I found two PERFECT pairs of jeans here, and i never find jeans i like, and they were only 68 bucks! This brand new shop carries hot new brands such as: Evil Genius, Free Gold Watch, Cheap Monday, Blank Denim, Pony, Chinese Laundry, Seven Lightning Bolt, Miss Wax, Discrete Royalty, Public Domain, Teenage Millionaire, and Maliciously Hot. They have rad tees, denim, hats, and shades for girls AND guys. They also sell records, vintage, dresses, jewelry, dvds, old polaroid cameras and so much more. The staff is awesome and so friendly. They have great style and knowledge about the unique clothes they sell. There's a lot of great restaurants around the shop too, so its perfect for an afternoon shop and bite to eat. CHECK IT OUT! 2927 LINCOLN AVE, SAN DIEGO CA, 92104
This is maybe 30 minutes inland from San Diego proper. It's located in Alpine, Ca. Take Route 8 east to get there.
If you're into casinos, this is a great place to check out. It's got everything you expect from a casino -- all the games, etc. It also has Off-Track Betting. It has a few options for eating, including a buffet and a sit-down place.
THere's also quite a bit of outlet shopping across the road at the Viejas Outlet Center, including Bass, Borders, Jones NY, Lane Bryant, Eddie Bauer, Nine West, etc
North of San Diego lies the town of Oceanside. Just outside the town is one of California's most famous missions--Mission San Luis Rey. Named for King Louis IX of France (the only saint who was a king), it was founded in 1798. It eventually grew to be the richest mission in California. After Mexico gained independence, the missions were broken up and the spoils divided. But in 1892, following many years of decay, the Franciscan friars regained possession and began restoration.
It remains an active church. The address is:
4050 Mission Avenue
Oceanside, CA 92057
From I-5, take Highway 76 east. Go about four miles to the Rancho del Oro exit. Mission will be on your left.
I had the great pleasure to go camping with my cousin, who is a lifelong surfer. We stayed at the San Mateo campground just south of San Clemente. We went to San Onofre State Park where the Surf Club has set up wonderful Tiki Huts, shower places and picnic tables. It was very nice there. Many, many surfers go to that special place.
Up the road is San Clemente which is how California use to be. Nice, laid back and relaxed. I recommend the Surfer Donuts, Pedro's Taco's (get the shrimp burrito), Pipes for breakfast (2 people can share the breakfast burrito) and Sonny's Pizza for Italian.
The weather is unbeatable. 65 at night then 75 to 80 in the daytime. Don't go to Newport or Huntington Beaches unless you have to. It is so commercial and crowded. Laguna is weird, but if you have a teenage girl, it is a must. Carlsbad and Oceanside are nice towns, just south of the Marine Base. The coast highway is fantastic from Oceanside to La Jolla, so I recommend that.
The city of San Diego is OK, but just a big city. If you get a chance and want to go camping, the San Clement campgrounds is one of the best. Overlooking the beach, up about 60 feet on a little bluff.
Well enjoy the area and visit San Clemente and San Onofre. Enjoy and Cowabunga
Driving down Interstate 8, you may see it off to your right: a big, white cross on top of a mountain. This is Mount Helix.
As this is a public place, it is accessible by car, and provides probably some of the best views of the city you can find anywhere else. It's also a great sunset viewing location, as the ocean is to the west. There is also a small amphitheater, benches and a few trails.
Be advised though, parking is VERY limited and fills up quickly. The park is also often used for special events.
To get here:
From San Diego, take I-8 east to the Severin/Fuerte exit (right after the 125 exit). Go right, and just past the first traffic light (Lemon Avenue), Mount Helix Drive will be on the right. The route is fairly well signed. Parking is available on the south side of the mountain on the right side of the roadway, but is very limited, especially at peak times (weekends, near sunset).
Last Spring (March 12, 2006), we drove North to Encinitas. We were looking for this wonderful outdoor oasis and found it!
It happened to be Herb Festival weekend, featuring a full two days of educational talks, guided walks, and demos. It was, also a Spring Plant sale & what they called "Tomatomania" - all kinds of healthy looking plants for sale. Many of the talks focused on herbs and tomatoes, too. I wished I lived nearby, so I could buy some organically grown tomato plants. They were reasonably priced & SO much better than what I find back home, at the nurseries here. I think they have this event every year, in March, so I hope you can go...
It was a warm sunny day, perfect weather! One area that really impressed me was the bamboo forest. They had so many different types of bamboo growing; had no idea there were so many kinds.
There's a children's garden, which is whimsical, and other types of gardens, too. Paths wind around, in and out of the gardens, some shady. A Visitor Center sells gifts & books, of interest to plant lovers. They sell plants, too.
If you visit their web site, you'll see they have a whole calendar of festivals, concerts and other events. They have classes, too. The Gardens are supported by memberships and donations.
sorry, I don't have a photo...maybe I will find one later.
