La Jolla Beach, California

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Our last night in San Diego, we headed over to La Jolla Cove.

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It was quickly becoming the golden hour and the tide was slowly pushing its way in.

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I was alittle nervous with my punks there on the rocks…

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but nature would soon teach them a lesson.

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Then they decided to be The Sorcerer’s Apprentice and orchestrate the waves…

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The seals are just fun to watch. They bark, nip, fight for rock space to sun themselves, poise themselves, fight for dominance positions and swim with  people who are swimming in the ocean.

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We were all just mesmerized watching the waves crash along the rocks. That sound is one I hope to remember forever.

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Kissing seals!

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This is my youngest punk. Doesn’t he look like he belongs in California? He loves all there is to do here and begged me to rent him a wet suit and surf board for the hour left of light. He wanted to snorkel. He wanted to swim with the seals. He wanted to surf. When this didn’t happen, he was all over the rocks giving me panic attacks every 3 seconds.

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Here they are, orchestrating the waves again.

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But the waves are getting closer and not listening to their command!

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But my youngest, always to the edge on adventure, just has to test mother nature and go closer to the edge. More people gather on the rocks, which only encourages him. In the meantime, I have no fingernails left.

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Enough is enough! Get up here and watch the sunset!

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My oldest took this picture of Ol’ Blue  Eyes and I.

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I tried a slow shutter speed on this one. Kind of cool.

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Sunset with two body surfers in the water. *sigh*

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And if you missed this video before, here’s a little video of sunset from the beach with the two body surfers and then a seal who comes in swimming from the right side of the screen. Next time we go to San Diego, we will definitely be spending more time in La Jolla.

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Cabrillo National Monument – Point Loma, CA

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We spent a few fun sightseeing hours in Point Loma. You can see the entire Bay area all the way to Mexico.

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This is the old Point Loma Lighthouse that was built in 1854 and first lit in 1855.

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The Fresnel lens, which was the best technology of that day, was rated to be seen at 26 to 28 miles away.

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What seemed like a good location for a lighthouse ended up not being so due to low clouds and fog that obscured the light.

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So a new light station was built at the bottom of the hill in 1891. You may also recognize this house as Viper’s house from the movie Top Gun.

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The views from up here are beautiful and from January to March, Gray Whales migrate right by Point Loma.

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Headed back to the old lighthouse, there is a fresnel lens on display with lots of facts, but of course my punks don’t read all of that… they just like to push buttons. Ahem.

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Inside the lighthouse, spiral staircase.

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Inside the lighthouse Fresnel lens. They had it blocked off and we couldn’t go all the way up.

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Beautiful.

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After some time up top, we drove down to the tide pools.

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On our way in and out we passed through Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery. There was a service going on in part of the cemetery and it was somber. So somber to look toward the bay and toward the ocean and see all the headstones.IMG_4844

Immediate gratitude overwhelmed me. All this war, all this terror and all these men and women who have served. We’re all born, we all will die, and all that matters is what lies in between. Makes me think… what am I doing with my in between? Sometimes we can make a difference with many, sometimes with just one. My point is… am I making a difference? Makes me think…

Seaport Village – San Diego, CA

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After a full swim filled day at our hotel, we ventured out for dinner to Seaport Village.

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I got some of my favorite photos from our trip on this evening.

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There was so much activity going on in the bay and the light was golden.

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Seaport Village is a quaint little place lots of little shops, a 100 year old carousel, and horse drawn carriage rides.

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Seaport Village was actually once a burial ground where the Spanish expedition of 1782 buried those who died of scurvy.

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In later years it was a railroad yard.

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I loved the tile roof, white stucco and turquoise doors and trim.

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I found loads of artistic inspiration here.

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But this was my favorite photo of the day.

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San Diego Zoo

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We went to the zoo because my punks had escaped. Just kidding!
We went to the zoo because we did. (That’s what my nephew would say anyway.)

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If Ol’ Blue Eyes and I were monkeys, this would be us because I’m always grooming him. I don’t clean his tail though cause that would be weird.

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If my youngest were at the zoo, he’d be in the top of a tree eating lettuce for sure…

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If my oldest was at the zoo, he’d sit around looking all zen and everything.

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GOOOR-RILLLLL-AAAAHHHH! (Sorry, had a Tarzan moment there.)

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Always look up at the zoo. You never know what could hit you!

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When I left the zoo, I knew two things for sure.

