“Red” was sad to know that this was its last day in La Jolla because there was so much more to do and so little time! Further sight seeing with the escort was aborted due to the continued outbreak of fires. So “Red” decided to visit a few local attractions on his own. First was the fabulous, “fishy” Stephen Birch Aquarium where “Red” saw the feeding of the sharks and posed with two of the largest bronzed inhabitants.
Having heard that La Jolla is noted for it’s cuisine and five star restaurants, the “Red Chair” decided to lunch at one of San Diego’s finest, fun restaurants, The Herringbone, ( envision olive trees growing out of the floor ). The restaurants manager, Brian Lee greeted “Red” at the bar with a complimentary signature cocktail followed by a lunch of fish and chips and dessert. Finally that evening “Red” managed to find time to take a final stroll at sunset along the La Jolla shores. It was a magnificent sunset and the end to a rather exciting adventure filled with unexpected surprises.The Red Chair was grateful that the fires were finally being contained, the winds were dying down and friends were safe and sound. The Red Chair’s little red heart went out to those who were damaged by the fire and thankful that so many homes were saved by the sheer determination and unbelivable courage of the fire crews who battled without stop for days on end. To them he says “Job well done! Thank you.”
The second day got off to a good start. Following a three course breakfast at the Inn, including mimosas, “Red” walked over to visit the ” Sunny Jim Sea Cave ”
named such by Frank Baum, author of Wizard of Oz, because the opening bears a resemblance to a 1920′s cartoon character and mascot for British Force Wheat products named “Sunny Jim”. The entrance to the cave is a manmade tunnel which originates in the La Jolla Cove Store, allowing visitors access by land. The caves were breathtaking and worth the trek, 145 steep steps down into the bowels of the earth along the narrow hand hewn corridor. ”Red” was thrilled with the photo opportunity and a chance to finally see some seals. Out of breath, and having to stop to rest a few times on the trip back up, “Red” was happy to be top side once again. The next item on the agenda was kayaking.
Kayaking was provided by the “La Jolla Kayak” rental company whose kayaks are located at La Jolla Shores Beach. ”Red” found kayaking to be exhilarating and great fun,
but quickly realized that kayaking took a bit more skill and partice than originally thought. When the time came to return to shore catching a wave was a breeze, but manuvering the shallow craft proved to be more difficult. Instead of leaning back in the kayak as the craft crested, “Red” made the mistake of leaning forward – and you gussed it – Wipe Out! Once again “Red” found itself submerged in the briny blue.
Hence, “Red” decided to stay on dry ground for the remainder of the day.
Realizing that there is so much more to San Diego than just Sea World and the Zoo. “Red” decided to take a road trip to North San Diego County. A member of the Inn’s staff was assigned to be “Red’s driver and guide. On route to the Safari Park, they decided to stop off at one of the best known local wineries, Orfila Vineyards, whose wine is served on special occassions at the Inn. Here “Red” had an opportunity to meander through the vast vineyards and sample the fruit of the vine. ”Red” decided the Pinot Blanc and the Syrah were divine. Because of “Red’s” celebrity status, the Sommelier, honered “Red” with a complimentary bottle of each.
Animal Park was fun and exotic and “Red” especially enjoyed the winding drive up the mountain to Julian in anticipation of enjoying a piece of hot apple pie. And much to the “Red’s” surprise, Julian is not only home to the delicious “ Julian Apple pies” but to Chef Charles’s Chocolate Bombe for which the Candied Apple Bakery is famous. Julie, a baker from the East Coast and “Red’s” home town of Woods Hole in Massachutes, presented “Red” with a complimentary sample of this chocolate dream of a pastry.
On the way out of Julian, is one of the most charming and oldest, still operating school houses from the 1890’s, Spencer Valley, where “Red” was invited to join the children in a creative class room assignment making masks for a production of Julius Caesar.
All the characters were portrayed as different animals and “Red’s” character was portrayed as a Giraffe.
The children and their mascot the “Bee” found the Red Chair to be a novelty and “Red” got a little giddy with all the attention.
A little further outside of Julian, in a pastoral setting, is The Camel Dairy consisting of 22 head of camel.
The Red Chair absolutely adored the camels. Cleopatra, the grande dame of the herd, and her young handsome companion were like big puppy dogs. They loved being petted and followed “Red” every where, eager to be included in the spotlight.
