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    La Jolla Recreation Center Park

    by Yaqui Written Mar 30, 2014

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    Across the street from the La Jolla's Womans club is the La Jolla Recreation Center and a park. The park has some very lovely sculptures. One is this massive concrete bench and a sculpture by Mary Buckman dedicated to the memory of Ellen Browning Scripps, June 28, 1997. A beloved sculpture by James Tank Porter occupied this site from 1926 until its disappearance in 1996.

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    Mt. Soledad Veterans Memorial

    by Yaqui Updated Mar 30, 2014

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    This memorial is dedicated to the Men and Women veterans who have served our country during the various conflicts. The cross was originally installed in 1913 and this one is the third generation and called the Easter Cross. It stands 29 feet tall not includings its 43 foot base with a arm spread of 12 feet. It was turned into veterans memorial in 1989 and renamed the Mt. Soledad Veterans Memorial. It is listed as one of San Diego's Historical Landmarks.

    It is a proud reminder of our military heritage and the sacrifices our veterans have made. The military plaques are wonderful way to educate the public and to see actual faces of our veterans.

    The views are just as fantastic. It was a beautiful day!

    Memorial is open from 7:00 am to 10:00pm.

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    La Jolla Lookout Point

    by Yaqui Updated Mar 30, 2014

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    I happen to notice this wonderful fenced deck just on the other side of the Cave Store. It is from here you can find the Coast Walk trail also. The lookout deck is where you can see some fantastic views. From this view point you can see the pelican colony and the childrens pool area too.

    Visitor Center

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    Brown Pelicans Colony~La Jolla Cove

    by Yaqui Updated Mar 30, 2014

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    These lovely birds are called, "brown pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis)" and the adults have a (red/olive throat, white/yellow head, chestnut brown hindneck. Quitely lovely! If you have ever watched these fantastic birds hunt it is amazing. They can dive from 60 feet in the air to catch fish. I love to watch them skim across the waves because it is so graceful. La Jolla has a very large colony of them that nestle along the cliffs of the coves and it was a good day to capture some wonderful photo's of them.

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    Sea Lions~La Jolla

    by Yaqui Updated Mar 30, 2014

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    The seals have a very happy home here and are very popular with the tourist and most locals. Yet, there has been some controversy because of their increasing numbers of seals who take over the childrens pool area since it is protective cove during the winters months. So what do you do? I have read on the web that many of the seals are being killed by unknown people because they don't want them here, although the seals are protecting by the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972. Yet, there is a local group "La Jolla Friends of the Seals" who are trying to protect them and educate the public the importance they bring to their community.

    Seals don't mind picture taking, but move slowly and quietly. The day we were there people were being very quiet and getting some great shots. I stayed on the sidewalk and used my zoom, and as you can see could see them wonderfully. Some folks got a little too close and the seals reminded them they do have teeth and will charge....lol.

    Vistor Center

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    La Jolla Kayak

    by Yaqui Updated Mar 30, 2014

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    There were so many kayakers in the water and it looked absolutely fun. Something I am going to have to try someday. The web site is just one of many place to rent Kayaks.

    La Jolla Kayak
    lajollakayak.com
    2199 Avenida De La Playa
    La Jolla, CA
    (858) 459-1114

    Bike and Kayak Tours, Inc. — La Jolla
    www.bikeandkayaktours.com
    2158 Avenida De La Playa
    San Diego, CA
    (858) 454-1010

    La Jolla Sea Cave Kayaks
    www.lajollaseacavekayaks.com
    2164 Avenida De La Playa
    La Jolla, CA
    (858) 454-0111

    Hike Bike Kayak Inc
    www.hikebikekayak.com
    2216 Avenida De La Playa
    La Jolla, CA
    (858) 551-9510

    Everyday California
    www.everydaycalifornia.com
    2243 Avenida De La Playa
    La Jolla, CA
    (858) 454-6195

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    Old Town Trolley La Jolla-Mission Beach Tour

    by Yaqui Updated Mar 30, 2014

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    If you are ever in the San Diego area, you will see these wonderful modes of transportation called Trollies. They are a great way to exeperience San Diego. I had no idea they actual traveled to La Jolla. Looking at the web site they travel all over SD area. So check them out!

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    Sunny Jim Cave

    by Yaqui Updated Mar 30, 2014

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    In 1902, a German entrepreneur, painter, geologist and mining engineer named Gustauf Shultz began digging a tunnel provided by 2 Chinese laborers from the cliff into one of the ocean caves with the idea of charging visitors a few cents for the descent to the bottom via rope. He was succesful, and the cave's reputation grew in time to be named Sunny Jim, after a cartoon character. The cave continues as a tourist attraction today although the trip down is made by stairs, not rope. It is operated as part of the Cave Store owned by Jim Allen.

    As you can see the only way to see the cave is 145 steps down and up. It is very steep, wet, and kind of dark. So take your time and hold onto the hand rails! Many of the folks coming up while I was going down were having to stop to get their breath. I walk a lot, so I was able to do the stairs no problem.

    Downstairs is a beautiful view of the ocean and you won't be disappointed. The kids loved it because they were all looking for Pirates...lol!

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    La Valencia Lobby and View

    by garridogal Updated Jan 30, 2014

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    Back in 1991 my friend had her wedding reception at La Valencia and I was one of her bridesmaids. On my latest visit we took advantage of having some time to stroll its lobby while waiting on a friend. Char pointed out a lot of changes that I would not have noticed. All I could see was that it's still as beautiful as ever and that the view is still spectacular.

    AND the place is pink! What's there not to love???