#1  I want a panda bear. That’s all, nothing else. Oh my goodness! I would love him and squeeze him but I wouldn’t call him George. I’d call him Hank or Jerry or Hans Solo.

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#2  Polar Bears are totally huge man!

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Now we’re off to swim again and eat the rest of this crack kettle corn that is so good it’s sent all four of us into a frenzy.

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Coronado Island – San Diego, CA

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Coronado is beautiful.

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It was cloudy and cold and my punks went in search of sea treasures while I sat and enjoyed the view.

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After a time enjoying the beach, we made our way down to the Hotel Del Coronado.

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Inside the hotel was like-a-cave-dark, but the woodwork and detail was beautiful.

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Ol’ Blue Eyes and my oldest punk found a few chairs that needed to be held down. They are so helpful like that.

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Have I ever mentioned my oldest whistles? My dad whistles. When we ask my dad what song it is, he never knows.  He’s just whistling. I think my punk got this genetic code or something.

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After looking around the hotel we decided to head back down the beach because the sun had come out from the clouds.

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There was a wedding happening on the beach so I acted like a photographer.
Wait. What?

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We left the beach and headed out for lunch. I fell in love with this little island community.

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We found a pizza joint called Pizza Nova (it was so good!) and sat outside at a table so I could people watch. It’s like one of my favorite things to do… other than act like a photographer.

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Then we rambled along some shops and headed back to our hotel for some pool time.

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It is Friday and we are still on Pacific time, staying up like nerds until midnight or later thinking it’s just 10pm. It’s hard to come back home, especially when different time zones are involved.

Settling in near the Gaslamp District – San Diego, CA

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We stayed at the Hilton Bayfront Hotel.

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It was a really nice hotel with a great pool area for my punks.

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The views from our room and floor were absolutely spectacular! That’s the bridge to Coronado.

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Ol’ Blue Eyes was here to attend a conference at the Convention Center, so we walked across the street with him to pick up his stuff and get a bite to eat.

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I love being out of town and seeing all the different architecture!

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Right across the street from the Convention Center is the Gaslamp District.

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Did I mention my boys got a flippy-do-popper-toy-thingamagiggy at the conference?

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They were driving me insane popping it here and there and everywhere.

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Would you like to see if it pops from the stairs? Can you catch it in the air?

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I can catch it in the air and go even further upstairs!

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I think I should continue Dr. Seuss’ writings and use my punks as the illustrations. What say you?

Road trip

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Last week we took a road trip all the way from Texas to California.

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I must say that I enjoyed the driving… er… riding and taking photos and reading…

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in between matter-of-factly-stating…

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“Quit hitting your brother! Don’t call your brother a jerk! We don’t say ho. Keep your hands to yourselves! It’s your brother’s turn to play Xbox. Both of you knock it off. We will be there in 6 hours, 5 hours. It takes two to make a fight. 4 hours. Be nice! 3 hours. It’s both of your fault! We’re almost there… 2 hours… Turn the Xbox off if you can’t get along! 1 more hour! 45 minutes! He’s not acting like a girl, you’re being mean. 30 minutes! 15 more minutes! Can you believe it’s only 70 outside? I see water! Praise the Lord we’re here!”

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But believe it or not, overall my punks are good travelers.

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And we saw alot of cactus and desert and a mustang on our drive.

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We stopped to see Ol’ Blue Eyes Grandmother’s brothers grave. I told you he’s been doing this Ancestry.com stuff. Well, we found another relative. He really loved his grandmother. She refused to be called grandmother. She had to be called Genny. She once owned a still and secretly had it in a neighbors garage. That garage blew up, so then everyone found out about her still. I think we didn’t know all there is to know about her…

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but anyways, this is her brother grave. He didn’t have any children, but here we are. No one is ever really forgotten, are they?

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My punks were enjoying their freedom from the truck.

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But big brother always handles the situation by overpowering with his strength. *sigh*

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I may have informed Ol’ Blue Eyes at this point that it would be nice for me to go out of town by myself and that all this testosterone that I am subjected to can get weary sometimes.

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He just pats my leg and says “Hey!” to make me look…

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*sigh* my case in point…

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San Diego County! “Praise God from whom all blessings flow…”

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Finally!

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Hills… not something I see everyday… mesa’s maybe, but no hills around these parts!

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Petco Park and across the street, our hotel!!!

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We step out of the car, and see the bay.

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Glory, glory, hallelujah!

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Time to settle in for the week and map out our visits to Coronado, Balboa Park, the zoo, La  Jolla, etc.

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