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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

 

 

 

 

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Imperial Beach Adventure!

I apologize for not posting in many months. My focus has been elsewhere and I just haven’t had any adventures in months. I’ve gone to Balboa Park, gone to the beach, walked through neighborhoods, but just didn’t see anything I hadn’t posted about already.

So after hearing about Imperial Beach on Monday, I decided to have an adventure yesterday. I drove down I-5 and then took the Palm Drive turn off, exit 5a and made my way to the pier and then down Seacoast Drive to find a place to park.

After parking, I walked a short while on the street side of a long row of condo’s and townhomes, until I found a path to the beach. Then I walked on the beach toward the pier. It’s been hotter in San Diego lately, so I enjoyed the cool breeze. The beach was so different than Pacific and Mission beach, which I’m used to walking, as although this beach was lined with places for people to stay, there was hardly anyone on the beach!

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This time of year, Mission and Pacific Beach, in San Diego, is filled with surfers, sunbathers, kids, adults, umbrellas, shade structures and tents. Plus, those beaches have a boardwalk and many restaurants lining the beach as well. Imperial Beach has the homes, a few hotels, etc. but there is no boardwalk next to the beach, nor any restaurants right on the beach. There a few restaurants on Seacoast Drive.

Here is the park that is next to the pier. There is an icecream shop, restrooms and a souvenir shop at this park.

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There are several benches scattered around the park and they all are made of surfboards.

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There were also a few painted electric boxes, and here is one that captured my attention.

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And here is the pier. I didn’t walk out on the pier so can’t tell you what is on it.

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After walking to the pier, I walked along Seacoast Drive, looking for a place to get a quick lunch. I finally found an open Taco shop and had 2 great fish tacos. (Sorry no picture…I just don’t stop to think of food pictures ). I met a great friendly couple who had grown up in Imperial Beach. I asked them what they loved about it. The woman, Linda, mentioned the Tijuana Slough National Wildlife Refuge south of town, right next to the beach, the Tijuana River National Estuarrine Research Reserve, same area, and the Border Field State Park, which is just south of the Reserve and Refuge. She mentioned that along the friendship fence in the Border Field Park, families will gather on both sides so they can hug each other. Oh….how I long for a world without borders keeping families apart, and nations at war.

North of town is the San Diego Bay National Wildlife Refuge. All of these areas have walking/hiking/biking trails through them.

Linda said she enjoyed that Imperial Beach is a small town, with friendly people, quiet at night, plenty of stores, etc. in the city area, yet all this natural beauty to enjoy. There are other parks along the beach and inland, too.

After lunch, I went back and laid on the beach for awhile and read. Note to self….buy some new sunscreen 🙂 I am fried today! I did get visited by this probably hoping for a snack sea gull, who sat about 6 feet from me for quite awhile.

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After going to the little icecream shop to get a Mexican coffee mocha icecream cone, I took Linda’s advice and did walk down the beach about 40 min. to where the Tijuana River flows into the ocean. The beach was mostly empty but occasionally I’d run across someone, and every few minutes there were Navy helicopters flying overhead. I can spot three of them in this picture.

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Here are two pictures of the Tijuana River and it flowing into the ocean. If you click on the pictures and enlarge them, you can see Tijuana’s buildings and bull ring on the hillside.

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On the other side of the river is the Reserve and beyond that, the Border Field State Park. I don’t know if there is a way to cross the river there as the ocean there is deeper with the river running into it. There are roads on the east side of the Park and Reserve and I think that is where people access the trails.

After walking back to my car, I decided to take another suggestion Linda made and I took Hwy. 75, the Strand, north, past the San Diego Bay National Wildlife Refuge, past Silver Strand State Beach to Coronado and then took the Coronado bridge back to San Diego.

What a fun adventure. I met two other friendly people when I walked down to the river, met that great couple at lunch, got lots of sunshine and hours of walking in, got to explore a new place and had a great road trip. I’m looking forward to going back again to explore the others great nature places in this city.

