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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.

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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!

20180129_134021-1.jpgSo if you’re going to be visiting San Diego, I suggest you check out Holly’s listing.  Her photos are much higher quality than mine, too:

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

 

 

 

 

More Balboa Park Sights!

During my time at Balboa Park a few weeks ago, I took some more photos of interesting and beautiful sights.

I loved these beautiful flowers at Alcazar Garden, which is next to the Mingei Museum. 

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All photos by Katelon T Jeffereys

This was amazing bark on a tropical palm tree, in the Botanical Building.

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This was a forest like stand of plants in the Botanical building.

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This beautiful blossom caught my eye.  It was on a plant next to the other two plant areas in the photos above.

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Thanks for reading and stopping by. Please leave a comment or a “like” and join in the fun! 

Love, katelon

 

Musicians at Old Town, San Diego, CA

I was in Old Town a week or so ago and saw these Musician sculptures in the patio at Bazaar Del Mundo.  If you are in San Diego, come check out Old Town, Bazaar Del Mundo and all the other historic and fun shops, restaurants, music and sights.

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All photos by Katelon T Jeffereys

Thanks for stopping by!  Leave a comment or a “like” and come back and visit again 🙂

 

Love, katelon

 

San Diego Tortoise Society

A few weeks ago I went to Balboa park, after a long absence.  There is a room that regularly holds flower shows on the weekend, so I headed over there.  I wandered into the San Diego Tortoise Society show. There were turtles, tortoises, ceramic objects shaped like turtles and tortoises, photos, t-shirts and breads shaped like Turtles and Tortoises.

Here are some photos:

Leopard Tortoise

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All photos by Katelon T Jeffereys

Green Turtle

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And three other photos of tortoises:

Hope you enjoyed this. Head over to Balboa Park. There is always so much to see and do, trails to walk, street musicians, museums, places to eat, outside art, cultural happenings, concerts and much more!  Thanks for reading!

Love, katelon

Summer Beauty!


Photo Taken by Katelon T Jeffereys

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

Dia de los Muertos at Old Town, San Diego

On November 2nd, I headed over to Old Town San Diego to walk around and take in the celebration of Dia de los Muertos. This celebration takes place on Nov. 1 and 2, and honors the deceased.  Some traditions believe that the veil is thinnest between the worlds during this time.  So this day is called The Day of the Dead.  Altars are placed around Old Town, some in front of stores, some in the plazas, some in restaurants, some inside the old historic buildings and one in the old cemetery. 

Here are some photos I took of various altars. You can click on a photo to enlarge it.

Here is one for Adam West, the TV Batman. All photos by Katelon T. Jeffereys.

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Here is one where visitors were invited to take a blank colored wooden stick and write the name of a deceased loved one and place it in the altar.

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Most altars included skulls, photos of loved ones, flowers, items that represented the deceased, and treats for the deceased.

Also, placed around Old Town were many elegantly attired skeletons.  Here is one lovely “lady”.

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There were several people there that would paint your whole face or half a face with the skull decoration.  Several groups were performing music and dances.  On the evening of the 2nd, there was a procession that visited several of the altars and ended at the cemetery.

Hope you enjoyed the little tour of Old Town.  Here is the website that lists events, history, and various businesses.    http://www.oldtownsandiego.org/

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More Whimsical Sculptures at the Sculpture Studio, Balboa Park.

In my visit to Balboa Park, in San Diego, CA, last week, I made my way to Spanish Village.  Spanish Village is designed to look like a little old village.  The pathway is paved with various bright colored stones.  There are studios of glass art, wood art, textiles, painting, jewelry, sculptures, gemstones and much much more.  I found these 3 whimsical sculptures.  Two of them are made to sit upon and there is a sign inviting you to have your picture taken in them and posted to a webpage.

The first one is a mermaid.  In the background you can see a bright metal woman and a few other sculptures.

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The next one is a mermaid chair you can sit upon. You can see a dog sculpture and a wooden female sculpture in the background.

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And lastly, here is bench that is a couple of wild west characters.

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If you’re in San Diego, come check out Balboa Park. Spanish Village is in the NE corner before you get to the Zoo.

Thanks for reading my blog!  If you enjoy it, please click “like”, share it, follow it and come back for more. Thanks for joining me on this visit to Balboa Park.

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