Living Coast Discovery Center
The second picture, taken off the web-site, shows the Nature Center building and part of the marsh area. Those who are interested in nature and conservation will enjoy this small section of the Sweetwater Marsh National Wildlife Refuge.
Set at the west end of "E" Street is a parking lot. Parking is free, a CV Bus will pick you up, also without charge and drive you through the marshy area to the Nature Center.
There are interesting exibits, mainly geared for children, a nature trail and my favorite is a petting pool full of examples of the fish found in the area, including small sharks and a friendly stingray that can be petted.
Thanks to VT Member, Agraichen I've learned that the C.V. Nature Center has changed it's name to:
The Living Coast Discovery Center
1000 Gunpowder Point Drive
You have to take a shuttle to get out here. There is a parking lot at the end of "E"Street, west of the I-5 freeway. Park there and wait, no more than fifteen minutes and the shuttle will stop to pick you up. I'ts a short ride but we can't walk or drive there ourselves because the marshes are a protected area.
Every year on the 15th of December the residents of Whitney and Mankato Streets cover their houses with the most spectacular display of Christmas lights, scenes and music for all who drive or walk past, to see.
A simple message of Merry Christmas, Peace on Earth and Good Will Toward Man.
If ever in Chula Vista at Christmas time, take a tour and enjoy the gift.
Whitney and Mankato Streets are between First and Second Avenues in the older residential section of the downtown area of Chula Vista.
Every Thursday a section just off Third Avenue is closed to traffic and the Farmer's Market opens up. It's not like the olden days farmers market, more like a street fair with fresh vegetables, fruits, flowers and plants directly from the farmers. Also delicious food and crafted items. Sometimes a group of vintage cars are displayed and coming to the Farmer's Market can be quite interesting.
Weekly on Thursday, from 3-6 pm winters and 3-7pm summers.
Halloween is celebrated in the USA in many ways.
In the past, children would go from one neighbor's house to another, in full costume and yell, "Trick-or-Treat!"
The neighbor would normally give out some sort of treat, usually candy, so the children would not play a trick on them. A common trick would be something on the lines of wrapping toilet paper all round the house and folage or soaping all the windows. Not destructive, but annoying to clean-up.
These days that still may happen in some areas but the trick aspect is not so prevalent. If a neighbor is not willing/able to give out candy or other treats, they simply leave their porch light out and the children will by-pass that house.
Also, due to the changes in our society, many parents opt to take their children to a school or church festival for their Halloween fun and avoid the more recent dangers that might lurk.
Usually the only "Halloween" decoration seen on/around homes are those crafted by the school aged children living in them. In recent years people have begun to buy various ornaments for the home and display them for a week or so before and then they especially enjoy the many costumed children stopping by for a treat.
In Chula Vista there is a woman who loves Halloween and has collected various items to decorate her home for this holiday. It's been twenty years since she started, it takes almost two weeks to get everything in place but the result is fascinating. In these photos you will see the result.
I will not give out the address here, but if you are planning a visit to Chula Vista during the month of October and would like to see this spectacular display, contact me here at VT and I will let you know how to find this house.
The legal drinking age in Chula Vista--actually in all of California--is 21 years. Anyone under that age may not go into a bar or night club--unless it also serves food.
This leaves little for young adults to do in the evenings. Just Java is an funky coffeehouse that caters to that in between age group. It is a popular place to meet people and it is also a cyber-cafe.
Just Java Cafe 285 3rd Ave. Chula Vista, CA 9191
As has been happening throughout the whole state, businesses are closing down due to the economy. This isn't exactly what happened at Just Java Cafe. Instead of closing it's doors, it just tweeked it's focus. Now, the name has changed to Just Java and now it has become a Party Venue. I've heard that they do a really nice job of decorating and catering any type of big party and the food is really good.
However, though they may have dancing and drinking, you still have to be at least 21 to have alcohol and the only way you can get in is with an invitation.
Touring ancient cities in Europe and standing in structures built as long ago as the 1400's is more impressive than seeing the home that is pictured here and thinking of it as an historic building. However, each bit of history we save and point out, helps to understand the past and it is interesting to me.
Every year Chula Vista offers us their Historic Home Tour that ends with Tea in the Garden of one of these lovely places. Tickets can be purchased at the Chula Vista Heritage Museum, 360 Third Avenue.
If the date for the tour does not coincide with your visit, check the website for the addresses of houses listed and make your own tour. I grew-up in a Craftman house in CV--which is not on the list--and there are quite a few of them around as well as other styles to see.
"Supermarket security guards (is it correct name?) - hmm... are cameras enough?
or they are secret = no marked uniforms? or... there are no thefts there? hmm...
as I watched a lot of Hollywood movies they must be, am I wrong?"
FROM my friend CHRIS (balfor) from Atlanta, Georgia, USA:
Yes, we call them security guards. There are also cameras all over the place in most retail stores and stores like Walmart also have people who are dressed like regular people (no uniforms) and they walk around like they are a customer, but they are really atching other people to make sure they aren't stealling anything. And they do this because there is most certainly a lot of theft from a store like Wal-Mart.
"people walking around and giving you a leaflet. How do you call that paper
We call them solicitors.
THANK you Chris :-).
Do you want the whole list? OK, top 5:
1. when we ordered a pizza in Filippi's Pizza Grotto,
2. when we didn't know how to find fresh bread in a supermarket,
3. when they gave us a pizza,
4. when we came in Wal-Mart,
5. when we replied that we are from Poland.
Hmm... sunny weather, happy population or they just accept the world around them whatever it is?
From LINDA (lmkluque):
When you see people smiling all over the place it is usually for one of two reasons.
One, because they are happy people.
Two, because the business they work for INSIST that they smile at customers. Of course, after one gets used to smiling everytime they see someone, it becomes a habit. :-)
What is there? Surely large parking. What else?
Usually you can find (at least in busy time = in weekend's afternoons):
- surely cars, a lot of cars: new and old ones, pick-ups, SUVs, hmm... no cabriolets (how do you call them in US? - I've forgotten), no limos as well hehe.
- people, a lot of people of various colours of skin, usually at least a little darker than mine :-), often speaking in Spanish but usually in English, not many families (is family shopping rare there?),
- a few young "strange-looking" boys (hippies or what?) just standing and talking (all the day?),
- "petitionors", I mean people who are hired by groups who want an issue placed on the ballot so the citizens can vote for or against that issue. A majority vote by the citizens is one way of making a law. Usually they seat by a table and wait for you (= they do not disturb you :-)
In contrast to my homecountry do not expect to find in front of a supermarket:
- ugly, small stores, street stalls, buffets etc. - they are all inside the supermaket in Chula Vista,
- supermarket security guards (is it correct name?) - hmm... are cameras enough? or they are secret = no marked uniforms? or... there are no thefts there? hmm... as I watched a lot of Hollywood movies they must be, am I wrong?
- people walking around and giving you a leaflet (? how do you call that paper spam?)
- people selling things from hand (how do you call them?) - hmm... it is not common in Poland now (and forbidden by law) but...
- kids offering you to wash your car's windows or to get your shopping cart back (for a coin you put to unlock it :-) - less and less common but at some places...
- people drinking beer - uncommon and forbidden by law now but...
- free bus stop (these buses take people to and from a supermarket for FREE) - no wonder, they all have cars in the USA hehe, in Poland not yet but... soon :-).
OK, enough, it's a Chula Vista page (not Poland) hehe.
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