So if you’re local or visiting this way, come check it out!

Christmas Day Walk About

Hello All….finishing off photos taken before I ended up in bed, sick, on the 28th.

I’m alone,  so I try to be creative on Christmas.  It started out as a cold, windy day.  I took myself to breakfast then walked out to the Pier at Pacific Beach. I loved the feeling of the cold wind and blustery day. People were friendlier than usual, wishing each other Merry Christmas. I’m like a Golden retriever out around people, so I’m always saying hello to everyone who  seems open to a smile.

Here is a photo taken looking north off the pier. The high rise is called Capri by the Sea, and are condos rented out by the owners.

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Looking out at this water, it still amazes me to think back to my 8 year old self, on a canvas raft, out beyond the waves alone, hanging out for hours each day while on vacation with my parents.  Somehow, their normal hovering over me that I received in my home town was discarded on vacations and my days consisted of being in the ocean for hours, alone, then coming in and walking back to the place on the beach where we were staying, then coming out to the seawall at night to listen to the waves. The freedom was exhilarating.  Every summer vacation here was the same.  Freedom!!!!

The next one is looking south, taken from the pier.

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Then I headed out, attempting to find a hiking trail I had investigated online the night before, called Los Penesquitos.  I had figured out tentatively that the trail head I was looking for was off of Sorrento Valley Blvd. east of I-805. I looked on an online map and it seemed to be just north of Mira Mesa Blvd. I still don’t know many of the areas here, so I ended up driving north on 805, not seeing the proper exit, taking one anyway and intuitively then turning east and weaving around looking for the correct road. I ended up back on 805 going south, took another exit and turned east, near Mira Mesa, trying this road and that, and finally, finally, found Sorrento Valley Blvd.   For a short distance there were no houses and my breath deepened, making me realize how much I miss being more out in the country and not in a city.

I felt excited to try this new to me trail as it seemed like I  would be able to hike as much or as little as I wanted to, it was mostly flat but there was a waterfall, some ruins, big boulders, and it looked interesting.  Then, I finally saw the entrance I had been looking for……and it had a bar across it so I couldn’t enter the parking lot to catch the trail head. I drove further east, hoping to find another way in and couldn’t, so ended up just turning around and heading back to San Diego.

I decided to just go to Balboa Park, good ole Balboa Park, and see if I could find some trails there that I hadn’t taken before.  I parked south of the Science museum and walked west to the area south of the Mingei and heading toward the hospitality cottages. I saw a trail from above.

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So I headed a little north again, curved to the left and found these stairs to walk down.

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Just after heading down the stairs and turning west to find the trails, I noticed this close up view of the powerful and extensive root system of a Eucalyptus tree.

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I found a couple parallel trails so I took the north one until it dead ended, then circled back and caught the south one. I followed that one until the end and ended up coming out at the Automotive Museum on the west side of the main park.  I turned around and headed back onto the trail again and found a nice view spot to see the Cabrillo Bridge.  I had posted pictures on my blog before taken from on the bridge, so it was nice to see it from this view.

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Even though I didn’t find the trail I was looking for, I still enjoyed the drive, exploring and having an adventure. Even though I’d occasionally see people on the Balboa Park trail, it felt more like I was out in nature and not in a managed park.

Hope you’ve enjoyed my Christmas adventure.

May the New Year be a very healthy and happy one, beyond even what we can imagine for ourselves and the world.

 

 

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San Diego Natural History Museum Films

Last Tuesday I went to see the three films at the San Diego Natural History Museum, located at Balboa Park in San Diego, CA. I had already been through the museum but hadn’t taken the time to see the films so went back specifically to do that. On Free residents Tuesday, the first Tuesday of the month, the cost is $5 for all three films.Otherwise it is the normal admission rate. If you go on Free resident Tuesday you have to stop and pay the $5 to get your ticket for the movies. We had to exit the theater after each movie then get back in line and wait 30-40 min. for the next seating.

