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    Santaluz....lap of luxury

    by Pawtuxet Updated Feb 6, 2005

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    Santaluz is a gated community just up from Del Mar. It's where my son is working now and he gave us the grand tour. Many luxurious homes are scattered over the hillsides and there are beautiful facilities such as tennis, golf, club house, restaurants, spa...all done with great care and good taste. Every building has a tiled roof and there is a lot of nice stonework everywhere. Here is a shot of the mens grille....no women allowed. I was able to step in long enough for a photo, but this is definately a male domain. Just off the golf course....a cool drink and quick lunch.

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    the search for affordable housing...

    by Pawtuxet Updated Jan 26, 2005

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    My son found a sweet apartment in this building across from Balboa Park. Nice neighborhood (Starbuck's nearbye) and it has a fantastic rooftop garden. It is challenging to find affordable housing in San Diego nowadays. The average price for a single family dwelling is now at $450,000. Of course condos and apartments are in the upper ranges as well.
    Finding interesting architecture in addition to location and price range is a real tricky procedure. I think my son did very well. If you are planning a move to San Diego...better start looking early.

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    Santaluz Golf course

    by Pawtuxet Updated Feb 6, 2005

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    Famed golf course architect Rees Jones designed the course using all the area's natural beauty and topography to its best advantage. The famed San Diego Charger, Rolf Benirschke has enjoyed the whole experience and high level of service at Santaluz. The grounds are meticulously kept. My photo cannot do it justice. The weather is a golfer's delight. Not terribly affordable...but if you are offered the opportunity to visit...or play...don't miss it.

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    San Diego California Temple

    by Yaqui Updated Sep 7, 2005

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    While visiting my niece, we had to pass this huge structure from the freeway. I am amazed at its sheer size even from the freeway...WOW! I kept wanting to stop so I could take a closer look at it. Everyone of course kept rolling their eyes every time I wanted to stop. Fortunately, my future Nephew in Law Michael zipped me over to the Temple...Wow, I am going to say it again....WOW It is simply stunning in architecture. To get to this site, exit from Interstate I-5 onto Noble Street and go east till you hit Lebon Drive make a right and another right onto Charmant Drive. This Temple stands out from the freeway; the building is massive and beautiful. It is gated and only open to those who are member of the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. They certainly know how to build them. It is something to see a little more up-close, because it almost doesn't look real!

    7474 Charmant Dr
    San Diego, CA 92122-5000

    Beautiful!!
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    USS St. Lo (CVE–63) Monument

    by Yaqui Written Mar 22, 2009

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    USS St. Lo (CVE–63) was a Casablanca-class escort carrier of the United States Navy during World War II. On October 25, 1944 St. Lo became the first major warship to sink as the result of a kamikaze attack. Around 1047 a battle began when an air attack by the Shikishima Special Attack Unit in the Gulf of Leyte. A plane flown by Lt. Yukio Seki crashed on the flight deck, penetrating the deck that blew out the port side of the hangar deck where aircraft were being rearmed. After many explosions and fire, the ship sank. The ships crew consisted of 889 souls, but sadly 113 were killed or missing and approximately 30 others died of their wounds. The survivors were rescued from the water by the USS Heermann, USS John C. Butler, USS Raymond, and USS Dennis (which picked up 434 survivors.)

    Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery
    P.O. Box 6237
    San Diego, CA 92166

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    Unsolved Mystery of Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo Death

    by Yaqui Written Mar 22, 2009

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    There are no known drawings or painting of Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo sadly. Plus his death is somewhat of a mystery too. He either broke a leg or arm, but did not recover from either injury since he died January 3, 1543, most likely from infection. There was a stone found on Santa Rosa Island in 1901 with etched crude markings of a stick man and the letters of JR. Some believe it was Juan’s crude headstone, but who knows. Although with his untimely death and goals not being completely accomplished, he did leave for future sailors a safer passage. With his detailed maps of currents, landmarks, and winds, this helped established new sailing routes for other adventures.

    If you look at anything at the visitor center be sure to read about this and take a look at the stone.

