Thursday, October 31, 2013

San Dieguito County Park

I found a local county park to visit.
It had trails and lots to see!

I hiked out to a viewpoint.

I crossed two bridges...


..and stayed on the trail.
I was rewarded with amazing views!



After enjoying the view,
I headed back to the parking lot.


Then, my person took me to a place that she called "special".
She said that this little house is the Girl Scout house.
She attended meetings there as a young Girl Scout
and then became a leader to a troop that met here.
Now, there is a little garden with a flag pole for proper flag ceremonies
and a bridge for bridging ceremonies.

I can see why San Dieguito Park is another special place in San Diego.

Del Mar

Today I explored a little further out,
and found a park overlooking the beach in
old Del Mar.

I am coming to love the ocean and these views!
We rode the Coaster commuter train on these very
tracks just a few days ago!

I watched a few surfers out on the ocean.
One stood on his board and had a paddle!

This is a really nice park for watching the ocean
without getting sandy!
I wish I could take the smell of the ocean breeze home with me!

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

San Diego Sunset

When I heard that I would be able to watch the sunset over the ocean,
I put it on my "must do" list!
See, where I live in New Mexico, the sunset is backwards.
We are facing the east, so I can watch the sunrise over the mountains,
but the sunset is behind is us.
I watch the sunset by the reds it casts on the mountains,
which is how the local mountain range became known
as the Sandia ("watermelon") Mountain.
I set off well before sunset to make sure I had the best opportunity
to watch an actual sunset!

I found some fall trees on our walk!
I think these are the first deciduous trees I have seen here.


Then I saw a spider web!
Do you think it is getting ready for Halloween?
I also saw a beautiful tropical flower...

...and a jack o' lantern!

The ocean was stunning and peaceful in the distance.

Then, I waited.


I watched the sun set into clouds low along the horizon.
Wow! Can we do that again?


Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Finding Fall in San Diego

The weather has been "overcast" since we arrived.
The weather reports threatened rain,
and my person decided to hang out with these people called
That has left me exploring the house and the yard.

Fortunately, there is some interesting stuff here.
It reminds me of an antique shop.

Today, we called the weather reporter's bluff,
and finally got out to see San Diego.
We rode the commuter train to San Diego Old Town.
It has a lot of Spanish history!
The Casa de Estudillo
is the old California mission style home
for the Estudillo family.
It is now a museum preserving California's history.


The family altar was set up to celebrate the Day of the Dead,
which occurs on November 1st and 2nd.

The other inside rooms reflect the life of an affluent family
in early California.


I bet a little girl once lived in this room!



The Spanish styles in California
look a lot like the Spanish styles in New Mexico!
People back then traveled by horse and wagon.
It must have been a mighty slow way to get around!
I was thrilled to find that someone around here
had finally decorated for fall!
Some traditional decorations were set outside the old hotel.
Then, a nice lady invited us in to see the altar
for the Day of the Dead;
dedicated to one of the original owner's daughters,
featured on the altar in a small black and white photo.

This person sized skeleton was outside of the hotel
with a skeleton friend.

Then I started to notice a theme....
And I started to wonder if each altar
scattered around Old Town was for an individual
who was a part of San Diego's history.
Pretty soon, it was time for lunch in a small plaza.



I found more fall photo opportunities with the scarecrows and fall foliage.

There were wagons, carts and buggies around Old Town.
Want a ride?

 No, thanks!
I'll think I'll finish my tour on foot!


I was happy to see that San Diego had found something
about fall to celebrate.
It made me think about history, and the people who had made it.
Is it with reverence they remember the people who made history in San Diego
or, is it just a commercial venture for Old Town
to celebrate El Dia de Los Muertos?