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    PETCO Park

    by traveldave Updated Oct 16, 2010

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    Home of Major League Baseball's San Diego Padres, the 42,445-seat PETCO Park opened in 2004 to provide the Padres with a home of their own. Prior to construction of the ballpark, the team shared Qualcomm Stadium with the National Football League's San Diego Chargers.

    The new ballpark was designed to combine the look and feel of the traditional old-time ballparks with state-of-the-art facilities and amenities. The historic Western Metal Supply Company Building was renovated and incorporated into the ballpark. It houses the Padres Team Store where fans can buy team souvenirs and memorabilia. And while watching a game, fans have a great view of downtown San Diego's skyline.

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    Qualcomm Stadium

    by traveldave Updated Oct 16, 2010

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    Home of the National Football League's San Diego Chargers, Qualcomm Stadium opened in 1967 as San Diego Stadium. At that time, it had a seating capacity of 53,000. The stadium was expanded to 61,000 seats (and its name changed to Jack Murphy Stadium) in 1984, and then to its current seating capacity of 71,500 seats in 1997. Also in 1997, the stadium was renamed Qualcomm Stadium when Qualcomm, a San Diego telecommunications company, bought the naming rights.

    In addition to providing a home field for the San Diego Chargers, the stadium is also used for rock concerts and other large civic events. And in 1998, it hosted Super Bowl XXXII.

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    California is a hiking paradise

    by richiecdisc Written Oct 11, 2009

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    California has one of the most extensive trail networks in the world. The famed John Muir Trail is one of the oldest. The Pacific Crest Trail runs down the spine of the Sierra Nevada Mountains from the top of the state to Mexico. The Pacific Coast Trail does the same along the ocean. No matter your skill level, you will find a suitable trail in this great state. The trails vary not only by their difficulty but by the many terrains the state has. Hike along coastal bluffs, hike in dense lush forest, hike on stony alpine peaks, and hike in the desert. California pretty much has it all so if you are an avid hiker, bring your gear. If you've only just been thinking about it, by all means, make your visit to the Golden State the one where you finally did it.

    Equipment: Good hiking boots and quality socks are a must. Carry warm quick drying clothes when hiking in the mountains and for extended walks along the coat. Weather changes quickly and there's nothing worse than being wet and cold. Rain gear is essential for mountain travel and again, good to carry if doing a long walk on the coast.

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    • Hiking and Walking

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  • Coast bike trip

    by CanadianCyclist Written Sep 14, 2008

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    Thank you all very much for your helpful advice! I didnt Really expect to much of a response so I was exceptionally pleased to see such good advice. As per said advice, I am pretty much certain that i will stay along the coast the whole way, especially now that i know I need never go through downtown L.A. And the knowledge that I 5 is un-bikable was very useful, and as such, i will definitely not attempt it. also, farang27, you mentioned that you know some good places to stay in san diego and area, and I would love to hear about them, but im not sure when i will be able to check this post again, but if you really wanted to help me out you could email me some info at limp_posse@hotmail.com. of course if not, i still appreciate the good advice all around. Thank everyone and ill make sure and post how it went when i get back!

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    Ride the Dunes

    by Basaic Written Sep 20, 2007

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    The part of the Imperial Sand Dunes National Recreation Area south of State Highway 78 is a fine place for riding dune buggies, motorcycles or other off-road vehicles. The price is $25 per week or $90 for a season pass. Do not try and use the facilities without a pass, the rules are strictly enforced.

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    Gem Lakes

    by chewy3326 Written Jul 3, 2007

    Nowhere else is such alpine and spectacular scenery accessible with so little effort. This hike up the Little Lakes Valley is only 6.6 miles round trip with less than 700 feet of elevation gain, but reaches many lakes nestled under a spectacular setting.

    From Mosquito Flat, the trail climbs alongside cascading Rock Creek, with lupine and paintbrush lining the trailside. After entering the John Muir Wilderness, the trail reaches a hilltop where a short spur leads to a view of Mack Lake. The main trail continues downhill, passing through a meadow with views to Mt. Abbott and Bear Creek Spire. Not long afterwards, there is another short spur out to grass-lined Marsh Lake. Continuing, the trail climbs another small hill to cross one of the Heart Lake's inlets and reach the lakeside. A bit farther on, the trail climbs out to a view above Box Lake, with High Sierra peaks in the background. After crossing Rock Creek a bit farther on, the trail reaches the east shore of Long Lake, paralleling it for the length of the lake with tremendous views. Past Long Lake, the trail climbs gently through forest and meadows, passing a spur for Chickenfoot Lake. After crossing a small stream (the outlet from Gem Lakes) there is an unsigned junction, with the trail to the left leading to Morgan Pass, and the trail to the right going to Gem Lakes. Take the right fork, which will take you past wildflower meadows and one of the smaller Gem Lakes to the final and largest Gem Lakes, which has the most gem-like emerald color of any lake I've seen in the Sierras. From there, you can retrace your steps back to the trailhead.

