Category Archives: Out & About

La Jolla panorama at low tide

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When you come to the San Diego area, check out the low tide tables and then make sure that you visit La Jolla.

The place is beautiful anytime but even more so at low tide.

Here’s an example, which you can click on to get a monster version:

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I know where you’ve been and what you like!

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Many decades ago, the summer after high school, two friends—Larry and Jaime—and I took a 3-month tour of the land west of the Mississippi River.

We stopped at the Royal Gorge in Colorado, parked in the lot, and toured the Royal Gorge.

When we got back to the car, there was a Royal Gorge bumper sticker on Larry’s brand new 1973 Buick Apollo. Larry was furious. Since the bumper sticker was new, Larry was successful at removing it.

We stopped by the Royal Gorge headquarters on the way out and Larry gave them a piece of his mind about putting bumper stickers on cars without asking permission.

I have never had bumper stickers on my cars, and the only window stickers I have allowed are Texas A&M University stickers and parking permit stickers.

There are people who have so many stickers on their cars that I’m pretty sure the stickers are what’s holding the car together. It’s kind of fun to read them, though, because you know exactly where they live, where they have traveled, their political preferences, and sometimes much more. Here’s one that I saw recently in Ocean Beach:

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They obviously like Hodad’s, a cool burger joint that I like, too.

Ocean Beach is one of those neighborhoods where the bumper sticker mentality sometimes creeps into the yards, such as this house:

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I can tell that they like to hang out in Ocean Beach on Sunset Cliffs (beautiful homes with an ocean view), Dog Beach (I’m betting they have a dog), and Newport Avenue (main drag).

They also like to eat at Hodad’s, Pizza Port, and Lucy’s Tavern, all in Ocean Beach.

Considering all the chairs in their front yard, and the little sign that says “Come on in. Leave tracks.” they might never have a need to leave Ocean Beach!

And that very much is the prevailing attitude of Ocean Beach residents—If they never had to leave their little piece of paradise, they wouldn’t.

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Ocean Beach

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My Canon camera is never disappointed in Ocean Beach

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It’s no secret that one of the most eclectic neighborhoods in San Diego County is the City of San Diego neighborhood of Ocean Beach.

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As I was driving around Ocean Beach taking pictures of the rain this past weekend, I also was noticing business signage, something I’ve never done before during the daytime.

Ocean Beach never fails to disappoint my Canon camera, which then makes it so much more fun to play around in Photoshop.

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Sadly, she sits on dry land

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Imagine living in an area that has been a navy stronghold for a century.

Imagine living in an area that has one of the world’s largest maritime museums.

Imagine living in an area where big boats are built, big boats like cruise ships, battleships, aircraft carriers.

Imagine living in an area where the first ship visited the current west coast of the United States back in 1542.

You’re in San Diego!

Now imagine that maritime museum (Maritime Museum of San Diego) building a full-size replica of that first ship, the San Salvador. Looks like this:

San Salvador

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Now imagine a sixteenth century ship being built in the 21st century with 21st century technology that is unable to move the ship from drydock to the water.

You’re still in San Diego!

The San Salvador was supposed to be launched on April 19, 2015. Just a couple of days earlier one of the engineers determined that the ship was about 20 tons heavier than predicted.

Sadly, the San Salvador still it sits on dry land at the build site.

Activity dedicated to getting it into the water increased significantly the past two days. San Diego can build aircraft carriers but doesn’t have any cranes that can handle this weight. The closest crane is in Los Angeles, and apparently the folks up there want too much money to come help.

Sadly, the San Salvador continues to sit on dry land.

Tugboat bargeThis morning’s activity, which began at 5:00 a.m., was dedicated to getting the San Salvador onto a tugboat barge (picture ►), off to Chula Vista for leak testing, and then into the water within the next few days.

Sadly, the San Salvador continues to sit on dry land.

The deck of the tugboat barge sits higher than drydock, so there must be a low tide of a certain height in order to get the San Salvador onto the barge. Today at 7:00 a.m. was one of those low tides, with a window up to about 10:00 a.m.

I arrived at 4:30 this morning. At 10:19 a.m. with two words, “Not today,” they informed the crowd that the San Salvador wasn’t moving today. That was it.

Sadly, the San Salvador still sits in drydock….

The next appropriate low tide is two weeks away, sadly.

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Worst. Weekend. Ever.

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This past weekend was my worst weekend ever since I arrived in San Diego on April 27, 1993.

Two consecutive days of rain.

Hard rain.

Lasting for hours and hours.

Two wettest July days in San Diego ever in history.

Making it the wettest July in San Diego ever in history.

The San Diego Padres, who claim to be a professional baseball team (current record 43-49, 9½ games out of first, but on a 4-game winning streak), first time ever in history rained out in July. It was their first rainout since April 4, 2006, and only the seventeenth rainout in their 47-year history.

Long-time readers know that one of the best places to go in San Diego when it’s raining is Ocean Beach.

Here are four pictures taken during the rain, thunder, lightning, and high winds:

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I stayed until dusk when lights started coming on, and as I was walking back to the car, I saw this business sign:

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I guess the only thing to say is, “Bless you!”

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#1 on my list

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The Top 3 on my list of favorite birds is (1) Flamingo, (2) Pelican, and (3) Hummingbird.

We have pelicans and hummingbirds here in San Diego.

Lots of them.

No wild flamingos though.

Fortunately, the Zoo, Safari Park, and SeaWorld have thriving colonies of Flamingos, and if one goes on a regular basis, one can watch the adults build nests, lay eggs, care for the eggs, care for the chicks…. the whole family thing from beginning to end.

Well, actually, I have never seen the end, but everything else is a lot of fun to watch.

Here are five Photographic Art stamps of flamingos, nests, egg, and a chick from a visit to the Zoo a couple of weeks ago:

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Flamingos at the San Diego Zoo

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FUN FACT
The world’s oldest flamingo,
a resident of the Adelaide Zoo in Australia,
died at the age of 83 in January 2014.

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They’re everywhere!

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I have heard that there are some neighborhoods that have quite a few cats.

I think I was in one of them today for a home inspection.

Four cats in 2½ hours.

Only one had a collar on.

Zoey spent the next hour sniffing me, my clothes, and my bag of home inspection tools.

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