Feel like taking a drive on a picture perfect Southern California day or dusk, take a drive along side Sunset Cliffs Blvd, just south of Ocean Beach. In this area you will see one breathtaking view after another. The formations of the cliffs are unique looking to say the least. This is like a drive through Big Sur, but local, and not having to deal with those winding roads. You truly must take your camera for this, this is classic California beauty.
Head across the Coronado bridge in Downtown, once you get into Coronado take a right to
Tidelands Park. Here you will get awesome views of downtown San Diego, as well as all the sailboats cruising through the harbor. This is a great place to take pics are just relax on the greens and have a picnic. There are some cool monuments scattered about as well. They have a nice walking path, so everywhere you stroll to has a different view of downtown and the boating life. If you like taking pics this is worth an easy couple of hours
This park has the best hiking trails in San Diego. Many trails will treat you with absolutly gorgeous views of dramatic ocean cliffs. There are also many different spieces of plant life everywhere. At once you can feel like your at the desert with cactus all abound, or the side of a mountain with wonderful flower life. This park also has a great beach, with calm waters which are protected by the huge rocks and cliffs. It is tricky getting down to the beach, because you have to walk down a cliff side with many rocks sticking out. This is located off of HWY 5, between La Jolla and Del Mar. This is a very peaceful and serene.
Heading East on 78, about 1 hour from San Diego, is the quaint mountain town of Julian. This town is famous for fantastic Apple Pie. I tried it, it is heaven, you don't even need to have it ala-mode. This has a main street USA feel with many quaint shops and restaurants running up in down the several block downtown area. There are also a few quaint coffeehouses to kick back and breath that mountain air. BELIEVE ME, the apple pie is worth the trip alone.
Comic Con is a yearly event in mid to late July that takes place in San Diego. It is a 4 day convention of comic artists, movies, tv shows, and other multimedia of the scifi/fantasy nature.
You get to mingle with artists, actors, fans, and dressed up/costumed people as you walk the dealer's floor or attend panels/Q&A's for tv shows, comic books, and movies. There is much swag (free stuff) handed out and where else can you purchase that limited edition action figure you have been looking for? There is something for everyone at Comic Con. Let your inner geek come out and play.
It is best to buy the 4 day pass in advance to avoid long lines at the door and you can get the passes ahead of time on the official website. They are around $45 but this is subject to change each year so check at the website for the exact price.
It is also best to book your hotel/motel way in advance since rooms get booked up fast as Comic Con nears. A LOT of people attend this event so hotel rooms get very scarce as the time for Con approaches.
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park is one of the largest of its kind in the United States and derives its name from a combination of the Spanish explorer Juan Bautista de Anza and the Spanish word "borrego" to mean bighorn sheep. Highlights of the park include the badlands, the ocotillo plant, the wildflower of course, as well as the borregos and many other deserty features. Anza-Borrego is a pretty barren and desolate location with only the tiny city of Borrego Springs showing any signs of civilization. Therefore, it's most suitable for the outdoorsy type who enjoys activities such as camping and hiking.
The park is located on the eastern side of San Diego County (about a two-hour drive), with portions extending east into Imperial County and north into Riverside County. Many visitors approach from the east or west via Highways S22 and 78. Highway S2 enters the park from the south off of Interstate 8.
Ever notice these quirky dinos off the I-10 in Cabazon? Well, these giant sculptures were built by a man named Claude Bell in the 1980's. The first dino he produced was the apotosaurus, which he called Dinny. The second was of a T-rex (Tyrannosaurus) with a slide down it's back and referred to as Mr. Rex. Claude Bell had other sculptures on the drawing board including a woolly mammoth, but he past away in 1989 and so that part of the project was never even begun.
The Cabazon dinos are located in the city of Cabazon at I-10 and the Main Street exit, 13 miles west of Palm Springs. I wouldn't suggest necessarily coming out here just to see these creatures, but if you just happen to be in the area, possibly for shoping at the Cabazon Outlet Mall or on the way to or from Palms Springs, then perhaps do a slight detour to over here.
50800 Seminole Dr
Cabazon, CA 92230
Located 30 minutes north of San Diego in the city of Carlsbad, the Flower Fields opens every year during the springtime (early March to mid-May) to exhibit 50 acres of vibrantly colored blooming ranunculus flowers. Set on a hillside overlooking the Pacific Ocean, the fields offers many gorgeous photo opps. However, the very day that my girlfriends and I decided to visit, picture taking conditions were less then optimum as the skies were grey. Bummer! Nevertheless, it's truly a visual and olfactory treat.
5704 Paseo Del Norte
Carlsbad, CA 92008
The "new" Point Loma Lighthouse was constructed on the shore below the Old Point Loma Lighthouse in 1891 because the Old Light, at 422 feet above sea level, was frequently enshrouded in fog and thus of little use to mariners. The Light is not open to the public but can be viewed from the parking area in Cabrillo National Monument.
This is the southwesternmost tip of land in the continental United States.
These photos of the light were taken from a boat while on a whale watching tour, as we passed in and out of San Diego Bay.
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