San Diego

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.

#gallery-1 { margin: auto; } #gallery-1 .gallery-item { float: left; margin-top: 10px; text-align: center; width: 50%; } #gallery-1 img { border: 2px solid #cfcfcf; } #gallery-1 .gallery-caption { margin-left: 0; } /* see gallery_shortcode() in wp-includes/media.php */ IMAG0280 IMAG0279 IMAG0278 IMAG0277 (1) IMAG0276 IMAG0275 IMAG0274 IMAG0271 IMAG0269 IMAG0268 IMAG0267 IMAG0266 IMAG0265 Bookmark and Share

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

Bookmark and Share

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

Bookmark and Share

San Diego Mardi Gras Guide

San Diego Mardi Gras Guide – Fat Tuesday, March 8, 2011

The terms “Mardi Gras” (pronounced /ˈmɑrdiɡrɑː/), “Mardi Gras season”, and “Carnival season”,[1][2][3][4][5][6]in English, refer to events of the Carnival celebrations, beginning on or after Epiphany and ending on the day before Ash Wednesday. Mardi Gras is French for “Fat Tuesday” (in ethnic English tradition, Shrove Tuesday), referring to the practice of the last night of eating richer, fatty foods before the ritual fasting of the Lenten season, which started on Ash Wednesday. Related popular practices were associated with celebrations before the fasting and religious obligations associated with the penitential season of Lent. Popular practices included wearing masks and costumes, overturning social conventions, dancing, sports competitions, parades, etc. Similar expressions to Mardi Gras appear in other European languages sharing the Christian tradition. In English, the day is called Shrove Tuesday, associated with the religious requirement for confession before Lent begins. From Wikipedia

If you practice lent or not, Mardi Gras in San Diego should be an exciting time. From the several events going on in the Gaslamp to the many food options available in San Diego, we can all “Laissez Les Bon Temps Roulez” Let the Good Times Roll!

The Events

Mardi Gras in the Gaslamp Quarter 6pm to Midnight 21+ Event 2 Parades 7:30 & 10pm Gate is at E Street and K Street

19th Annual SAN DIEGO BRAZIL CARNIVAL Sat March 5th, 2011 Downtown San Diego Doors Open at 8pm – Show starts at 8:30

This spectacular Brazilian Mardi Gras Ball will feature the Stunning Brazilian Singer Dandara, Beautiful & Sexy Samba Dancers, Electrifying Capoeira Performances, and Nonstop Brazilian Music. There will be fun, feathers, fantasy and much, much more… So come have the time of your life at one of the best Brazilian Carnivals on the West Coast!

Absolut Hillcrest Mardi Gras March 8th, 2011

Crawfish, wonderful Cajun food

The Food, experience Cajun creole food right here in San Diego

The Chateau San Diego Enjoy live Jazz during Brunch on Sundays, from 10:00am to 3:00pm

Mardi Gras Cafe & Marketplace Order your King Cake here!

Bud’s Louisiana Cafe Great American Food in the New Orleans manner

Gulf Coast Grill

My favorite place, and kid friendly!

New Orleans Creole Cafe Located at the Whaley house Garden, what a great atmosphere

Crab Hut Louisiana Crawfish Kitchen

Bookmark and Share