    Cabrillo National Monument
    1800 Cabrillo Memorial Drive
    San Diego, CA 92106-3601

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    USS Wasp (CV-7) Monument

    by Yaqui Written Mar 22, 2009

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    The eighth USS Wasp (CV-7) was a United States Navy aircraft carrier that found her demise around 2:44 when three B1 Type Japanese submarine torpedoes where spotted heading three points forward of the starboard beam, although six were fired, three sadly hit her gasoline tanks and magazines area. The Bravery of her crew is carried on in memory and honor with this lovely memorial and those of the other memorials here at Fort Rosecrans.

    Located at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery
    P.O. Box 6237
    San Diego, CA 92166

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    USS Ommaney Bay (CVE–79) Monument

    by Yaqui Written Mar 22, 2009

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    USS Ommaney Bay (CVE–79) was a Casablanca-class escort carrier of the United States Navy, named for Ommaney Bay, Alaska. She left on New Year's Day 1945, two days later while in the Sulu Sea a Japanese suicide plane nicked her island then crashed her starboard side. Two bombs were released; penetrated the flight deck and below, setting off a series of explosions among the fully armed aircraft on the forward third of the hangar deck. The second bomb passed through the hangar deck, ruptured the second deck, and exploded near the starboard side.

    Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery
    P.O. Box 6237
    San Diego, CA 92166

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    Heritage Park

    by Jim_Eliason Written Jan 27, 2008

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    This small park a few blocks east of Old town preserves San Diego's Victorian architecture. Basically its a Mormon church surrounded by Victorian styled buildings containing shops and a Bed and breakfast.

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    Cabrillo National Monument

    by Stephen-KarenConn Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Cabrillo National Monument commemorates the spot where Portuguese explorer Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo anchored near Point Loma at the entrance to San Diego Bay in September 1542, just half a century after Columbus first landed in the new world. He was the first European to explore the west coast of the United States, setting sail from Mexico "to discover the coast of New Spain." Cabrillo died a few months later, but his expedition pressed on, exploring the previously unknown Pacific Coast all the way north to present-day Oregon.

    It would be more than 300 years before maritime traffic had become heavy enough to warrant a lighthouse at Point Loma. A sandstone structure was erected in the mid-1850s at a point 422 feet above the sea. After 36 years it was replaced by a new light at a lower elevation, because the higher light was often enshrouded with fog.

    The Overlook at Cabrillo National Monument offers a splendid 360 degree view. In late winter gray whales pass this point on their annual 5,000 mile migration from their breeding lagoons in Baja California to their feeding grounds in the Arctic.

    The National Monument has a statue of Juan Cabrillo, and also a modern visitor center and interpretative exhibits. It is open daily and a small entrance fee is required. Click the web link below for current hours and fees.

    Address: 1800 Cabrillo Memorial Drive, San Diego, CA 92106

    Cabrillo National Monument
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    Mt. Palomar Observatory

    by Tom_Fields Written Oct 18, 2005

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    This is one of the world's most famous observatories. Since 1948, its giant 200-inch reflecting telescope has provided some of the best views of the heavens--except, of course, for the Hubble. This remote area, some distance from city lights, still affords fine opportunities for star-gazing. It's open to the public from 9:00-4:00. The address is:

    35899 Canfield Road
    Palomar Mountain
    CA 92060-0200

    From San Diego, take I-15 north. Exit at state highway 76 eastbound. Twenty five miles from the interchange, County Road S-6 exits to the left and climbs to the Palomar summit and ends at the Observatory gates.

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    New Point Loma Lighthouse

    by Stephen-KarenConn Updated Jun 7, 2006

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    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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    Heritage of the America's Museum

    by Jim_Eliason Updated Jun 25, 2013

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    This small museum is associated with Cuyamaca College but appears to be largely the collection of a private collector and strangely most of it seems to be for sale. Regardless it's a interesting but eceletic collection.

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    ARCO Olympic Training facility

    by Jim_Eliason Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The US Olympic Committee uses this area as a year round training center for Olympic athletes. There is a visitor's center with displays and a shop and tours are given of the facility at 1:30 PM daily.

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    Anza-Borrego Desert State Park

    by Phalaenopsis03 Updated Jun 29, 2006

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    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.

    Nini & Yuby admiring the ocotillo plant (2.19.05) Lost in wildflowers (2.19.05) Driving through the badlands (6.4.04) Tones with his gypsum (6.4.04) Now that's a borrego (bighorn sheep)!
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