February 2012 archive

Aquatic Museums, Above And Below Sea Level

For the final day of half-price Museum Month 2012 I decided to finally visit our Maritime Museum of San Diego down by the bay.  I thought this would take between two and three hours so I could maybe do one more small museum later. Seven hours and 525 photos later, I was ready to go …

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37 Acre Oxygen Factory

Visited the San Diego Botanical Garden in Encinitas today with my mom and my sister. Over 3,000 plants and trees covering 37 acres produce more than enough oxygen to help energize a person to walk the four miles of trails through gardens with authentic species from around the world including Australia, Africa, Central America, Mexico, …

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All Alone In The Night

I never get tired of watching these videos. Wonderful selection for the music. Very well put together.

One Guitar, Ten Hands

Pretty impressive cover of Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used To Know” by Walk Off The Earth.

Done With Earp

Finally finished reading (my signed copy of) “Wyatt Earp In San Diego: Life After Tombstone” by Garner Palenske. The book is packed with fascinating early San Diego history, which I loved learning about, and the first half is very interesting. But the second half slowed down a bit because it seemed to be more about …

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Chatting About The Oscars

Finally had me a long-overdue video chat with my close friend, Brenda, all while Jean Dujardin won the Oscar for Best Actor and Michel Hazanavicius won as Best Director, both for “The Artist,” at the 84th Annual Academy Awards. While our chat only lasted for two awards, both of our performances tonight were genuine.

Mission Valley: Then And Now

Here are two images of Mission Valley, located here in San Diego, as viewed from almost the same vantage point. The image on the left is a photo, taken in 1885, from an exhibit in the tower of the Junípero Serra Museum in Presidio Park. The image on the right is a photo I took …

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The First Padre

Revisited Presidio Park today, this time with my mom and sister, to finally tour the Junípero Serra Museum. During the week it’s really difficult to go inside, probably because it’s only open on weekends. (See my previous post describing who Junípero Serra was. I don’t want to write all that history about who Junípero Serra …

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Now For The Earth-Bound Vehicles

After my four and a half hour/three hundred plus photo marathon visit to the Air & Space Museum, I thought I would take it easy and rest a bit…by immediately visiting the San Diego Automotive Museum right next door and taking a lot more photos. There was a very cool exhibit of classic “woodies” that …

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I Need Some Air And I Need My Space

The morning started off with a quick walk through most of Balboa Park, beginning at the Natural History Museum and continuing down the El Prado pedestrian walkway, passing the Botanical Building and Lily Pond, skirting the Plaza de Panama with its fountain and bronze statue of El Cid, passing the Japanese Friendship Garden and the …

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Where California Began

Took my mom to Presidio Park today, which on one side overlooks Interstate 8 running through Mission Valley, on another side looks toward SeaWorld and Mission Bay, and the third side overlooks Old Town, where San Diego was founded. Since the Serra Museum itself was closed I walked a few of the trails that encircle …

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On The Right Track

After my less than flavorful lunch, I finally ended up at what was supposed to be my first destination from today, the San Diego Model Railroad Museum. At 28,000 square feet it’s the largest operating model railroad museum in the world. And it’s right here in San Diego. Not much to say other than it …

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Botanical Bonanza

My day was supposed to start with a couple of hours spent taking pictures at the Model Railroad Museum in Balboa Park. Found out when I got there that they opened an hour later than I expected. So I decided to mosey across the El Prado, passed the Lily Pond, and on over to the …

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Focus On Mantas

Went for a weekly walk at SeaWorld with my mom and was getting a little bored of always taking pictures of the same things. I had recently seen something on TV about the tanks at the Journey To Atlantis ride housing mantas instead of Commerson dolphins so I decided to focus on them. And some …

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Animal Sitting Redux

After spending the first of two nights at the neighbors’ house, today was my only full day of pet-sitting for them. (There are two half days involved as well.) Here are examples of some of the creatures I am caring for (minus the squirrel sprinkler – it’s on its own).

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