Entries from Postcards from the Trail tagged with 'California'

Sunday in the Park - Part 2

Sunday October 13, 2013 The other botanical attraction we wanted to see in Balboa Park was the Desert Garden. It is located on the eastern side of Balboa Park. I am still amazed to see the diversity of cactus...

Sunday in the Park - Part 1

Sunday October 13, 2013 One of the main highlights of our trip to San Diego was a visit to the Botanical Building in Balboa Park. The building is one of the largest lath structures in the world. It was...

Off to the Market

Bushels of grapes Sunday October 13, 2013 I love to visiting local farmers markets. A Sunday visit would be a great way to start our vacation week. I find each one very interesting especially exploring the local produce and...

Escape to sunshine

Taster flight at Hess Brewing Saturday October 12, 2013 This year has been somewhat disappointing for travel. I know… we did do several west coast trips but it is another year without international travel. We had one more opportunity...

Photohunt: Silhouette

This week's Photohunt Theme hosted by TNChick is Silhouette. This was actually much more challenging that I thought it would be. I take a lot of shadow pictures but rarely do photos that create silhouettes. It would actually be...

Photohunt: Education

Making Mozzerella class This week's photohunt theme is Education. I started to do another post on France until I realized that I did it for the theme of School. Then I had an idea.... Last weekend I was in...

Pinnacles National Monument

Last weekend, I traveled to California for our annual Slow Travel West Coast get together. It is traditionally held on Super Bowl weekend in Paso Robles. It is a wonderful time getting together with friends and enjoying the area....

Photohunt: Bubbles

This week's Photohunt theme is Bubbles. It was a hunt to find something. I finally came across the picture above which was taken at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. This is the Kelp Forest tank during one of the feedings....

Photohunt: Sparkle

This week's Photohunt theme is sparkle. I visited Niki de Saint Phalle's sculpture garden - Queen Califia Magic Circle - while I was in San Diego in March. It was a cool Spring day. The sun was passing in...

Cactus Garden in Balboa Park

There are over 20 different gardens located in Balboa Park San Diego. I knew I wanted to visit the Botanical building. I looked over the list of gardens and put the Desert Garden high on the list of must-see...

Botanical Building - Balboa Park

The Botanical Building - Balboa Park The building I had to visit for G was the Botanical Building. I had actually forgot that it was a lath house instead of a glass house so I was a little surprised...

Balboa Park

Last Monday, I had a day to spend on my own in San Diego. My flight did not leave until 4:30 so I had an opportunity to explore. Where to go? G really wanted me to go to Balboa...

Mission San Luis Rey

Just an hour north of San Diego is another mission - Mission San Luis Rey. It was founded in 1798 by Padre Fermin Francisco de Lasuen who was the successor to Padre Junipero Serra. The mission which is the...

Mission San Diego de Alcala

You can not grow up in California without learning about Junipero Serra and the Spanish Missions. I learned about the different explorers who touched California in the 4th grade. Many countries came to California looking exploit the riches of...

Nice People - Slow Travelers

Wine Glasses and Good Friends       "If you travel, you have to be a really nice person.       You have to be a genial person,       and you have to go with the flow"     ...

Goodbye San Diego

What a wonderful weekend. Beautiful city but best of all - time spent with the best of people. The members on Slow Travel are the most friendly and generous. I had a great time and the gathering was perfect....

Queen Califia Magical Garden

Yesterday I had a chance to go to Niki de Saint Phalle wonderful and magical sculpture garden in Escondido - Queen Califia Magical Circle. I have heard of her other sculpture garden in Italy and saw some of her...

San Diego Bound

My bags are packed I'm headed to the Slow Travel Get Together (GTG) - "A Taste of San Diego". It is a three day get together with members from our forum coming together from around the world. The last get...

Highway 1

I traveled south on Highway 1 after leaving Point Lobos. It is difficult to continue driving and not turn into every pullout. But I couldn't resist stopping at every pullout. I had copied several tips from A Guide to...

Point Lobos State Reserve

Carmel Bay from Cannery Point - Point Lobos California I love the drive along California coast on Highway 1. Growing up in the California central valley, Monterey and Big Sur were just a few hours away and perfect for...

Coit Tower San Francisco

I realized that I had never been to Coit Tower so I decided to climb the Filbert Stairs to top. Yelp had some great comments on the climb. Unfortunately, I was not going to be able to make the...

Ferry Building San Francisco

I decided to play tourist in San Francisco. It has been years since I have actually spent some time walking around the City. I hadn't seen the Ferry Building and I love food markets so that was top on...

Santa Barbara

We take a trip each spring to view wildflowers and gardens. Our favorite place is Tucson. We love to spend a few days in the desert searching for wildflowers and hiking. In 2005, we spent time camping in Death Valley...

Old City Cemetery - Sacramento

We didn't get a chance to get down to California at Mother's Day this year. I had a business commitment which took me out of town. We missed the salvia sale at Cabrillo College. G was disappointed but it was...

Death Valley Links

Another week of rain in Southern California! Is it going to dry out in time for our visit? So far, Death Valley has received over 3 inches since the beginning of January. The hills are green, the valley is in...

Spring Desert Wildflowers

It is going to be an outstanding year for desert wildflowers. All the reports say it will rival or exceed the last El Nino year, 1998. We have learned to watch the rainfall that Southern California and Arizona receives starting...