!

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