    Equipment: Hiking boots, mosquito repellent, and a camera!

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    Thousand Island Lake

    by chewy3326 Updated Jul 2, 2007

    This hike is usually done as an overnight backpack (as recommended by most guidebooks), but due to the brevity of our visit to California, we did it as a day hike. This is by far one of the most beautiful trails in California and the Sierra Nevada, leading deep into the Ansel Adams Wilderness. The trail is a 17-mile loop that gains 1800 feet.

    Starting from the Pacific Crest/High Trail trailhead at Agnew Meadows, the trail climbs in switchbacks, first through forest and then on a sagebrush-covered slope. Mt. Ritter and Banner Peak immediately come into view. As the switchbacks end, the trail enters Ansel Adams Wilderness and returns to the forest. Remaining in the forest, the trail continues climbing with occasional views of the Ritter Range. A little over 2 miles into the hike, the trail reaches a sublime viewpoint where Shadow Lake is visible in a cleft underneath the Minarets and Ritter and Banner. Continuing, the trail emerges on an open slope, with views to Mt. Lyell, the Ritter Range, and Mammoth Mountain. Streams cascade from the Two Teats and San Joaquin Mountain, which tower above you. Wildflowers, including lupine and paintbrush, are everywhere.

    Over 6 miles from the trailhead, you'll reach a junction; follow the PCT towards the lake, descending back into forest. Pass Badger Lakes and reach the junction with the River Trail almost 8 miles from the trailhead; then take the trail to the lake, ascending into a wonderland of wildflower meadows and streams beneath Banner Peak for a mile before reaching the lakeshore. Glacier-covered Ritter, Banner, and Davis tower overhead. Heading back, take the River Trail, an uneventful but somewhat shorter trail that follows the San Joaquin River through a series of cascades past Olaine Lake and back to the trailhead.

    Equipment: Hiking Boots; Mosquito Repellent; plenty of water, a topographic map, and lunch.

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    Ski Tahoe

    by goingsolo Written Dec 26, 2006

    Tahoe is a skiiers paradise. There are many places to choose from, including the former Olympics host Squaw Valley, geared more towards children and beginners, the very popular Northstar and Heavenly, Diamond Peak located in high end Incline Village, smaller Homewood and world class Alpine Meadows.

    Strangely, there was little snow by Christmas, 2006. The lifts were operating but many skiiers at Squaw Valley, where we visited, were disappointed. Northstar had many runs closed and rocks and ice made skiing pretty trecherous. But Tahoe expects to get a good dumping of snow to ring in the New Year with more operational ski lifts.

    Even if you don't ski, visiting places like Squaw Valley and Incline Village is a worthwhile experience. The scenery is incredible and the energy of the snowbound skiiers and boarders is infections. Its definitely a place to go to get into the holiday spirit.

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    • Mountain Climbing

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    Vernal and Nevada Falls

    by chewy3326 Written Nov 28, 2006

    This hike takes in two of the most powerful and beautiful waterfalls in the park, 317-foot Vernal Fall and 594-foot Nevada Fall. This loop trail is about 6.5 - 7 miles long with an elevation gain of 2000 feet; it should be doable for most people, and it is hard to get lost since this trail is well traveled.

    From the Mist Trailhead, begin hiking. The trail begins by ascending quite a bit, and by 3/4 mile the trail has ascended 400 feet. In the early stretches of the trail, you get quite a few views of Illilouette Fall, which is usually hidden up its narrow canyon. At 3/4 mile, the trail comes to the Vernal Fall Footbridge, which has a disappointing view of distant Vernal Fall. There is water and restrooms here. Continue onward on the Mist Trail for just a little to where the Mist Trail and John Muir Trail split ways. Take the right fork (the John Muir Trail) and follow it uphill. The trail immediately begins climbing, switchbacking numerous times through the forest up the canyon walls. Know that this trail is also a pack trail. After the switchbacks, the trail levels out at Clark Point, where there's a view of Nevada Fall and Liberty Cap. Continuing on, the trail is mostly flat, and at one section goes along the canyon wall with a stunning view of Liberty Cap, Nevada Fall, Mt. Broderick, and Half Dome. Then the trail reaches the top of Nevada Fall.

    From Nevada Fall, follow the trail to its junction with the Mist Trail. Take the Mist Trail downhill through a small ravine to the cliff alongside Nevada Fall. There are constant views and reminders of the fall's rushing power and water. After reaching its base, the trail continues downhill to the top of Vernal Fall. The view here is also quite nice. Then hike down the Mist Trail to the bottom of the fall. This part of the trail can often make you soaking wet; the waterfall's spray rains on you. After another short descent, you'll see a short spur leading to Photographer's Rock, where there is one of the best views of Vernal Fall. From there, return to the trailhead.