    Are the palms crooked or was it me? Set up for an upcoming wedding Pretty pink detail One of the restaurants A slice of Espa��a
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    Sea Lions/Seals

    by garridogal Written Oct 19, 2013

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    Are these sea lions or seals? Are sea lions and seals the same thing? Regardless, they hang out on La Jolla Cove. And yes, they are cute. Could they be cuter? But sadly, they stink. Could they be stinkier?

    Am I bronzed yet? What a rough life You 'talkin to me?
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  • Gourmet Cooking Classes: Lajollacooks4u

    by SaraBostrand Written May 13, 2013

    When visiting San Diego, I definitely recommend attending a gourmet cooking and dining class at Lajollacooks4u. Lajollacooks4u offers a private, hands-on gourmet cooking and dining experience with views overlooking the Pacific ocean.

    Chef Jodi's experience and expertise make her a fine chef and teacher with many delicious recipes under her belt. Her specialty is California cuisine, which she helps you prepare exquisitely. The recipes used are then placed in booklets for each person to take home. All ingredients are fresh and organic, and wines are served complimenting each course. One meal with Chef Jodi includes four courses, including dessert.

    I recommend lunch reservations so that the view of the ocean will be mostly clear and the outside patio is available for dining. All reservations must be made at least 48 hours in advance so that the staff have time to prepare. According to the website, Lajollacooks4u offers team building activities, as well as girls' night out and honeymoon events. Come with a big appetite, Lajollacooks4u will definitely fill you up!

    Apricot Cheese Danish Greek Lamb Chops and Lemon Potato Wedges Outside Seating
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    Scuba Diving La Jolla Cove

    by Usctwin Written Aug 10, 2012

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    My husband and I wanted to do a two tank dive in the beautiful La Jolla Cove. We chose to dive with Scuba San Diego and I can't tell you how pleased we were with our selection.

    We arrived to our meeting point at 7am. After orientation, we started our first dive, around 8:30am. For our first dive, we were guided on a tour of the world famous La Jolla Cove kelp forest. We had two guides for a group of only 3 people. The maximum depth we went on this dive was about 40 feet. We saw tons of fish including garibaldi, senoritas, bass, and lots lots more. To get to the kelp forest you have to snorkel out to the area with all your gear on and it takes about 30 minutes. They advise that this particular dive is for divers with a minimum of a few dives under their belt. The water temperature was quite warm (it was August) and pretty clear (about 20 feet).

    We finished our dive and decompressed for about an hour, allowing enough time to get a snack and a warm cup of coffee at a nearby shack.

    Our second dive was along the reef where the sea lions have made their home. If you're lucky, like we were, you will have the chance to play with the sea lions underwater.

    Me, underwater Me again Garibaldis are everywhere! More fishies And more
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    Torrey Pines Glider Port in La Jolla

    by lmkluque Updated Nov 8, 2011

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    Want something "different" to do while in La Jolla?

    Go to Torrey Pines Glider Port and be prepared to be fascinated. Whether it's hang gliding, paragliding, flying scale models, or watching a sailplane flight, you will find it here. They give lessons and tours to noviciates. They do repairs and sell equipment to the aficionados, or you can just stand around and watch.

    This is a rustic place and the "facilities" leave something to be desired, but this cliff, high above Black's Beach teems with excitment and wonder. After watching for a while you may decide to give it a try. Ask if the wind is right for a "tandum flight." Okay, it will cost $150.00 to $175.00 to fly with a professional and have the experience of a lifetime. No reservations are required--nor accepted. It's first come, first serve, so make your mind up early and enjoy the thrill of flight.

    First sight of Torrey Pines Glider Port Mind the rules Simple eating facility Rustic necessities
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    Mini-Village!

    by lmkluque Updated Nov 8, 2011

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    Avenida de la Play is a short street with several shops and restaurants, sort of a mini-village, that gives a different face to La Jolla. A casual, sporty, beach-city face.

    However, elegance and luxury is throbbing just under the surface. Especially take a look at the price tags!

    The shops here are mainly about water sports, surfing, diving, snorkling, kayaking and swimsuits. There are a few restaurants down here worth trying out and if you have never tried some of these sports, but would like to, you can take lessons and join tours.

    Less sporty and more luxurious you'll find down this way, the La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club, The Shores Restaurant, The Sea Lodge and my favorite, The Marine Room Restaurant.

    The easiest way to get down here is from Torrey Pines Road going towards Prospect. Turn right on Calle de la Plata and follow it to the end--which is Avenida de la Playa.

    Entering the village area of Avenida de la Playa
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    Warwick's Books and Stationary

    by lmkluque Updated Nov 7, 2011

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    Warwicks is a significant book emporium in La Jolla. Not only does it sell books, stationary items and gifts, it offers a full calendar of events featuring Authors of the various books they sell. Some authors are famous, Colleen McCullough, Anne Rice and maybe not so famous yet, Nicolas Sparks, plus many other authors from various genres. These authors offer book signing, some will even tell you about themselves and the process that went into writing their book, which can be very interesting and entertaining. If you don't have a copy of the book being addressed, Warwicks will have them on hand waiting for your purchase.

    While planning a stay in La Jolla, check the calendar of events on their webpage to see who'll be there when you are. It is a unique experience and a well spent hour or two. Be warned that if the author is very popular you may have to wait in line to get in.

    Warwicks in La Jolla
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Things to do in La Jolla fall into three basic categories.  Luxury, Science/Education and Water Sports.   On and around Prospect Street, you'll find world-class dinning, shopping...

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