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Everyone loves an outdoor event with the sun shining and gorgeous weather. San Diego is known for the weather and it is easy to find some activity almost every weekend that is worth attending.

Old Town San Diego is the birthplace of California. In 1769, Gaspar de Portola and Junipero Serra founded the San Diego Presidio and Mission San Diego de Alcala. There were the first Spanish settlements in Alta California which is now the state of California. In the 1820’s, San Diego started at the base of the bluff now known as Old Town San Diego State Historic Park. In 1834, the Mexican government granted San Diego a chartered town but in 1838, that status was revoked. The area was too far from water needed for importing and exporting goods. California was admitted to the United States in 1850 even though it had a small population of around 650 people.  But Old Town still remained the heart of the city until development of the downtown San Diego area.

Today Old Town is a tourist area with hotels, restaurants, gift shops, and events that bring people from everywhere to visit and enjoy the flavor of the past combined with the present.

I attended an event called the TwainFest. This free and family friendly event took place August 18. This event celebrates the writings of Mark Twain. There were games for the children such as sack racing and flipping “frogs” in different booths. The booths were all a tribute to the Mark Twain writings that we grew up with.

 

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I was fascinated with the large puppets that roamed the area. And there were even horse-drawn rides that absolutely terrified my Doberman puppy. She barked every time they circled the square where most of this event took place. I was busy taking photos with my new Nikon camera so I was wandering around watching the happy children and families. The historic costumes were a great addition to the overall atmosphere.

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One of the highlights to my visit was a narrator to one of the books that Mark Twain wrote. This “actor” read this book at a podium with a crowd of people who stared in amazement at the inflections and entertainment of this reader. His voice carried well and the audience laughed out loud while listening intently.

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I hope you enjoy my pictures and a glimpse into the area and history of the region. There is so much to do in San Diego and I would love to share this with you, my readers.

 

 

 

 

Another Day at the San Diego Zoo

I am crazy about taking pictures. I love my new camera. Wow, what more can I say.

This is the second installment of my pictures from the zoo. I got to play with my lens and learn just want I can do with them. I used the macro for the first time as you will see in my picture of a flower. I hope you enjoy these as much as I enjoyed taking them.

 

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More to come. Stay tuned.

San Diego Zoo

I love the zoo. I live very close to the zoo and have a year round pass. I don’t go enough but I absolutely love to go. I was anxious to take pictures of the animals with my new camera. And I told you that I would share them. So here goes.

Introducing flamingoes

I took these pictures of the nests, eggs and babies. They were so interesting. I love my camera!!!!

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So next, I will add a different animal (maybe more). See you then!!!

Update on my life

Everything in my life has changed recently. My youngest daughter got married. She is 22 years old so it is not surprising, but we have been working together for the past four years running the motel where I currently work. And to add to everything, she moved to Maryland last week.

So my next task was to get someone to run the motel with me. My boyfriend of over six years volunteered. So now we are living together and working together. The greatest thing is that we have the apartment upstairs also. I now live in the office and pay rent for it. I have resented it for years. And I never get to go home from work.

We have been fixing up and furnishing the upstairs apartment. We slept in it for the first time. But the greatest thing so far is that my granddaughter Ella got to come and visit me upstairs. She has allergies and can’t come in my regular apartment because I have five cats there. Ella and I played ball, she danced and snacked on the Edible Arrangement that I received for my birthday. It was so much fun.

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Now I have to get to work preparing the rest of the place for a group that comes in for ten weeks in the summer. We are located at the beach so it is a really perfect spot.

I just wanted to update you all on my life at the moment. Hopefully things will continue to go well and I can be less stressed and just plain happy.

Farmer’s Market

Farmer’s Market
Today, my boyfriend Jake and I went to the Farmer’s Market. It is a small gathering of local people selling their fresh produce and foods. It is usually crowded but I love the atmosphere. The town that hosts this event is just a laid-back town. If it were a different decade, I would call it a hippie town. Young people dress casually and interact with the vendors and each other in perfect harmony. And there are many people that have dogs with them. It is a very dog-friendly town.
Organic vegetables are available. These farmers take pride in their produce.
I love the produce. It is beautiful! Nowhere can you find more vibrant and bright colors. You would love the selection. I love the roses.
The flowers were amazing! Buy them by the single flower, bunch, or bouquet.
Avocados are a favorite in California.
And you will love the ripe sweet bright red strawberries. Samples are always available.
The smells of the vendors cooking and serving their food fills the air and makes your mouth water. Making a choice for dinner from the many booths is hard. There are many ethnic foods made right in front of your eyes. The cooks show their pride in their abilities. And the people crowding the front of the booths just shows that the food is good.
In the middle of the market you can see a hostel. Young people are hanging out and watching the crowd. Sometimes you can hear someone singing or playing instruments and sharing their God given gifts.

But one of our favorite foods is the kettle corn. So, of course, we purchased a huge bag to munch on while browsing. Life is good!

Trip

Our Trip to the East Coast

We took off from San Diego California on Thursday morning heading for Tennessee. I grew up in Kingston, Tennessee and we are visiting relatives and friends. It has been amazing so far.

After we traveled all day and got off the plane, I was so hungry. We rented a car, headed down the road to go to Kingston. We saw a welcoming sight first thing. A Waffle House. We love it. I had a rib eye steak and it was so good. And of course, we had pie. Chocolate cream. Yum!

Jake is on a quest for pie. He wanted to visit diners and eat pie. Well, this area isn’t known for diners. We had a hard time finding one but visited the next little town and found a greasy spoon. Well, maybe not just a greasy spoon, but a bent fork spoon and a typical run-down interior. I loved it. The waitress/cook/owner Diann was very nice and friendly. Of course, I am in the friendly part of the country. She went out of her way to please us with her limited supply of food in a very slow diner. As we sat and ate eggs, bacon, grits and obviously, biscuit and gravy, a man entered the diner. He had been here before as was obvious with the dialog of the waitress and the man. He was an older, sort of bent over man who was a little handicapped. She asked him what he needed and all he said was “I don’t have no money”. She said that if he was hungry, she would give him a biscuit and gravy. This exchange had probably gone on many days before this but she treated him with respect and compassion. He sat down and she served him. Also gave him a coke. I was impressed with the charity of the waitress/owner. Even with her obviously struggling to keep afloat. It was a special moment and Jake told her that there was definitely a place in heaven for her.

 
 
 
 

I will be posting more soon. We have been so busy and still have six more days. I will tell you all about the Lost Sea next.

Breakfast with Lady Izzy

I am going to be exploring San Diego for dog friendly places and post about them. I will start with yesterday when we once again went to Shades in Ocean Beach. This will not be my last post for them because we love the place, the food, the view and the pet friendly atmosphere. The first thing they do is bring your dog her own bowl of fresh water that was very welcome on this super hot day.

 


This is the view from the patio where we can sit with Lady.
 
This is Lady Izzy. She is amazing and well behaved in public.
 
Our food was so good. We have eaten here a couple of times but look at the pictures and see what we ordered. It tasted as good as it looks.
 
 

 
Next time we will get Lady her own food from the menu. They serve it with a place mat and everything. One of the other “guest” was there eating her own breakfast that she enjoyed very much.
 

We love Shades and will visit there often. I will continue to blog about dog-friendly places and share with you all.