Rule Breaker

I couldn't help but notice this guy talking on his cell phone when the sign clearly reads to turn it off while on the court. I think it would be rather annoying to hear one of these hot shots at the La Jolla Tennis Club yacking it up on his cell while trying to concentate on my next ace.


Slippery When Wet

These are the steps at the end of the hike through The Torrey Pines State reserve that take you to the beach. They are always a welcomed site. We hike this often but never enough in my eyes. As I've stated before, this is my favorite place in the world.

Last summer, my best girlfriend took quite a fall on these steps as they are so slippery when wet. Her bum hurt for a week. I now proceed with caution instead of flying down them in anticipation of putting my toes in the water.

If you look really close you can see Jean Louis' head poking around the left corner; wondering what in the heck is taking me so long - did she fall? Thank God, I married a patient man!


Alone with the kids

There is something magical about seeing a Dad on the beach watching his kids...

Where's Mom? She's certainly missing this beautiful sunset! Let's hope she's somewhere enjoying herself as well.



Function: intransitive verb
Inflected Form(s):
frol·icked; frol·ick·ing
1 : to amuse oneself : make merry
2 : to play and run about happily


Sunset Approach

View of San Diego from my husband's cockpit. Not a bad way to end your day!


Members Only

Yesterday was the first outing of the Photography Club I joined through my work! I got to spend the morning with these fantastic guys (one being my hubby)at the San Elijo Lagoon. They are full of knowledge and a passion for photography so I'm sure to learn a lot.

We go out and shoot one Sunday morning a month somewhere in beautiful San Diego and the following Monday we will have Lightroom or Photoshop lessons after work. One of the gentlemen, Greg is very talented with HDR and digital painting which I am excited to learn.


The San Elijo Lagoon

Decimated and destroyed by development, more than 90% of all coastal wetlands in California are lost forever. Gone with them are recreational opportunities, habitat for endangered plants and animals, and free ecosystem services such as flood and erosion control.

The San Elijo Lagoon (pronounced san a-lay-hoe) is one of few remaining coastal wetlands of San Diego County and home to an exceptional number of animals and plants. It lies along the coast between the cities of Solana Beach and Encinitas of San Diego County, extending inland to Rancho Santa Fe. The lagoon is part of San Elijo Lagoon Ecological Reserve, a county and state regional park of nearly 1,000 acres of diverse habitat including six plant communties: coastal strand, salt marsh, brackish/freshwater marsh, riparian scrub, coastal sage scrub and mixed chaparral. In the reserve you can access over seven miles of trails via eight trailheads and encounter a wide variety of flora and fauna. (info from www.sanelijo.org)



I love to watch these sign flippers and this one in particular. I've signed up for the Breast Cancer 3 day for my second year! I did it alone in 2008 but this year, I have a team of three - all walking in honor of my Aunt who is a Breast Cancer survivor.

It was the most amazing experience of my life. 60 miles - 3 days.



This picture was taken by my husband at the French Valley airport. He dreams of getting a sea-plane rating. Will the plane be ready in time??


The Ride

She rides life's carousel...
Muscially circling
Thru' glittering moments,
Ups and downs,
Blessings and heartaches.
The Carousel forever plays
Over and over in her mind
As she matures...
Life dances in her head
Taking her where? She does not know...
Filled with expectations,
Life's Carousel grinds forward…
Nothing but the ride,
Nothing but time, she thinks,
Yes, time, endless time.
She dreams of riding theCarousel forever...
The ponies of all colors.
Tightly she holds the reigns
Riding to the top,
She sees the 'gold ring'
Gleaming in the light.
With a swoop,
The pony rises
And the gold ring is hers.
Glorious was the ride!
She wouldn't have missed it…
The music, the circle of life,
And reward at the end.
Her life was the ride!
She had the thrill of all rides
The rush of life
Filled her veins,
Her very soul...
When it ended, she wanted more!
Life is magical, a musical ride.
A ride to be remembered,
To be cherished
As one reaches for the 'gold ring',
And finds their reward in Heaven.

