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Water and Sky

Hello Friends,

I love nature in all its forms.  Here are some photos of beautiful clouds and water.

The first one is taken at Pacific Beach, San Diego, CA.

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All photos by Katelon T. Jeffereys

I love the faint colors in these clouds.

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This is the San Diego River, taken in Mission Valley, San Diego, CA.

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I’d not seen sideways striated clouds before seeing these.

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What a beautiful planet in all its forms.

Thanks for stopping by!

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Public Art Work Along Mission Blvd.

Last week I decided to vary my usual boardwalk/beach walk with a stroll down Mission Blvd., San Diego, CA. I walked between W. Mission Bay Drive and Pacific Drive, taking photos of public art work on electric boxes, walls and the side of some buildings.  Here is my collection!  Come Walk With Me! For more detail, click on each picture to see it in full.

One electric box was covered with skateboarders:

I found two lovely ocean scenes:

Beach scenes were pictured on 3 different places:

I was delighted by these 4 scenes of Sea creatures and a beach bird:

And lastly, this lovely electric box adorned with Mermaids:

I hope you have enjoyed this art walk along Mission Blvd. If you are in the area, check it out!

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Love, katelon

Gray Winter Day at Pacific Beach, San Diego, CA

The other day I took a walk on the boardwalk, on a gray winter day. It is one of my favorite times at the beach as visitors are few and I can wander and remember times gone by, as a kid, coming here for vacations. Yes, those vacations were in the summer but it seems like it wasn’t as busy then.

Here is the gray ocean and sky day with very few people on the beach.
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I noticed this lovely mural at the Blue Sea Beach Hotel, a hotel right on the boardwalk, at the intersection of Boardwalk and Pacific Street.
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Looking down the boardwalk, which was narrower when I was a kid, you can see very few people on the beach or going down the boardwalk.
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Here is the side and front of the Surfer hotel. It used to be painted white with blue trim. My Mom, my son, and I, used to stay here often when she was alive and after she died. It is also on the corner of the boardwalk and Pacific Street.
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Just to the north and east of the Surfer, are two sets of apartments, that are now olive green. When I was a kid, these were called the Denton apartments, and were painted white with red trim. I remember staying in this set of apartments on the second floor and can still remember the inside of it. My Mom had taken a photo of my brother, two other children from another family from our hometown, and me, when I was around 7. She actually kept the little t-shirt I was wearing in the photo and I still have it….all four of us sitting on the stairs. I don’t have that photo with me but when I do get a hold of it, I’ll add it to this post.
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So that’s a little trip down memory lane on a brisk and windy Dec. day! Thanks for joining me 🙂

Pacific Beach Sunset Dec. 28, 2014

I enjoy walking south on the Pacific beach/Mission Beach boardwalk then walking back north on the beach. I happened to time my walk today to catch the full sunset. So I decided to take a series of shots to show the various stages of the sunset. It is always fun to not only watch the sunset but also watch the folks lined up on the boardwalk and the beach. I love that people actually take the time to pay attention to the setting of the sun, watching in reverence as the day ends and moves into nighttime.

Hope you enjoy sharing these special moments with me!!!

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Christmas Decorations in San Diego

Last Sunday I needed to get out of the house so I headed first to Pacific Beach. On my walk I walked past this Santa under the pier, setting up his pictures with Santa space.

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On the way back, I noticed the tree set up at the end of the pier.
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After leaving the beach, I wasn’t ready to head home yet, so I headed for Balboa park. I had attempted to go to the Christmas Nights festival the Friday before, something I had wanted to do for years, but when I got there, parking seemed to be impossible and/or pricey, so I gave up and headed home that night. I figured there would still be Christmas decorations up though so I thought I’d just stay on this “hunting for Christmas decorations” quest.

The first decorations I noticed were this Santa, his sleigh and reindeer on the lawn approaching the fountain in front of the Museum of Modern Art.
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From there I headed over to the Globe theater and found the Dr. Seuss Christmas Tree.
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I had read about the Poinsettia display in the Botanical Garden and found several lovely displays throughout the building.
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After leaving the Botanical Garden building, I headed over to Spanish Village and all the artisan studios. Throughout the village there were artistic trees, unusual trees, and various displays.
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Throughout my time there, I took some breaks to get a snack and sit and eat it and read, then I’d walk around some more, then walked over near the playground to sit and read some more. It was a lovely sunny day and it felt great to be outside. Last time during the Christmas holiday, I was in Campo, CA and there were few Christmas decorations, so I am enjoying seeing Christmas lights and decorations in my neighborhood and all the places I go.

My last stop was at the Organ Pavilion, with an organ concert taking place. The stage was filled with a huge decorated Christmas tree.
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I hope you’ve enjoyed this Christmas in San Diego post. I’m sure there will be more before the month is over. I’m curious about how Old Town decorates for Christmas, wondering if the skeleton mannequins still remain prominent there or if that was just for around Halloween time.

