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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.

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

 

 

 

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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

Another Lovely Day at Balboa Park, San Diego, CA

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!

Arizona Inn, Tucson, AZ

I had never heard of the Arizona Inn, but while in Tucson my temporary landlord invited me to a Passover meal and one of the guests worked there as the master woodworker in the onsite cabinet and furniture making shop, and he was talking about it’s beauty and history, so I went to check it out.

A friend and I went one Sat. afternoon in March and wandered around.  It is located on 14 acres in mid-town Tucson, on Elm Street, between Country Club and Campbell Ave., not far from the house my Mom lived in.  It was opened in 1930, and at the time it was considered out in the country.  Isabella Greenway built it partially to create an Inn for visitors to stay in, but also to provide a market for the furniture that was being built in her business that hired WWI Veterans.  The market crash of 29 had cut down on the market for the furniture she was building and she wanted to keep these vets employed so created her Inn and furnished it with the furniture they were building. The Inn still employs master woodworkers, such as the man I met, to restore the original furniture and create new pieces. The Inn still continues Isabella’s progressive policies and often hires immigrants to work there. They are very supportive of their employees. The man I met at the dinner had worked there happily for many, many years.

Isabella was quite a progressive woman and became the first congresswoman for AZ. She was close friends with Eleanor Roosevelt and her husband rode with Teddy Roosevelt’s rough riders.

The 4 diamond Inn is beautifully landscaped with many gardens and fountains spread throughout.  There are 95 casita type rooms and suites, 2 2-story 6000 sq. foot residential homes with 5 Bdr. each and their own private pool and a smaller 2 bdr. guest house.  The room rate starts at $139 a night.  They host weddings, corporate retreats, family reunions and other events.

There is a tennis court, heated outdoor pool, large library, an exercise facility, a sauna, a 4 diamond dining room, a bar that serves food and food available next to the pool, a business center, various games and even ice cream served by the pool seasonally. I love the beautiful Spanish architecture, and all the little added details on the windows and tiles.

So if you are in Tucson and need a place to stay, check it out. Or even if you don’t, go walk around and enjoy the beautiful landscaping.

Arizona Inn 7 entrance Arizona Inn 1 going up to a room Arizona Inn 3 a great window on the property Arizona Inn 4 view into another area of rooms Arizona Inn 6 courtyard

 

 

Day Trips From Seattle, WA

I love road trips, especially road trips to places I can hike around.  One of the places I went quite often was to the Green River and Flaming Geyser Park. It is SE of Seattle, taking I – 5 south, to Hwy 18 going east, taking the Black Diamond Exit and following the signs to Flaming Geyser park.  The road winds past horse farms, and produce farms so it is quite picturesque.   The park is 480 acres,  day use, with more than 3 miles of shoreline.   People go there to walk, picnic and float down the river. I have been there during all seasons, walking through fall leaves, walking in the rain, and sunbathing in the rare sunny days. The park has a few “geysers” (methane leaks), and one of them used to spout a few feet high but now is only a few inches.

 

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Another beautiful trip is to Lake Kachess. It is near the town of Cle Elum, off of I-90 East.  There is a river there, the lake, campgrounds, homes near by and places to walk. I went during the fall after the campground had closed and was the only one there. The fall colors were beautiful. I found some tracks and didn’t figure out what kind of animal they belonged to.

 

Fall. 2 2011 Lake Gale Creek, Lake Kachess Lake Kachess tracks Lake Kachess. water color Reflection on Lake Kachess

 

My Mom’s last visit to see my son and I in Seattle was for my birthday in 1999. She died that year in Oct.  She had wanted to go to Butchart gardens again as she had fond memories of it, but decided not to spend the money on the trip. (tip to ALL people…enjoy your money why you are ALIVE!).  So before leaving Seattle in 2012, I took myself up to see the gardens around my birthday time.  The Clipper takes travelers from Seattle to Victoria, BC for day trips as well as combining it with stays in local hotels.  I just went up for the day, taking the tour to the gardens and then leaving me some time to walk around Victoria.  While there, I signed the guest book with my Mom’s name so that she was able to have one more visit there.

Butchart Gardens were created by Robert and Jennie Butchart along with help from master gardeners.  Robert had purchased the land to create a quarry for gathering limestone for cement.  His wife decided to then create gardens on this land as the quarry was exhausted of it’s limestone. It grew from there. They built their factory and home on the land and even when the gardens went public, they continued to live there.  Throughout the years, dignitaries from around the world gave them plants to add to their collection.

 

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Long Beach, Washington is on a peninsula just north of the Columbia River, the border of Oregon and the town, Astoria.  There are a few towns along the Peninsula, a few miles from each other. It is SW of Seattle, with several available routes to take to get there.  It is known as a great place for kite flying, growing cranberries, and oysters. They have several festivals throughout the year. In 2000 I went in the fall during their Oyster Festival, which is a music festival with various offerings along the peninsula.  In Sept. 2012, before I made the decision to leave Seattle, I knew I needed a short vacation. So I found a great RV park in Sea View, south of Long Beach , made reservations and paid for a tenting spot. Unfortunately, the first night there it rained and my tent was filled with water, leading me to spend my first day there doing laundry. I then upgraded to a sweet small RV to spend the next few days.  I was arriving during their old car festival so watched several beautiful older cars driving past me on my trip there. while there, I went on long walks every day through town and along the wonderful trail. The paved trail goes from mostly one end of the peninsula to the other end, used by bicyclists and  walkers both.

Pave path with ocean in the distance Ocean view Cranberry crop Trail from park to ocean

 

Some of my other favorite day trips from Seattle were to Snoqualmie Falls east of Seattle on I-90, and longer trips to La Push, on the Olympic Peninsula. La Push is on the ocean and west of Forks. The Rain Forest is south of there and a wonderful place to hike.

 

Please share any of your favorite day trips from Seattle in the comment section below!

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