La Jolla in August is over run with visitors, Mission Beach is brimming with umbrellas, sunbathers & swimmers. Much of July and August I do not spend in La Jolla or Mission Beach. Instead I search out other spots in Pacific Beach where I can still enjoy living at the beach.
Occasionally it is fun to stop & watch the model yachts sail around in circles in a small lake in Mission Bay. The lake is surrounded by green grass under shady trees. The San Diego Argonauts, sail boat division, meets here periodically & have races. It is great fun to watch adults sail these motorized boats, which are as big as they are. The boat owners hold their controls & walk on the edge of the lake along with their boats. Sometimes they have to walk into the water to rescue a capsized boat. They seem to be a friendly group of guys who like to sail and sit in the shade under the trees to chat when it is not their turn to sail or they’re taking a break. Such a delightful way to spend a hot summer day. www.sandiegoargonauts.comContinue reading →
Sometimes it’s nice just to spend time at Mission Bay. During the month of May walking or biking on the pathway around the bay is easy to do because only local residents are here for the most part this time of year. The San Diego days are sunny and the weather a perfect not-too-hot, not-too-cool. Sailboats cruise the blue bay taking advantage of sea breezes to fill their sails. Small one-person sail boats can be rented at Santa Clara point and lots of people take advantage of being able to be a sailor if only for one day. The houses alongside the bay enjoy views of the sailboats every day and often their landscaping reflects living by-the-sea theme. One home has a yard landscaped with drought-resistant succulents with their thick water-filled rubbery leaves. Lots of these succulents are in bloom now with stalks appearing of tiny star-shaped yellow or white flowers. The entrance to one home has a very heavy wooden door with wrought iron handles and the stairs to the entry way are paved in hand-painted colorful Mexican tiles. The house next door has sea-blue wooden shutters on the windows and the front yard is filled with sand & feathery “beach” grass. There are two sun-bleached silvery weathered wood Adirondack chairs that have bright cushions. An inviting place to sit with a cool drink to enjoy the view of the sailboats on the bay and perhaps a beautiful sunset, too. Palm trees are planted along the street surrounding the bay. Other yards are filled with bright red bougainvillea, oleander bushes with pink or white flowers & multi-colored hibiscus flowers. The hibiscus flowers make me think of a Hawaiian dancer with a bloom tucked behind her ear. I think that a pink & purple flower would make a wonderful addition today to put on my favorite straw hat. Continue reading →
April in San Diego brings Jacaranda trees in full bloom with lavender flowers. Entire neighborhoods in Pacific Beach & downtown San Diego are planted with Jacaranda trees. Everywhere I drive my eyes are dazzled by the lavender bouquets filling the sky. When the sky is overcast, the lavender flowers seem to be even denser in color. A purple haze created by nature. Underneath the Jacaranda trees, the ground is a lavender carpet. I daydream of laying down on the flower carpet, but when I walk up to the trees, the air is buzzing with bees greedily drinking the pollen from the flowers. The bees are on the ground, too so that they don’t miss the pollen from even one flower. It is a sort of bee madness of gorging on lavender blooms to feed their queen. Continue reading →