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Two of the three films were 3D films. So we all got to wear the silly glasses.

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The first film I watched was one about Dinosaurs, a 3D film, about Dinosaurs in the Alaska area. At times there were violent moments with Dinosaur fights and T-Rex opening his big mouth in 3D so you might consider before bringing very young children. It was a very lush and informative short film.

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The second film I saw was called “Ocean Oasis” about the magical and prolific Baja California ocean area. The film was beautiful and described why the ocean life and bird life is so plentiful there. It was lovely to see huge manta rays, various unusual forms of jelly fish, sharks, and many other different sea creatures.

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The last film was fascinating. It was about Mummies. The film explained why it took so long to figure out how mummies were formed and how this research is used now in hopes for medical cures. It talked of how the famous mummies were uncovered, why they were created in the first place and how they have been brought to safe places for all to see. I especially enjoyed the views of the various temples. This film was 3D also.

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So if you happen to be in San Diego, come check out this wonderful museum and the movies. This website lists more about the museum, its ongoing research, what exhibits and films are presently being shown, prices, etc. There is a lovely gift shop there and also a snack bar.

http://sdnhm.org/

Stroll Along The Pacific Beach/Mission Beach Boardwalk, San Diego, CA

My previous post inspired me. I often walk this boardwalk, spent my childhood vacations walking this boardwalk and in my life since then.  So some of these photos are the same location as pictures from the previous post and many are not.

The first photo is off an octopus mural on the boardwalk at the end of Garnet Ave.  So let’s start our walk:

Mural at Boardwalk and Grand Ave

This next photo is of the Baja Beach Cafe, formally Green Flash. A place where my Mom and I often enjoyed many meals.

Baja Beach Cafe former Green Flash

 

Shark mural on the side of an ice cream stand:

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These are called The Beach Cottages.  I stayed here in a hotel room, at spring break, with my Mom and best friend, Dottie, when I was a Junior in High School and later stayed in one of the cottages in the front in the summer of 1975, after driving to San Francisco, from Tucson, AZ, then coming down the coast to see my Grandmother, in Van Nuys, for the last time before she died later that summer.

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Next we are walking by the Banana Bungalow hostel

 

Banana Bungalow Hostel

This is my favorite sno-cone stand, my guilty pleasure 🙂

Favorite sno cone stand

Next we pass The Surfer Hotel and World Famous Restaurant.  I have stayed at the surfer numerous times alone and with my Mother when she was alive, along with my son.  I stayed here for 10 days in 1999, after being with my Mom during her death, then clearing out her house for sale.  This was my refuge. I have eaten in the restaurant many times for breakfast, lunch and dinner. It is my favorite beach restaurant and it has great food.

Surfer Hotel and World Famous Restaurant

Next is the Crow’s nest studio that sits on top of a 2 bedroom beach cottage.  This and the house just to the east of it were owned by a woman who had worked on the Valley Religious Task Force board with me during the years of 1994-1997 when I did volunteer work with Central American Refugees…teaching classes, fixing up the homeless shelter we ran, giving massages to refugees, serving on the board, protesting against the covert wars in Central America and the poor treatment of the refugees, etc.  The owner of this property let my son and I stay in the Crow’s nest, for free, for a week in the summer of 1995, after a horrible break up. I was exhausted and emotionally spent, so my son and I drove from Tempe, AZ to rest and heal here.

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This is my favorite house on the beach. It reminds me of a house in Italy or France.

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Next we come to Hamel’s, the store that looks like a castle. This is on Mission beach. I went in there for the first time on this stroll.  I have an “adopted” Navajo daughter who has 9 children and I wanted to look at their t-shirt collection for kids so I could gift them all San Diego t-shirts, along with wanting to gift the two children of my ex-Seattle landlords.

