Monday, January 16, 2017

Music, Movie, Marina and a Market

San Diego Metro KOA
Chula Vista, CA
January 12, 13, 14, and 15, 2017

After the tide pools on Tuesday, we had two days of down pours, a day of on and off showers then finally Saturday dawned with blue skies.

So what to do on a rainy day?  Well, one of those heavy rainy days we did absolutely nothing unless you count napping, cuddling with the pups and old movies !  Thursday,  we decided to ride over to El Cajon (about 16 miles) to visit Taylor Guitar.   Joe read Guitar Lessons: A Life's Journey Turning Passion into Business  by Bob Taylor so a return trip (We visited Taylor Guitar 3 years ago.) for this artistic and free tour was on the to-do list for this year.  
The tour starts at 1:00 pm ( Monday - Thursday). We were a few minutes early on purpose so we could browse the gift shop and see the guitar room.  All the guitars in the showroom can be played.

In 1974 when the business started,  the goal was to build and sell 6 guitars the first year.  Back in the day, Bob built those guitars by hand.  Today machines and robotics speed up the process, but there is still alot of hands on work to reach the finished instrument.  The goal today is 500 a day !

Even if you are not musical like me,  the tour is well worth your time (only about 1 1/2 hours) to see first hand how these beautiful acoustic guitars are made from beginning to end. 

Something Joe and I do not do on any regular basis is go to the movies.  But, with iffy weather, it was an easy decision especially when there is popcorn included !  Matinees are always our choice and Hidden Figures was playing.  It was a great movie ! 

Finally, sunshine on Saturday. There is a bike trail next to the KOA that follows Sweetwater River to the Marina and Pepper Park.  Its a nice ride and Saturday the creek was full of birds.  I saw Snowy Egrets,  Blue Herons, Whimbrels, Coots and an assortment of ducks as we followed the river to San Diego Bay. 

First we stopped at the Marina...    

 then Pepper Park. 

 When I walked out onto the pier, I was face to face with a pair of Brown Pelicans.  I've never been that close to a pelican before.  

Today was farmer's market day.  Joe researched local markets and decided we would give Hillcrest Farmer's Market a go.  It was awesome !  There are two sections...  one for fresh produce, flowers and a few crafts and another for food vendors.  The colors, the smells, the sounds, the textures, and the free samples definitely overloaded our senses.

Until next time, 
The purple bike is mine !


Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Cabrillo Tidepools

San Diego Metro KOA
Cula Vista, CA
January 10, 2017

I visit the beach to walk and enjoy the pups and surf.  I go to the tide pools to explore and experience.  Yesterday, the low tide was at 2:03 pm and the weather cooperated for a fun day of doing just that...exploring and experiencing.  I'll say from the get-go, I didn't see many marine species.  A disappointment yes, but that didn't spoil my excitement for looking and being there. 

The Kellet's Whelk is the largest sea snail.  

 The home of a Wavy Turban Snail (characterized by having a heavily sculptured spiral shell) sits on a clump of surf grass. 
 The algae was especially brilliant.

Once these Gooseneck Barnacles attach to the rocks as larvae, they do not move their entire lives. 
 A Bat Star hiding under a rock.  
The solitary sea anemone is the largest of the Southern California anemones. Their color comes from the symbiotic algae that live in them.

Sand-castle worms are tube builders and almost always found in a colony.  Even though the worm is only 2 inches long, they cement together tiny grains of sand and shells to create reefs up to 6 feet long. 
Exploring works up an appetite. Snack with a view...
 And one last look before we go...

 The ride to the tidepools at Point Loma take you through Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery.  It's a beautiful and somber drive.

Until next time, let the good times roll.


P.S. Check out last years tidepool day in the featured post  (top right side tool bar).  I saw three stars !