Monday, November 28, 2016

October 27th - Sunrise over Otay Mountain

I took Laurie to work as noticed that a good sunrise was going to appear.  I drove up the hill past her hospital, and found a small park next to an elementary school to view it.  Horizon park is surrounded by a housing development.  There is a track running around a couple of baseball fields.  Way off to the southeast, is Otay Lakes and Otay Mountain Wilderness, just outside of Dulzura.

A number of people came by to walk or jog the track as I stood and waited for the sunrise to develop. he sun came up and the colors were amazing.

A quiet morning spent watching the miracle happen.

Friday, November 25, 2016

October 25th - Time in IB

We cruised back down to Imperial Beach and walked around.  We walked the beach and then out to the pier.  At the restaurant on the end, they were having a Chamber of Commerce function for the residents to get aquainted.  We attended and ate free snacks and talked to people.  Fun afternoon.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

October 24th

We went to a craft brew place we'd heard of.  New English.  Just off I-805.  We weren't too impressed.  Luckily, as in many cases, we had a Groupon for it.  Groupon is great.  As we traveled down the road, there was a spectacular sunset. 

We found ourselves at Alesmith.  They have a Tony Gwynn museum full of trophies, uniforms and many great items from the iconic San Diegan ball player.

Saturday, November 19, 2016

October 17th - A walk in the Park.

Our day started with a trip down to Imperial Beach.  Not too much happening, but we walked on the beach and looked around.  From there, we decided to trip out to North Park.  There are a number of craft breweries there and we wanted to check them out. 

Our first stop was Fall Brewing.  They were not too spectacular. They had an 80s punk thing going on.  What was remarkable was this display of stitched pillow art.  A local artist sews felt onto foam pieces and creates 3-D versions of many famous rock album covers.   Pretty cool, but spendy.  She is asking 5 to 10 thousand dollars for them.  I really liked the one of the Clash's London Calling album.

Before our next stop, we checked the geocache app, and found one nearby.  There is an old building up north of El Cajon Blvd. It's one of those odd triangular buildings that occur across the world when streets converge in an awkward way.  Many years ago, I became familiar with this building because a friend had a comic book shop there.  He changed locations years ago, but he was the reason I knew of the building. There is a geocache at that location, and we sought it out and found it. 

The Triangle Building  GC34EEA

Having to go down this short one way street and find parking for our big truck was a challenge.  We walked by a house where a resident either had many cats or was just feeding all the strays in the neighborhood.  They were very cute.

Saw a classic Plymouth Newport. a 1968 I believe.  The things you see on these trips. 

Next, we went to Belching Beaver who had a great chocolate stout.  Then to Mike Hess brewing.  Which was a let-down after the Beave.

We also found a cache on Ray Street where a short block is a noted artist's community.

The Ray Street Cache GC2CYTY

A view of the Imperial Beach pier from said beach.

Fall Brewing

Amazing Pillows

The Triangle Building

A cast of cats

Chrysler Newport

Belching Beaver

Street art in North Park. 30th Street

Mike Hess

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

October 14th - Spent the morning downtown

It was a Sunday morning and I spent some time walking around downtown Chula Vista.  There is a lot of revitalization going on here.   walked a few blocks and I came across the Police Station where there is a memorial for all the fallen law enforcement officers in San Diego county.

I also picked up a quick geocache find at the fire station.


A hawk sits on a light pole on a lower parking lot at the hospital.

A food truck that serves amazing street tacos.

Memorial at Chula Vista Police station

Sunday, November 13, 2016

October 8th. Ramona and Lake Jennings

We took a drive up to Ramona to visit the cemetery.  We stopped for tacos at one of our favorite places and checked out a craft brew place on the way.  We cleaned off the gravestones and cleaned up the dead leaves on the plants.  Then we just sat for a bit.

On our way down, we went over to Lake Jennings.  I had never been there and we had questions about how it might be a place for a camper stay on one of our trips to San Diego.  Lake Jennings is made from a dam constructed for water conservation.  It was pretty. The roads leading to it are steep and twisty.  It looked like a good place to go if you have a car and tents and just wanted a weekend of fishing.  There were some larger campers there, but we couldn't imagine wanting to haul ours up there and fight the road out every day when she went to work.  But we had wondered about it and had to check as long as we were in the area. 

Stopped in to Finest Made Ales.  It used to be Butcher's Brewing but they went for a change.  I thought the selection they had before was better. 

We got home and enjoyed yet another sunset.

The only craft brew in Ramona

Lake Jennings

Finest Made