    Equipment: Hiking boots, camera

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    Eagle Lake

    by chewy3326 Written Nov 24, 2006

    This trail should be reasonably doable with anyone with some hiking experience. The elevation gain is relatively large and it is a higher elevation hike, and there is a section where the trail passes through a boulder field. However, most people should be able to do this hike. The hike is 7 miles round trip and has a 2200-foot elevation gain.

    There are (as far as I know) three Eagle Lakes in California, one near Susanville, one near Lake Tahoe and one in Mineral King. I've visited the latter two, and have found the third to be the most attractive as well as the best hike in the state of California.

    From the trailhead, the trail climbs slowly up the side of the valley. There are numerous views of the grassy meadows surrounding the East Fork Kaweah River, as well as the peaks ringing Farewell Gap. A mile past the trailhead, you reach a junction; going straight ahead is the White Chief Trail, turning right is the Eagle Lake trail. Turn right.

    The trail now begins ascending steeply. There are occasional views of Timber Gap and Empire Mountain through the trees until suddenly you reach a beautiful mountainside meadow. While hiking in the meadow you get great views. Past the meadow, the trail begins to level out. Soon you pass the Eagle Sinkhole, where Eagle Creek disappears underground. Two miles past the trailhead, you reach a junction with the Mosquito Lakes Trail. During my hike, this entire area was under 2-3 of snow, and we got lost many times.

    The trail continues pass another beautiful little meadow and then begins switchbacking uphill steeply. To your right you'll see a series of cascades on Eagle Creek. At the top of the switchbacks, the trail levels out again and then begins going through a boulder field. The boulder field actually isn't hard to get through; just be sure you don't lose the trail. Past the boulder field, the trail makes one last uphill and reaches the shore of Eagle Lake, 10,000-feet above sea level at the timberline. Amazing.

    Equipment: hiking boots, camera.

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    Sentinel Dome and Taft Point

    by chewy3326 Written Nov 24, 2006

    This trail is not very difficult but the less-used middle section of the Pohono Trail is not well marked in one section.

    From the trailhead, follow the left fork towards Taft Point. The trail is mostly level and occasionally descends as it follows a creek towards the point. After half a mile, you pass the junction with the Pohono Trail. Keep left and follow the trail to Taft Point. The last section of the trail before the point opens up to wide views. You'll descend steeply to the Fissures, a number of deep cracks in the granite of Profile Cliff. Watch out and keep young children away; falling down these will definitely mean death.

    Walk to the edge at Taft Point (7500 feet), where a short railing guards you from falling into the valley. There's a view of El Capitan, Yosemite Valley, and Yosemite Falls. From there, continue west on the trail a little to a view of the Cathedral Spires. Then turn back and head back up towards the trailhead. After .6 miles, you'll meet the Pohono Trail. Take the Pohono Trail (turn left). This section of the trail is considerably less travelled than the Taft Point or Sentinel Dome trail.

    This section of trail begins by descending through forest, with no views. However, after a constant descent, you'll finally reach the valley rim, where there are outstanding views of Yosemtie Falls. At the end of the descent, you'll reach Sentinel Creek. Cross the creek, then turn left onto a short spur leading to a cliff-edge view of El Capitan and the Cathedral Spires. Then return to the trail and begin a long ascent up 1000 feet to a junction with the Sentinel Dome Trail, all the while with good views of Yosemite Falls.

    You'll meet the crowds at Sentinel Dome, which is one of the park's most popular and most beautiful hikes. Take in the amazing 360-degree vista- all of Yosemite Valley, and the peaks of the High Sierra. From there, descend the dome and walk 1.1 (downhill, thankfully!) miles to the trailhead.

    Equipment: hiking boots, camera (definitely!)

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    Little Baldy

    by chewy3326 Written Nov 23, 2006

    This trail is doable for just about anyone. It's fairly simple, elevation gain isn't major, and the trail is clearly marked.

    Little Baldy, an 8044-foot high granite dome in Sequoia National Park, is an easy hike ending with outstanding views. The trail is 3.5 miles round trip with an elevation gain of 700 feet. We did not meet any other hikers on the entire trail (100% solitude). From the trailhead, the trail switchbacks through forest, gaining most of the elevation in the first 1.25 miles. The trail then levels out at the top of a ridgeline (still in the forest) and by 1.5 miles, the views begin. The trail ends at the summit of the dome (very windy) where you'll have a 360-degree view of the Sierra foothills, the Great Western Divide, the Mt. Siliman, Tokopah Valley, and Mineral King to the south. This view easily ranks as one of the best views we saw in Sequoia National Park and in the state of California.

    Equipment: Hiking boots; camera.