Enjoy your holiday season and let the lights light up your heart and bring you peace!

Sunset Walk on Pacific Beach, San Diego, CA

Last night I went for a walk along Pacific and Mission Beach. I was so grateful to have timed my walk to include the sunset. Hope you enjoy the photos I took with my old school Samsung Gravity phone 🙂

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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:

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

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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

 

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

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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The Catamaran Resort Hotel and Spa, San Diego, CA

I came to San Diego often as a child, and we always stayed on the ocean side of either Pacific or Mission beach. My parents had some friends who stayed on the bay side and as a kid, I couldn’t figure out why anyone would want to stay on the bay side.  I was familiar with the Catamaran, as it was across the street and a block away from where I often stayed on the ocean side. So I decided it was time to visit the Catamaran and find out more about it and the bay side appeal.

As an adult, I can better appreciate the peace, tranquility and quiet slower pace of the bay side now, and yet, the Catamaran is not just for those who want to lay by the pool or on the beach next to the bay.  Yes, the resort offers that lush hidden feeling of being in a secluded jungle and yet it has it’s own restaurants, exercise room, spa, numerous water sport offerings and even a steam boat to board to listen to music, grab a drink and dance!, And, since it is located right on Mission Blvd. it is just across the street from the ocean,  walking distance to stores, and numerous restaurants and night clubs. These are a bay side photo of the resort and another photo of the entrance.

 

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The hotel and surrounding property were originally the summer estate of the Scripps family. and in 1958 William D. Evans bought it. He has remodeled it and added to it using Colonial Hawaiian architecture, materials from around the world, and art pieces especially from the South Pacific. There are more than 1000 species of plants and flowers, 100 varieties of palm trees, a Koi pond, 30 types of hibiscus flowers and exotic birds. The resort is even green certified!

There are 312 rooms, suites and deluxe studios, some with ocean and bay views, some with garden views. 151 of these are standard rooms, 110 are studios, and 51 are suites with full kitchens. These range in size from 329 sq ft to 604 sq. ft. The studios are 430 sq. ft and have kitchens, too. Prices range from $143.65 to $245.65 a night. Unlike most resorts there is no resort fee for internet, use of the pool, fitness center, etc.  Plus there is a complementary passage on the Bahia Belle historic river boat, with live music, cocktails and dancing, and a tour of the bay.  The Bahia Belle runs every night in the summer months and on Fri. , Sat. and Sunday during the fall and winter months. Here is a photo of the lobby and a bay view room.

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Like I mentioned earlier, there are many activities available at the resort. There is a business center,  fitness center,  outdoor whirlpool tub,  heated pool, video arcade and gift shop. During the summer there is a kids camp, live music, bird shows, and a Polynesian luau with music, food and entertainment.  Other activities offered are sailing, surfing lessons, biking, skating, water skiing,  wake surfing, kayaks, paddle boards, boogie boards, power boats, ski boats, segways, all available to rent right on the property. My favorite is the fun cats, which look like big lounge chairs but they are powered and you can just lounge and cruise the bay!  Chairs and umbrellas are also available for lounging on the beach.  You can also access the bay sidewalk and walk for miles. Photos are of the lounge chairs next to the whirlpool which is next to the spa. You can see the water sport rentals in the background. Also, photos of the pool, pier and beach chairs.

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As a long time holistic therapist I always enjoy seeing the spa, and the one at the Catamaran did not disappoint!  I loved the beautiful tiled floors, lovely cabinets, steam and dry sauna rooms, tranquility room, beautiful locker rooms and all the wonderful spa treatment offerings. The spa was built in 2005 and is 9300 sq. ft.  It has 10 individual treatment rooms, a ritual room for combination treatments, a Vichy shower room and a couples treatment room. The treatments all have marine and botanical elements.  There are skin and body treatments offered, along with a hair and nail spa. There are hydro therapies, scrubs, wraps, water therapies, and they all have a South Pacific or Asian influence.  There are monthly specials and locals are encouraged to come and partake in the spa, too. Along with a spa treatment, locals can enjoy the use of the pool and beach chairs, making a day of it.

During the summer, the pool bar and grill is open.  The Atoll restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and has a Sunday Champagne brunch.  Morays lounge has live music and offers a bar and food as well. This is a photo of the fire pit in the outside seating area of Moray’s lounge.

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The Catamaran is a lovely place for business meetings, weddings and other gatherings.  There are 14 function rooms available; 20,000 sq. ft. of contiguous space; and room for 30-450 guests.  In addition to the beach area and function rooms, you can even book one of the two 19th century 100 ft. Sternwheeler boats  and host up to 575 guests on it!

I am so glad that I took the time and had the opportunity to widen my views of the delights of staying on the bay.  You can find out more about the Catamaran on their website http://www.catamaranresort.com/san-diego-resorts/. 

Come and explore it for yourself!.

Photos are all courtesy of the  Catamaran Media relations manager.

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