Category Archives: San Diego

Escape

There are days when I wake up and spend about 15 minutes debating whether or not I want to go into work.  I’m not sick, just overworked.  I felt like I was on the verge of a panic attack from all the traveling my job has required me to do lately.  Last week, I called my boss and told her I needed a day off.  I spent that day exploring La Jolla, the Children’s Cove.

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Riding horses on the beach

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Today we rode horses on the beach.  It was amazing.  The horses at Happy Trails are healthy, spritely and most of them love water.  After an hour of walking through a beautiful nature reserve, our horses arrived on a secluded stretch of beach where horses are allowed to walk. 

As we approached the ocean, our horses trembled with anticipation.  The cool of the breeze and the gentle crash of the waves beckoned us like a siren’s song.  Soon an endless landscape of blue waves appeared before us.  Our horses walked toward the water but it was a little chilly.  Our guide told us that in the summer time, the horses relish the coolness of the water.  After I coaxed my horse into the water and got her feet wet, she decided to retreat onto the dry sand.   Our eyes drank in the perfect blue of the ocean and sky.  Dolphins made little white caps on the waves as they sliced through the water.  The constant tides mezmerized us with its gentle crashing and retreating.  The mild sun warmed our skin just as the flowing sea breeze cooled us down. 

In due time, we left the beach and returned to the trail that led us back to the stables.  We bid goodbye to our guides and unburdened ourselves from our trusty horses.

Happy Trails Horse Rentals
2012 A Sunset Avenue
San Diego, CA 92154
(619) 443-3517
www.happytrailshorserentals.com

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Walking Around My Neighborhood

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Here are some pics of my walk around my new neighborhood in San Diego. Before you ask, the lovely gingerbread Victorian house is not my house.  It belongs to someone with a million dollars.

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The Vermont Street Pedestrian Bridge in San Diego

San Diego is a city that really appreciates pedestrians. Before moving here, the only pedestrian bridges I walked across were in Paris and London — most notably the Millenium Bridge. The city of San Diego boasts four pedestrian bridges. I’m hoping to try them all eventually.

The one closest to my house is the Vermont Street Pedestrian Bridge. It’s a steel bridge that connects the neighborhoods of University Heights and Hillcrest. It also conveniently ends in a shopping area.

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The first version of this bridge was made of wood and was built in 1916. The present modern steel version was built in 1995 and included the work of three local artists on its 32 lasercut steel panels. The bridge has won several awards, including the “Orchid Award” from the American Institute of Architects. It only takes 45 seconds to walk across it, but it’s hard not to stop and look at the sun shine through the blue glass on these lasercut panels and contemplate some of the quotes.

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My most beloved (driving) bridge is the one from my hometown, Pasadena, CA, the Colorado Street Bridge.