By B.C. Pike


Bikini Volley

These volleyball players at Mission Beach ignored the chilly weather and volleyed in their bikinis.


Solar America Cities

Through the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar America Cities partnership, a select group of U.S. cities is working to accelerate the adoption of solar energy technologies for a cleaner, more secure energy future. These Solar America City partnerships include the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), national laboratories, 25 cities across the United States, and a variety of municipal, county, and state agencies, universities, solar companies, utilities, developers, and non-profit organizations. These partners have made a commitment to power their municipalities with clean, safe, reliable energy—solar energy.

San Diego is California’s second largest city, and the eighth largest in the nation. The city has experienced rapid growth, which has led to a significant increase in the city’s energy demand. San Diego’s Solar America Cities project aims to improve the sustainability of the region by building an energy infrastructure that is diversified, reliable, and as self-contained as possible. Solar energy offers these attributes, and San Diego’s climate makes it well suited for extensive solar power development.

Even with the global financial crisis, industry analysts predict the solar market will expand dramatically in the next decade and generate hundreds of thousands of “greentech” jobs nationwide. The growth will be fueled by government mandates for utilities to use low-polluting sources of energy by innovative financing for buying solar power systems and by a projected boom in the availability of solar panels.

Project Description

San Diego will provide a blueprint for the nation through its “Sustainable Energy 2050 Plan,” which will create an energy infrastructure capable of supporting the region on a sustainable path. Where appropriate, San Diego will work in partnership with local, state, and federal representatives to realize its plan. In this project, San Diego is addressing key issues necessary for a sustainable solar infrastructure, including tariffs, data management, expedited permitting, strengthened private-sector involvement, training and technical expertise, and long-term implementation.


Holy Glass

I went to a baby baptism yesterday at St. Mary Magdalen Catholic Church. It was beautiful. I always love the stained glass in churches.


I'm lucky I'm in love with my best friend

Thank you God for bringing him to me. Thank you for that chance meeting in Paris 10 years ago that sealed our fate. Merci mon amour for waiting and for crossing the deep blue ocean pour moi. I'm lucky (BLESSED) to be in love with my best friend.


Belmont Park Roller Coaster

As I mentioned in yesterday's post, the roller coaster at Belmont Park has been around a long time and anyone growing up in San Diego will have happy memories of riding it. Our neighbor friend's father work at this park so many times we would get special bracelets that allowed us to ride as many rides in a day as we wanted. My sister would take advantage of this and ride the roller coaster over and over again. I was not as tough - once was my limit.


The Belmont Park Roller Coaster is the oldest operating wooden roller coaster in America, and one of two remaining wooden coasters still operating on the West Coast.

The Giant Dipper Roller Coaster opened to the public on July 4, 1925. It was originally built as a key attraction for the 33-acre Mission Beach Amusement Center, which had opened just a few weeks earlier.

The entire project was the idea of sugar magnate, John D. Spreckels, a major force in San Diego's development. The 2600 ft. long coaster was created by the noted design team of Prior and Church. It was built in less than two months by local suppliers and a crew of between 100 and 150 workers. The original cost to build the coaster was $150,000.00, including the two, 18 passenger trains. (info from http://www.giantdipper.com/)


The boardwalk - Mission Beach

Mission Beach is the center of a continuous stretch of beach which continues over two miles, beginning at the Mission Bay channel entrance and ending at the north end of Pacific Beach. This stretch is the most popular beach area in San Diego and draws huge crowds in the summer.

A cement boardwalk parallels the entire beach. In the summer, bikini clad girls and shirtless boys frequent this boardwalk on roller blades and beach cruisers (bicycles).

Prior to the the recent no-smoking/drinking law, this was a popular hangout for the party crowd. Some say that more families are returning due to this change.

Bathing suit - surf shops, restaurants, and beach rental outfits surround the Mission Beach lifeguard station at the foot of Ventura Street beside the landmark roller coaster. I grew up in San Diego and spent many weekends on the famous wooden roller coaster. I'll show you pictures of it tomorrow.



I came across a T-shirt stand at Mission Beach's Belmont Park. Which one is your favorite?



