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 In 1834, the Mexican government granted San Diego a chartered town but in 1838, that status was revoked.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.
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.
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.
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.