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Don’t be cruel to your family pet

Out & About San Diego

Near one of the places where I go walking quite often is a colony of feral cats. During bad economies, the colony grows because people who can no longer afford to feed or care for their cats drop them off at the mouth of the San Diego River where this feral colony lives.

During one visit in 2009 I counted 187 cats. This morning I counted only six, and not a single one was photogenic. Thus, I returned home with not a single new picture of a fine, furry, feline friend.

Not to fear, though, because I have many pictures from past visits, and I’ll share eight of my favorites with you today.

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2Feral cat in San Diego, California

 

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5Feral cat in San Diego, California

 

6Feral cat in San Diego, California

 

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8Feral cat in San Diego, California

 

Remember, folks, if you don’t want your family dog or cat, or can no longer take care of it, please take it to a no-kill animal shelter rather than dropping it off in an isolated location. That’s just plain cruel.

If you have an unusual pet—snake, bird, lizard, etc.—take it to a pet store. Many of them will buy your pet from you or take it in on consignment, providing you with a commission when it sells.

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Brand new, but no one can drive it

Picture of the Moment

I went down to the Festival of Sail early this morning, but it was foggy and overcast so I didn’t stay long. Really, after 21½ years in San Diego, I should know not to go downtown before about noon after the sun has burned the fog and marine layer away. Will I never learn?

In addition to all of the tall ships that were in port, they were having a sand-sculpting contest down by the Cruise Ship Terminal. Here’s my favorite sand sculpture from the day:

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They win points from me for putting real tires and lights on the sand sculpture, as well as parking the model vehicle right next to it.

Now I’m sad and depressed thinking about the only thing I could ever do with sand, which was to bury myself in it.

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Friday Flower Fiesta (8-29-14)

Friday Flower Fiesta

It’s Friday again…. Where does the time go…. School has started…. My Texas A&M Aggies, ranked #21, destroyed #9 South Carolina 52-48 on the football field in South Carolina…. Christmas is just around the corner…. So onward to today’s Friday Flower Fiesta….

#1
Pink hibiscus

#2
Yellow and red hisiscus #3
Orange double hibiscus

#4
Unknown yellow flower

#5
Foxglove

The first three flowers are hibiscus, and #5 is a foxglove, but if anyone knows what #4 is, please let me know!

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Exterior home decorations of the extraordinarily wealthy

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It’s no secret to Southern Californians that Newport Beach—all of Orange County, really—is an enclave of fairly wealthy people. That fact seems ironic considering that Orange County filed for bankruptcy in 1994, taking two years to get its affairs back in order. Nonetheless, all one has to do is walk through some Newport Beach neighborhoods to see that it’s not your average city. Along with many large, magnificent, and beautiful homes….

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…the little things indicate that these people have a little extra disposable income. Witness the addresses on their homes:

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Once they finish the beautiful address markers, many include extra decorative ornamentation….

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Some of them even decorate their mailboxes. Don’t want any ugly black or gray things hanging on fences or walls.

Newport Beach, California

I don’t have access to public real estate records for Orange County like I do San Diego County, so I couldn’t check addresses to determine which was the biggest house I saw. However, I’m pretty sure this one was at or near the top:

Newport Beach, California

At first I thought it was a beach hotel since the beach is pretty much where I was standing to take the picture. However, I walked around it several times and came to the conclusion that it was, indeed, a single family home.

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2014 Festival of Sail is here!

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The San Diego Festival of Sail officially starts tomorrow and runs through Labor Day!

However, today from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. is the Festival of Sail Tall Ships Parade, always led by the Californian, the official tall ship of the State of California, based right here in San Diego.

The Californian, official tall ship of the State of California

The Californian, official tall ship of the State of California

Here are some pictures of tall ships from Tall Ship Parades in years gone by:

Tall Ship Parade at San Diego Festival of Sail

Tall Ship Parade at San Diego Festival of Sail

Tall ships in San Diego for the Festival of Sail

Tall Ship Parade at San Diego Festival of Sail

Tall ship in San Diego

Tall ship at the 2012 Festival of Sail, San Diego

The Festival of Sail is the largest tall ship festival on the west coast and is hosted at the Maritime Museum of San Diego. Labor Day weekend in downtown San Diego is transformed into a nautical theme park for four days.

Admission is only $7 for adults.

Open 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Friday through Sunday, and 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Monday.

For more information, go to Festival of Sail.

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Anza-Borrego Desert State Park in Southern California

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Even though San Diego technically is a desert, it’s hard for me to consider a city and suburbs of two million people a desert.

To me, a desert lacks people (for the most part) and has lots of sand, cactus, and blue sky.

Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, California’s largest state park, is a great example.

It comprises 600,000 acres, including one-fifth of San Diego County, and is the the second-largest state park in the United States, behind Adirondack Park in New York.

Anza-Borrego State Park in California

Anza-Borrego State Park in California

Anza-Borrego State Park in California

Anza-Borrego State Park in California

Anza-Borrego Desert State Park includes 500 miles of dirt roads, twelve designated wilderness areas, and 110 miles of hiking trails.

Desert Bighorn Sheep at the San Diego ZooThere is a fairly large population of desert bighorn sheep in the desert, so if you see a rock move, look more closely and you might be able to determine that it’s a bighorn sheep instead of a big rock.

It can get extremely hot in the desert, and flash floods are common, so if you go, be sure to take lots of water, keep an eye on the weather (it can change rapidly), and let family and friends know where you plan on going and when you plan on being there.

There are WiFi hot spots in some areas of the desert, but take extra batteries for your phone or laptop. Stop and take pictures, too, because the desert really can be more beautiful than it’s made out to be.

Anza-Borrego Desert State Park location on Google Maps

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Historic Goldenrod Footbridge in Newport Beach, California

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Before I went to Newport Beach a couple of weeks ago, I got out all my travel books to plan my attack for seeing as much as possible in a short time frame.

One of the things that was going to be close to where I was going to be was the Goldenrod Footbridge. Looks like this:

Goldenrod Footbridge Newport Beach California

The plaque on the right post tells us just everything that average person wants to know:

Goldenrod Footbridge Newport Beach California

Of course, you know that I’m not average….

Sadly, the only other information I could dredge up on the bridge is that it underwent seismic upgrades in 2011 to ensure that it could withstand a “large seismic event.” While original construction costs amounted to $10,884, the seismic retrofitting cost $140,000.

Goldenrod Footbridge Newport Beach California

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Goldenrod Footbridge Newport Beach California

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Bayside Drive Park, Newport Beach, California

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