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    bicycling down the coast

    by travel40 Written May 10, 2006

    day 1: land in SFO, check into 4seasons, san francisco. ship bike box down to pasadena via UPS ground(around 60$). keep bicycle in the room.
    day2: travel from san francisco to palo alto on "el camino real". check into stanford park inn. keep bicycle in the room. no in house spa.
    day3: from palo alto to monterey. from the skyline boulevard, it's a straight down hill to santa cruz. from santa cruz to monterey, need a detailed map to avoid riding on freeway(available from 'bicycle trip' - bicycle store in santa cruz) checkin to monterey plaza hotel and spa
    day4: from monterey to big sur. have a burrito at the first general store that appears on coast highway1 in big sur. check in to "post ranch inn". get an in-room massage.
    day5: from big sur to San Luis Obispo. 110mi. check into "apple farm inn". get a massage
    day6: amtrack from S.L.O. to Santa Barbara. check into "simpson house inn"
    day7: amtrack from S.B. to LA. rent an SUV from union station, put bicycle in, check into the Ritz in pasadena. keep bicycle in room.

    Equipment: 1. camera + extra battery
    2. epson p-2000 + recharger to download your pictures
    3. bicycle tires reinforced with cavilar(available from bicycle stores). i pump up to 100psi in san francisco, never had a problem; didn't need to use airpump until LA.
    4. suntan lotion(got a nasty burnon my wrist after 1 day - it's beginning to look better)
    5. i used 3 maps. first large scale(from Borders books, the whole california atlas. i cut and pasted pages along the coast and tossed the rest); small scale from santa cruz to monterey(from local bike store), and another small scale map from SLO to SB(again obtained from a local SLO bike store, which i ended up not using)

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    Desert Communities are a Golfer's Paradise

    by deecat Updated May 18, 2005

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    One of the reasons we went to Palm Springs for three months is the great golf. And, golf we did.

    Here are a few of the courses that we played:

    Tahquitz Creek has two championship courses in one location with beautiful mountain backdrops.

    We played the newly renovated Legend Course. It is an Arnold Palmer Managed Facility.
    1885 Golf Club Drive
    Palm Springs, CA
    (760)328-1005

    Canyon South Golf Course has some of the best maintained greens in this area. It is surrounded by majestic mountains and has over 1000 large trees. Since it is in the southern portion of Palm Springs, it is wind sheltered.
    1097 Murray Canyon Drive
    Palm Springs, CA 92262
    (760)327-2019

    Palm Desert Country Club is an affordable country club golf. The facilities are super and much improved under new ownership. It was built in 1961 and strategically placed bunkers and water hazards. It is a 9-hole course, and you can walk.
    77-200 California Drive
    Palm Desert
    (West of Washington/No. of Fred Waring)
    (760)345-2525

    Indian Palms Country Club has 27 championship holes. We were told that it is a favorite of locals because it is affordable. It has mature shade trees and elevated greens.
    (A bit of History: President Dwight D. Eisenhower wrote his memoirs here!)
    48-630 Monroe St.
    Indio, CA 92201
    (760)347-2326

    Palm Springs Country Club was built in 1968 and is one of the least expensive of the courses we played. You cannot walk; you have to have a cart.
    2500 Whitewater Club Drive
    (760)323-2628

    Heritage Palms Golf Club is a new course built in 1996 and extremely challenging. It requires precise drives.
    80-0555 Fred Waring Drive
    (760)772-7334

    There were many more, but too many to mention.

    Equipment: You can pay much less if you do NEXT DAY GOLF to get discount tee-times. You have to call between 5-10p.m. for golf the next day. Individuals and groups can book on the best courses by:
    Call (760)413-0336
    Fax (760)772-2681
    We tried it, and it was great.

    We brought our golf bag, golf clubs, balls, glove, and golf shoes. If you need to, you are able to RENT at the golf courses.

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  • Whitewater Rafting on the Tuolumne River

    by zcollier Written Feb 17, 2004

    During the spring Sierra snow melt, the Tuolumne River is as fierce as any California Stream. The huge waves and hydraulics are enough to scare even the most seasoned river rafting guide, but most know that spring on the Tuolumne River is as good as rafting gets. Every year, sometime in June, the natural river flow drops and Holm Powerhouse on Cherry Creek releases just enough water for a raft to negotiate the river. The river changes from a scary and dangerous maelstrom to a truly technical challenge.

    Highlights of a Tuolumne River trip are exciting rapids, camping along the Clavey River, hiking to water slides on the North Fork, and the possibility of exploring the remnants of the mining days. During the California spring one and two day trips are available. When the water drops sometime in June we spend two or three days exploring the canyon. Previous rafting experience is recommended but not required.

    Equipment: Most outfitters will only require that you bring some sturdy shoes, sunblock, a swimsuit, a change of clothes, and an open and a positive and open attitude.

    There is a river store near the put in that sells any last minute items.

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