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Oct 10, 2016 - La Jolla Cove

In the morning, Ann and I went accross the street to grab a coffee and then went back to enjoy some time at the condo's pool. Around 10:30 we went up and met Bob to plan the day. Sadly, Lisa had to work today. We left at 11:00 and headed to La Jolla Cove to see the sea lions. Another beautiful area and it was amazing how close we could get to the sea lions...even very close to a pup. Really cool area to visit but can't put in words the smell from the marine life. We then headed to Torry Pines around 1:00pm

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San Diego 2016

Jan 31, 2016 - Power of the surf-exhilarating!!!

Today in San Diego it is raining and very windy. After church we drove over to the coast to check out the Pacific Ocean and the surf. The waves were crashing against the shore! We drove north along the water through Mission Beach towards La Jolla Cove.We passed rocky cliffs,sandy beaches,reefs and groups of seals taking refuge from the churning waters. There were many breathtaking views along the way and you could feel the spray from the surf! We then drove up to Mount Soledad & Veterans Memorial.At the top of the Mount-822 feet above sea...

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Mar 21, 2014 - Santa Barbara Bound

Having grown up on Puget Sound, spending time on the Oregon Coast, and having lived on the Maine Coast for 37 years, we need an "ocean fix" from time-to-time. The AZ sunshine is great and there are some pretty lakes in AZ, but it's not the ocean! So we have loaded Black Beauty to capacity, outfitted Miss Daisy's backseat sleeping chamber, stocked our new (light weight) cooler with food from the frig....and we are on the road again, this outing to end in Santa Barbara for about 12 days. East-to-west traffic across Phoenix was awful (as...

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Apr 9, 2013 - Balboa Park

We spent our last day in San Diego walking the gardens of Balboa Park. The 1400-acre park was established in 1868, when the first tree and shrub plantings were made on the west mesa. Renamed in 1910 after the Spanish explorer, Vasco Balboa, the park has grown to include 15 large museums and about 10 public gardens. Two major expositions have been held here (i.e., the 1915 Panama-California Exposition and the 1935 California-Pacific Exposition), both of which brought new buildings and new landscaping to the park. The architecture is Spanish...

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Apr 8, 2013 - Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institute

We started our day with lunch at Brockton Villa in La Jolla, which is known for its food, view of the ocean, and its collection of abalone shells. On the Register of Historic Buildings, Brockton provided us with a good lunch of fresh oysters and sliders. Then it was on to Birch Aquarium, which is high on a bluff above the Pacific. The aquarium is part of the Scripps Institute, which is well known for its oceanographic research. The aquarium is a wonderful place, with a nice mix of displays of interest to adults and "hands-on" experiences...

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Apr 6, 2013 - California Friends

Part of our reason for visiting La Jolla was to touch base with two friends of long-standing (note I did not say "old friends"). The first is Sue Rosner, who was my Academic Adviser during our Ph.D. years at the University of Iowa. Her patience and diligence as my mentor was without bounds. The second is Amy Kloner, my third Ph.D. student at the University of Maine. Amy's patience and diligence working with me ("No Amy, you cannot spell 'judgment' with an 'e') was also without bounds. On successive nights, we had dinner with first Sue and...

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Apr 5, 2013 - San Diego Zoo

We spent the day at the San Diego Zoo, which I had never visited before. What a great place! Every sort of animal is in residence and on display. Some, like the polar bears, almost seem to be "performing" for visitors. Kalluk, the male polar bear, continually dove into and climbed out of his icy water hole, much to the delight of his audience. As you may know, the San Diego Zoo is huge, but tramways and buses make getting around easier. We saw both the koalas and the pandas, which currently provide the most popular exhibits. Many animals...

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Apr 4, 2013 - La Jolla Ocean Walk

On our first full day in La Jolla, we stocked up on groceries, then spent the afternoon doing a wonderful walk along the Pacific. Called Ocean Walk, a sidewalk/trail/boardwalk skirts the Coastal Boulevard, high on cliffs above sandy beaches and rock outcroppings. It's a beautiful walk, without question. Surfers were everywhere. Artists were perched on the cliffs or rocks, hard at work. Ice Plant and other spring flowers were in bloom. There is a small cove filled with seals sunning themselves on the beach. The trail goes for about two...

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Apr 3, 2013 - California Bound

We decided that an ocean fix was in order as the days warm in Fountain Hills. So we headed out for a week in San Diego, having rented a small cottage near the beach in La Jolla. We took a southern route across AZ, passing through Yuma and then skirting the border with Mexico for part of the trek across California. Can't say that southwestern AZ is the most scenic part of the state; but the highway is good and there is little traffic. Fountain Hills to San Diego is about 5++ hours, and we did pass through a pretty mountain range as we...

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Mar 10, 2013 - ZOO & AQUARIUM

we spent today at the San Diego ZOO. Amazing place . Every kind of animal imaginable. So many that we never seen or even heard of. AN ANIMAL THAT LOOKS LIKE BACK HALF ZEBRA AND FRONT HALF MULE. KOALA BEARS, PANDA'S,CAMELS AND EVERYTHING ELSE YOU HAVE EVERY SEEN IN BOOKS OR ON TV. All in great natural settings.Walked miles, took the bus tour and the overhead cable car. left there mid afternoon and drove short distance to Birch Aquarium, at SCRIPPS INSTITUTE OF OCEANOGRAPHY. All kinds of fish and sea creatures. Octopus, sea horses, sharks and...

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Sep 27, 2012 - Scripps Oceanographic Institute

Today’s adventure was to visit the aquarium at Scripps Oceanographic Institute at University of California – San Diego. Along time ago, I wanted to be a marine biologist and one of the places I wanted to go was Scripps, so nearly 50 years later I finally got my opportunity to be on the campus. The Birch Aquarium is on top of a hill overlooking the Institute and the ocean and is the interpretive center for the oceanographic research conducted at Scripps. It’s not a huge aquarium like maybe Monterrey or Steiner in San Francisco, but it’s well...

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Apr 12, 2012 - La Jolla & San Diego

Today was one of those "wowser" days. We drove about 170 miles to La Jolla and San Diego. We wanted Cecil and Glenda to see this beautiful area. We got up early and went to Cracker Barrel for breakfast before our drive. We arrived in La Jolla at around 11 A.M. We took them on a four hour tour of some of our favorite places. Our first stop was La Jolla Beach. The seals were all over the beach and the rocks, it was awesome. La Jolla means "The Jewel," in Spanish, and it is a jewel. After La Jolla, we drove over to see the Cabrillo National...

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