29 June 2010

Off to the Fair ....

Last Saturday Mike & I went off the explore the San Diego Fair & International Beer Festival.  

The San Diego fairgrounds are located in Del Mar and is a tradition state fair complete with animals, rides and of course ... Food!

The Beer Festival featured many different brewery's from around the world.  

And too many strange brews to choose from ...  too many!  

I love beer and I am an IPA beer drinker - the more bitter & hoppy the better.  

My philosophy on beer drinking (and much of life) is 'if it ain't broke don't fix it '.  I pretty much stick to what I love ...

Mike's beer palette is quite a bit more sophisticated and adventurous than mine and he loved trying all the weird blends from around the world.

Some were very good and some, well, I won't mention any names but some were, in my opinion,  just plain yucky. 

Here's a look at what else we saw ....

Apparently, Roller Derby is a popular sport around here and there was a competition happening right beside the beer festival.  The San Diego Roller Dolls one of the local teams ... not sure if that was the team I was watching warm up when I snapped this photo...

We viewed all the 4-H animals. 

- sleepy time - 

- A combination Scooter & Bike -

and met the McButter's  ....

- Butter Art -

This display is completely carved out of butter ... Weird

And speaking of butter ....

Apparently, in San Diego 'Deep Fried' is one of the food groups.

I admit that I haven't been to the fair, any fair,  in quite a few years so maybe all this strange fair-food is the norm across the US and Canada.

but I found some of it quite strange ...

 You've heard of 'Corn Dogs' and now you've seen 'Corn Hogs' ...

And we checked out the rides ...

I tried to talk Mike into going on this ride but he wouldn't go unless I went with him  ...

Hum, being flung into orbit in this contraption - 

Ya, not really my thing.  

Mike said he is not going to the fair again until he can go with someone who will ride on the big toys with him ... 

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25 June 2010

Indecision ...

So here's the Long & Short of it ...

I am living beside the ocean but drowning in a sea of indecision.

Should I leave my hair long and wear it constantly in a pony tail ...
or get it all cut off?

 I have always had a very dysfunctional relationship with my hair.

It has never been my friend, in fact it's my constant enemy
- we are always engaged in a battle -

It's either: too thick, too mousy brown, too cow-licky, too hot, too tangley, too frizzy, too unmanageable, too dry,  or ...

too long or too short

Right  now it's too long, too hot and spending all it's time up in a messy pony.

I hate my hair when it's too long ...

but then again
I hate my hair when it's ...
too short and ...
I can't put it up into a messy pony.

Sounds simple - right!

Just cut it off 
I've had my hair cut so many times
and more often than not ...
it ends up too short!

Here in lies my dilemma ...

Cut it or Leave it alone?

'Indecision may or may not be the problem."
- Jimmy Buffet -

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22 June 2010

Walkabout No. 33 ...

Walkabout No. 33 - Torrey Pines

- Torrey Pine -

On Sunday, for Father's Day, I decided to take Mike outside and enjoy some of the endless sunshine that makes San Diego famous.  

We headed over to the Torrey Pines State Reserve which is located very near our house between La Jolla and Del Mar.

I was very interested in seeing the Torrey Pines because I had read a bit of information about them earlier in the week.

'Torrey pine trees are the rarest native pines in the United States. If you take the Torrey pine growing in one small grove on Santa Rosa Island as being distinct, that tree could possibly be the rarest pine of all.'

First we explored the Lodge which now houses the Visitor Center / Ranger Station.

The Torrey Pines Lodge was built in 1922 by Ellen Browning Scripps (who apparently built about half of San Diego) and was then used as a restaurant and rest area.

If you would like to read more about this fascinating woman just click on her name above.

It was a beautiful sunny day and while the park was not empty it was not crowded either.

I think that is one of things about San Diego that Mike & I marvel about the most - how 'uncrowded' it is around here.

The beaches, parks, baseball game (we parked right beside the ballpark for only $10), the roads or the freeways (although there is some crowding at rush-hour it doesn't seem half as bad as Seattle traffic).

And I must say, that after a month of living here, we are getting a little better about 'dressing for the weather' than we were at the beginning of this adventure ...  

This is what we've learned so far:
(don't bother checking the weather by looking out the window ... it's always sunny in San Diego)
  • 95% of the time  - T-shirt & shorts
  • 3% of the time - long sleeves & shorts or pants
  • 2% of the time .... grab a hoodie just in case
  • And, if you are going near the water throw a hoodie in the car ... just in case
  • Also, if your outing will possibly spill into the evening - bring a hoodie or sweater

We puttered through the Lodge and then went on the Discovery Walk which is an interpretive walk through the park around the Lodge.

We (okay, I) enjoyed reading about the different native plants found in the reserve.  

While the landscape here is not as lush or green as in Washington - it is very unique and has a beauty all its own.   I thought that it would look a lot like eastern Washington but it doesn't.  It is very different.

There are a lot of red sandy rock formations called the Lindavista and while it looks soft and crumbly (like sand) it is actually very, very hard.  Much of it is covered with blooming wildflowers.

We took a long walk along a trail that weaves through the top of one of the ocean bluffs and showcases the diverse array of geological and botanical features of the park.

- cactus graffiti -

It was so nice because we could feel the heat coming up off the sand of the trails but the ocean breezes kept us cool. 

It was Perfect!

There is no doubt that the views of the Pacific Ocean from this park are incredible.  The hills are covered with blooming wildflowers and the air smells so good.  

While we were standing at the top of the bluff looking out over the ocean we spotted 3 bottle-nose dolphins swimming just off the shore. 

We watched them in the water for about 5 minutes until they swam out of sight. 

Large portions of Torrey Pine forests at the reserve have fallen prey to the bark beetle which have left portions of the woodlands dead.  

I think it is a different species of the bark beetle which have devasted much of the forests in British Columbia.

A beautiful day!

I am thinking about volunteering with the Torrey Pines Organization. 

“You never know when you’re making a memory.”
-  Rickie Lee Jones -

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