The lifegaurd towers at Mission Beach are taking a well deserved vacation.


Simple Sunday

I took a long walk around Mission Bay and Mission Beach today with my husband. There were big threatening clouds which kept most people away. This is one of my favorite things to do on Sundays; simple walks with my guy.

I hope you all had a lovely weekend - I sure did.


I want to boogie!

I saw this young man comprising whether or not to get back into the cold water and catch one last wave before the sun set. Ah to be young again! I have a few boogie boards in my garage just waiting for me to ride. I can't wait! I am determined to use them this summer - when the water warms up a bit!

How to Boogie Board

1) Buy a boogie board. You will want a boogie board with a strap to wrap around your wrist so you don't lose it. Depending on your height, for the best results, your board should come down to about where your knees are when the top is level to your head (the smaller the boogieboard the more you will be able to turn though).

2) Get up to your waist in water. You will want to be in water where there are waves. Getting yourself in water where there is no waves will make it impossible to use your boogie board.
Be ready with your board laying flat on your belly, with your hands a couple inches down on the side and from the top, your shoulders parallel to your hands, and your elbows bent and resting close to the outer edge.

3) Right before the wave crashes, push off the ground (if you choose to stand in the water), and start kicking rapidly with your feet and you can use your hands as well.

Hold on tight!!


The Birds!

I took this picture outside my office in La Jolla where crows have taken over. As I made my way to my car, they were everywhere. Seeing them in mass reminded me of Alfred Hitchcock's movie, The Birds. It was a little unsettling. They are huge and don't seem to be too intimidated by humans. They remind me of big rats with wings. They are messy scavengers and nest robbers - don't like them one bit (can't you tell?).


Ranger George

As we were taking in the beauty of Broken Hill, I heard a friendly voice behind me, "What a beautiful day!". There stood smiling Park Ranger, George Gonzalez. Ranger Gonzales proceeded to educate us on the the history of Torrey Pines. We were given the most informative private lecture at my favorite spot in San Diego! What a treat it was.

California State Park Rangers are fully sworn Peace Officers who perform a wide variety of law enforcement activities. Duties include interpretation of natural, historic and cultural resources, resource protection, park management, and patrol.

I want his job!

California State Parks contains the largest and most diverse natural and cultural heritage holdings of any state agency in the nation. State park units include underwater preserves, reserves, and parks; redwood, rhododendron, and wildlife reserves; state beaches, recreation areas, wilderness areas, and reservoirs; state historic parks, historic homes, Spanish era adobe buildings, including museums, visitor centers, cultural reserves, and preserves; as well as lighthouses, ghost towns, waterslides, conference centers, and off-highway vehicle parks. These parks protect and preserve an unparalleled collection of culturally and environmentally sensitive structures and habitats, threatened plant and animal species, ancient Native American sites, historic structures and artifacts . . . the best of California's natural and cultural history.

Responsible for almost one-third of California's scenic coastline, California State Parks manages the state's finest coastal wetlands, estuaries, beaches, and dune systems. Our workplace consists of nearly 1.4 million acres, with over 280 miles of coastline; 625 miles of lake and river frontage; nearly 15,000 campsites; and 3,000 miles of hiking, biking, and equestrian trails. (www.http://www.parks.ca.gov)


Flat Rock

Flat Rock
Torrey Pines Beach - San Diego, California


Broken Hill

I had the pleasure of hiking the hills of Torrey Pines State Park with my husband, Jean Louis over the weekend. Broken Hill is a fabulous lookout point. The orange/rust colored terrain is beautiful against the blue of the Pacific Ocean.


Hot Rods! Then and Now

Jan 9, 09 thru Mar 25, 09 San Diego Automotive Museum

A true adventure trip down memory lane. Cars have been souped up since the very beginning, and the hot rod era produced some of the most iconic cars of all time.

What is a hot rod?

The definition depends on who you ask. One point of view is, a Hot Rod is any car that was built before 1949 and modified for speed. The point was to go fast and looks were secondary.

For the complete Hot Rod Story click here.