What I Love About Living in San Diego, CA

 Last week nice weather finally graced our city. We had an unusually cool and rainy winter, and when the sun came out and the “old” San Diego climate appeared, I decided to spend a few afternoons enjoying some much needed free time.

 Balboa Park in San Diego, CA is one of my favorite places to go. Not only can you meander around the beautiful rose gardens and pathways, but there are museums, lawn bowling and the world famous San Diego Zoo. Parking is never a problem mid-week, and not really too bad on week-ends either. I decided to take advantage of one museum’s FREE  entrance on Tuesday for all San Diego residents. It happened to be theMingei International Museum where there were several Exhibits: Mexican Cultural, Chinese Hat Box (see photo) and Ceremonial Art Across Cultures.

 Tuesdays are a great time to go: no crowds and lots of space to stop at the Exhibits. I then decided to go to the Museum of Photographic Arts where there was an  Exhibit called “State of Mind-A California Invitational” running from Feb 6-June 6th 2010 which showcases 22 California photographers.  Well worth it if you can appreciate different photographic perspectives. Unfortunately, it was not FREE Tuesday for this museum so I had to pay a very reasonable $6.00 entrance fee. There is a really nice gift shop with an extensive collection of books on Photography, and the cafeteria had decent coffee.

On my 2nd afternoon, I went to PB, Pacific Beach (which is a local San Diego Beach, not just the name of the ocean) to watch the surfers, bikers, people walking dogs, impromptu street music and to walk the boardwalk. Surf was up, dude, and the waves must have been 10 feet high! There was an almost chilly breeze which was so pleasant as I sat and ate my lunch in the sun.

On my 3rd afternoon, I went off to Circle T Ranch on Willow Rd. in Lakeside,CA and spent a lazy morning riding my horse, grooming him and listening to Country music. Circle T is located across from many riding trails, so if you don’t have a horse, you can go on a trail ride with Laura on one of their barn horses (Missy or Jasmine), who will take even beginners through the wilds of Lakeside.

San Diego has so many “vacation” activities within easy reach. One can spend a morning in a rural high desert, the afternoon at the beach and then off to Balboa Park/downtown for some urban adventures. Maybe that’s why I don’t feel the need to take as many vacations living in this part of the country…I can do just about everything I enjoy within a 30 minute drive…….
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