And contrary to belief, they did not spit, even once. Interestingly, the Camel Dairy makes lush beauty products and chocolates made from the camels’ milk.
It was getting late in the day but “Red” didn’t want to miss out on a little Air Sailing at Warner Springs since they were so close. “Red” soared like a bird. But by the time “Red” landed, the Santa Anna’s had really picked up and were blowing so hard it was impossible to even talk as the words were lost in the wind.
But it was decided that they could visit one more winery before the day ended. ”Red” was enjoying the sunshire relaxing in the vineyard when suddenly the escort took off in the car without a word and in a billow of dust. How could this be happening, abandoned in the outskirts of Julian, in a vineyard with no means of transportation? Oh well, what else is a “Red Chair” to do but stay put, hug a vine, and wait to see what is going to happen. Within 20 minutes the escort was back, barreling up the road. Coming to a screeching halt the escort jumped out of the car in a fit of panic, begging for forgiveness. “I am so sorry, so so sorry. It was an emergency and I completely lost it ! I was half way down the mountain before I realized you weren’t in the car, and I immediately turned around and rushed back. I am so, so sorry. She proceeded to explain the reason for her abrupt departure. As “Red” had been basking in the vineyards, the escort had received a number of cell phone messages from friends and family wanting to know where she was because fires were breaking out all over San Diego, North County, and one was burning dangerously close to her house in Carlsbad. Residences were being evacuated. There were also fires to the north in Pendelton, and fires were breaking out in Escondido and San Marcos. She apologized that they would have to abort any further sight seeing and try to get back to Carlsbad as quickly as possible. The escort attempted to out run the fires and find a way around them while the black smoke plumes filled the skies. Luckily, the Del Dios highway was still open and they were able to make it to Carlsbad to reunite with family members. The “Red Chair” stayed with the escort and her family through the night rather than returning to the Inn. Through it all “Red” was a comforting companion; a silent presence that was a source of strength. Be sure to check back next week for more travels of ”The Red Chair’s” and the last day in La Jolla and the outcome of the San Diego fires.
Aaah! Finally! The Red Chair reaches the Pacific Coast. Over a 3,000 mile journey from it’s home , Woods Hole, MA on the East Coast. The first stop for the “Red Chair” here in San Diego was the 1906 Lodge in Coronado where it enjoyed the company of Sue Nelson, Innkeeper, and the Lodge’s wonderful staff. Then it was off to San Diego’s premiere beach community, La Jolla Village by the Sea where “Red” was the guest of The Bed & Breakfast Inn at La Jolla.
Following a respite of wine and cheese in the charming Inn’s peaceful gardens and catching a few rays on the the bougainvillea drenched sun deck , ”Red” quickly got into the beach scene and blended right in!
- “Red” was also eager to visit the famous, or should we say “infamous” seals, who have taken over the “La Jolla Children’s Pool” acquiring national media attention! So, “Red” headed off to the pool to get up close and personal with the seals; but low and behold, there were no seals since mating season had long since passed. Understanding that all does not go perfectly as planned when one is having an adventure, “Red” was not to be discouraged and decided instead to take in a little art and culture at the La Jolla Museum of Contemporary Art just steps from the Inn. At the Museum, ”Red” was impressed and awed by the hugh sculptures located in the museum gardens also offering one of the most dramatic ocean views of the La Jolla coast.
- Next was a visit to the nearby La Jolla Tide Pools. Determined to thoroughly explore and photograph the tiny, fascinating creatures that inhabit the tide pools- which range from very shallow to quite deep- “Red” boldly ventured further and further out onto the, slippery, moss covered, craggy rocks.
