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Lake Hodges Hiking

One of the best areas in San Diego for recreation is Lake Hodges.  The hiking and recreational opportunities are varied.  One of my favorite hiking areas is the bicycle/pedestrian bridge.  To access the bridge you need to exit West Bernardo Drive.  Parking is on the right side.  The Lake Hodges bicycle/pedestrian bridge is a ribbon stye bridge that was completed in 2009.  Lake Hodges is part of the San Dieguito River Park. This is a great hike for kids.  You can also walk your dog(s) as long as they are leashed.  There is a port-o-potty on the other side of the bridge.

This hike is a perfect combination of nature and urban site seeing since the freeway is close.  The fun part is when you go under the bridge.  There are many birds and places to explore.

For more information you can visit the San Diego river park website.

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San Diego Halloween October Guide

I love San Diego in October.  Even though we don’t get the full effects of fall as far as the weather, San Diego has a very different feeling too it after October 1st.  From all the Oktoberfest activities and Halloween adventures to the Airshow, San Diego is the place to visit and experience Fall.

Right now off the coast of San Diego is the phenomena known as “Red tide“.  The Red tide is a bio luminescent glow originating from phytoplankton (large qtys of plankton) in the waters off our coast.  Some of the better spots to see this is La Jolla and Carlsbad.  Of course the adventure begins around dusk.

Another great event is Oktsoldierfest.  Not your typical Oktoberfest, Oktsoldierfest benefits the Warrior Foundation.  Drinking beer, listening to live music that benefits our soldiers is a no brainer.

When you are done drinking beer, you need to pick up a Pumpkin.  There are a ton of spots in San Diego for doing this, the best spot is Bates Nut Farm.  Bates Nut Farm offers their humungous Pumpkin Patch, Hayride, Maze, Pony Rides, Petting Zoo, Picnic area and shopping.  They are open every day from 9-5 from September 24th through Halloween.  Call 760-749-3333 for more details.

Happy October!

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10 Fun things to do in SD

1) The Spring Busker Festival at Seaport Village April 16-17 12:00pm to 5pm (Free) Amazing street performers will converge for two days of acrobatics, fire eating, juggling, contortion, stunts, music and more.

2) Art Walk San Diego’s original Fine Art festival April 30th to May 1st

3) The Flower fields, the Ranunculus are in bloom, go take photos of these beautiful flowers

4) Taste of Hillcrest, Saturday April 16th

5) Summerpastgarden, Herbal gardens, gifts and Fairies

6) Benito’s Bunny Great Easter Egg hunt, Marie Hitchcock Puppet Theatre

7) Double Deuce in San Diego, sort of like Hooter’s meets country

8) Oceanside days of Art April 16th and 17th

9) Vin de Syrah Swanky Alice in Wonderland inspired wine haven

10) Cygnet Theatre, Cabaret

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10 Fun things to do in SD

Friday, February 4th Edition

1) Bite San Diego Tour This is a walking tour in Downtown San Diego centered around Food. San Diego + Food = Awesome

2) Take a Walking Tour of SD,  if you are not from San Diego, these tours have landmarks and attractions perfectly routed for you.  Walking Tours of San Diego or Carol Mendel Maps Walking tours

3) Museum month at Balboa Park

4) Marie Hitchcock Puppet Theatre presents: Chu Chu the Dragon

5) San Diego Wine & Culinary Center

6) Go see a Movie at South Bay Drive In

7) Eat a decadent dessert at Extraordinary Desserts, do a test drive for Valentine’s Day!

8) Belmont Park They have a few new attractions that are great for new visits or regulars. Try the Skyrope adventures or the new Octrotron.

9) Lambs Players Theatre – Steel Magnolias

10) The English Beat Belly Up Tavern Solana Beach Feb 4th & 5th

Upcoming February Events: Koalapalooza at the San Diego Zoo

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