Hamels on Mission beach

Now we are at the famous Belmont Park and it’s wooden roller coaster. I spent so many fun filled days and nights here as a child.  I was especially fond of the fun house with the wavy mirrors and the spinning wooden floor that would ultimately spin you off to the sides. The roller coaster was shut down for awhile but now has been repaired.  In this complex there is now a miniature golf course I plan to check out, a wave house where you can surf the indoor waves, and a large salt water pool called The Plunge. It is closed for repairs. Darn!

Belmont Park and roller coaster

From here, I left the boardwalk, took off my shoes and walked down to the ocean and walked back next to the water, enjoying the hard wet sand under my feet. Looking north at the end of my walk there was Crystal Pier and the private cottage rentals.  Friends of my family used to stay in these many years ago.  San Diego was such a popular destination for many families in my southern AZ hometown, so families would plan vacations together. This provided us kids other children to play with and company for our parents as well.  I’m ready to leave San Diego now but it will always hold an important place in my heart.

Crystal Pier and cottages

As a child, I used to take my heavy canvas raft out beyond the waves and hang out for many hours, unafraid. My parents let me go, which was quite the opposite of the over vigilance in my hometown.  I’d often sit on the beach at night, listening to the waves.  I have many fond memories of this place from both childhood and adulthood. Some of the buildings along the boardwalk have remained the same, some have been torn down and replaced with newer buildings and some have been upgraded.

Come check it out yourself!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Moonlight Beach, Encinitas, CA

I’ve been staying in Encinitas, CA for a short while. I came here awhile ago on the last vacation I took with my Mom, in the summer of 1997. While there we stayed in a small hotel near the beach but it was north of Moonlight beach, and involved a very steep set of stairs to get to the beach. I remember walking south though to Moonlight beach.  I also visited the gardens at the Self Realization Fellowship compound while there that time. I have posted pictures on this blog before of the gardens, with the pictures taken during a visit a month or so ago.

Locals tend to like Swami beach, south of the SRF compound as Yogananda frequented them and is honored there, but also because it is less crowded. I like Moonlight beach because it is an easy drive west on Encinitas Blvd. which becomes “B” st. and I always find parking in the neighborhood. There is a large parking area though on a hill above the beach. The beach has bathrooms, showers, a concession stand with beach rentals, picnic tables and a playground.

I recently walked to the beach and walked both north and south of the main area. The sand was sparkling with what looked like gold flecks, like real gold was shining in the sand. The picture doesn’t do it justice.  It is a lovely area and an easy walk. Come check it out!

Here is a photo of the trees on the cliffs above the beach and one of the gold in the sand.

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This photo is the beach looking south from Moonlight Beach.

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This is the beach looking north.

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McKinleyville, CA Paths

I lived in Northern California from Sept. 1988 to June 1992.  I ended up living in this magical neighborhood. Across the street was a row of houses, beyond that a bluff, beyond that the Mad River, beyond that sand dunes and beyond that…an ocean. At the end of my block was a forest. I could take one path and it led down to the river.  I could take another path and it would lead through a meadow and out to an overlook of the ocean. I used to purposely get lost, exploring various paths and then finding my way back. One time I attempted to walk next to the river, running out of a path, climbing in and out of the branches of trees, attempting to avoid huge banana slugs and finally having to scramble up trees to a  yard on the bluff, walking out with debris trailed throughout my long hair.  I dared myself to learn to walk the forest path at night, feeling the path underneath my feet, no light, finding my way across the meadow and knowing when to stop at the ocean over-look to avoid going off the edge. I returned in Nov. 2012.  The little forest is now more tamed, some paths the same, some re-directed and built up.

Another place I loved to walk was along clam beach.  You can camp there, and walk for miles. I used to go out at night and walk for quite awhile and somehow, know where to cut in through the dunes to find my car once again.  I found fossils in some of the rocks there.  Clam Beach is just north of Mckinleyville. The area is very beautiful with redwood trees, ocean, moose and deer.

 

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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.

 

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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.

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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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