- All was going splendidly, until, when to “Red’s” surprise, it’s legs were suddenly going out from under it and “Red” was submerged legs over seat – along with it’s expensive digital camera- in a tide pool the size of a bathtub. Unable to get purchase on the slippery rocks “Red” splashed and thrashed about like a beached whale as a young man and his son ran to it’s rescue. “Red”, upon being uprighted, began laughing rather hysterically out of embarrassment, claiming it was not injured and was absolutely fine. But the young father, thinking it may have hit it’s top slat when it fell, insisted on assisting “Red”, lending a hand and even lifting it up over the rocks until it was safe on sandy, flat ground. Unfortunately, the camera did not fare as well. Even though the chip was not ruined the camera was totally destroyed. “Red’s” original plan for the end to it’s first day was to do a little hang gliding and para gliding at La Jolla’s Torrey Pine Gliderport. However, conditions were very poor for gliding due to the sudden appearance of the un-seasonally hot, dry Santa Ana winds. So after taking in the view from the Glider Cliffs , wet, soggy, and covered in sand from the unexpected dip in the tide pools, “Red” decided to call it a day. “You can view the entire adventure of The Red Chair’s journey across the U.S. by going to www.redchairtravels.com And be sure to join us next week on our blog to hear more about the Adventurous Travels of The “Red Chair” during it’s stay with us. – THE SAGA CONTINUES for 2 more days including the San Diego Wild Fires.
In addition to the beach, sun and sea, snorkeling, kayaking, hang gliding, and Stephen Birch Aquarium there are also the Concerts at the Cove in La Jolla in the month of August and a number of events and celebrations going on in and around La Jolla/ San Diego that you won’t want to miss out on.
LA JOLLA CONCERT AT THE COVE! Sunday afternoons July 7 through Sept. 1 from 2 – 4pm, enjoy the sounds of live music at the Ellen Browning Scripps Park at La Jolla Cove. Family Friendly and FREE summer concerts for everybody. With a wide range of musical styles for everyone’s ( of any age ) enjoyment overlooking La Jolla Cove. The Food trucks on site give a portion of their proceeds to support the concerts.
For more information, visit: http//www.lajollabythesea.com/hautelajollanights or call 858 454 5718
2nd Annual Steel Beach Party & Beer Brew Fest
Groove to the sounds of Island Fever’s steel drum band, and then dance the night away to the cool beach sounds of Woodie & The Longboards. Enjoy lots of amazing food and take home a commemorative beer tasting cup! Refer to website for admission information.
Time: 6:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Location: 910 Harbor Dr., San Diego
For more information visit www.midway.org/steel-beach
August 2 – 4
Latin American Festival/Mata Ortiz Pottery Market
This event serves up one of the nation’s most extensive collections of authentic Mexican folk art, traditional clothing and textiles, colorful collectibles and dazzling jewelry, in addition to nonstop musical entertainment and authentic Mexican cuisine. Bazaar del Mundo’s parking lot will be transformed into avibrant marketplace ensconced beneath a colorful array of shading umbrellas.
This is a free event.
Time: Refer to website for specific times
Location: 4133 Taylor St., San Diego
For more information visit http://bazaardelmundoblog.com/
August 9 – 11
Julian StarFest 2013
This is a four-day festival focused around the field of astronomy. Julian is known for its clear dark skies and one of the best locations in Southern California for observing. The festival includes a free public Star Party on Saturday night, astronomy related exhibition areas, guest speakers presenting on astronomy related subjects, a swap meet and a raffle with some great astronomy prizes.
Refer to website for admission information.
Time: Refer to website for specific times
Location: Menghini Winery, 1150 Julian Orchards Dr., Julian
For more information visit www.julianstarfest.com
August 10 – 11
Philippine Cultural Arts Festival
The two day family-oriented, alcohol-free cultural event showcases traditional folk dances of the Philippines, folk songs, Rondalla String Ensemble and Kulintang music of Southern Philippines. The second half of both days features mainstream entertainment by youthful Filipino-Americans, including a singing talent show, hip-hop, jazz dances, and other variety numbers by Asian and Pacific Islander guest artists. Vendor booths feature photo exhibits, Philippine crafts, Filipino food, and more. This is a free event.
Time: 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Location: Balboa Park, corner of Presidents Way & Park Blvd.
For more information visit www.samahanphilippinedance.com
Annual Hillcrest CityFest Street Fair 2013
CityFest 2013 is going to be a spectacular feast for the senses! With over 250 arts, crafts, and food vendors, a grand stage, and a beer garden, there is sure to be something for everyone to enjoy. CityFest boasts a one-of-a-kind magical atmosphere; the intersection under the Hillcrest sign is going to be closed off and will enclose a Grand Stage and a lush Spirit’s Garden.
Time: 12:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Location: 5th Ave. and University Ave., Hillcrest
For more information visit www.fabuloushillcrest.com
The San Diego Beer Run
A 5K and 10K run along the bay benefiting Access Youth Academy.
For athletes of all levels. Post-race festivities include food vendors and beer
from Stone Brewery and other local breweries. Check-in and day-of registration begin at 6:30 a.m. All runners over the age of 21 will receive a drink voucher
for one beer.
Time: 7:30 am – 11:30 am
Location: Ruocco Park, 585 Harbor Ln., San Diego
For more information visit www.accessyouthacademy.org
August 16 – 18
Summergrass San Diego Bluegrass Festival 2013
This premier Southern California bluegrass festival, put on by the San Diego Bluegrass Society and the San Diego North County Bluegrass & Folk Club, boasts a weekend of live bluegrass music from national, international, regional and local bands, music workshops, impromptu jam sessions, vendors, raffle prizes, kid’s activities, food and much more.
Time: Refer to website for specific times
Location: Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum (AGSEM), 2040 N. Santa Fe Ave., Vista
For more information visit www.summergrass.net
Weezer – Del Mar Four O’Clock Fridays
Following the last race - Weezer! Concerts are standing room only are free
with paid racetrack admission ($6 for Stretch Run and $10 for Clubhouse).
For concert-only access following the last race, admission is $20.
The first race is at 4pm with the last race scheduled for approximately 7:30pm.
Time: 7:00 pm
Location: Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar
For more information visit www.delmarscene.com/concerts
TwainFest in Old Town
This is a free family-friendly festival that celebrates the writing of Mark Twain and his contemporaries. This will be TwainFest’s fourth annual celebration of mid-19th century American arts and culture. TwainFest will present stories, music, professional actors and musicians, puppets, poems, inventive games and delightful performances plus a brand new feature called “History on the Move”
presented by Wells Fargo Bank.
Time: 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Location: Old Town San Diego State Historic Park, 2754 Calhoun St., San Diego
For more information visit www.writeoutloudsd.com
San Diego Bark for Life
A noncompetitive walk event for dogs and their owners to raise funds and awareness for the American Cancer Society. Walk followed by demonstrations, contests, and games.
Time: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Location: Kate Sessions Park, 5115 Soledad Rd., San Diego
For more information visit main.acsevents.org/site/TR/RelayForLife/BFLCY13CA?pg=entry&fr_id=47943
August 24 – 25
ArtWalk San Diego
ArtWalk San Diego features visual artists as well as some of San Diego’s top music and dance performances. Attendees have the opportunity not only to purchase original fine artwork, but also the opportunity to meet the artists and learn about their work and their inspiration. This is a free event.
Time: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Location: Ingram Plaza NTC Liberty Station, 2640 Historic Decatur Rd., San Diego
For more information visit www.artwalksandiego.org/ntc/
Bike the Bay
The sixth annual noncompetitive 25-mile community bike ride for all levels of riders passes through the cities of San Diego, Coronado, Imperial Beach, Chula Vista and National City and ends with a festive celebration with food, entertainment, and a New Belgium beer garden.
Time: Sunday, August 25, 6:30 a.m. to noon
Location: Embarcadero Marina Park South, 206 Marina Park Way, San Diego
For more information visit www.bikethebay.net
Festival of Sail – Tall Ship Parade
Join the celebration as part of the flotilla of ships that sails into San Diego Bay to kick off Festival of Sail 2013! Sail aboard the official tall ship of California, the Californian, as she leads the parade of ships down San Diego Bay and to their docking spaces at the Maritime Museum. Refer to website for admission information.
Time: 8:30 am – 1:00 pm
Location: 1492 N Harbor Dr., San Diego
For more information visit www.sdmaritime.org/tall-ship-parade
August 30 – 31
US Sand Sculpting Challenge and 3D Art Exposition
Hundreds of thousands have gone to this event each year to see master-class sculptors build beautiful 3-dimensional works of art. Now many of the world’s finest artists will come to create the most amazing sculptures ever. This is a
four day extravaganza for the whole family!There will be entertainment
all weekend long.
Time: 9:00 am – 7:00 pm
Location: B Street Cruise Ship Terminal Pier, 1140 North Harbor Dr., San Diego
For more information visit www.ussandsculpting.com