Saturday, July 19, 2008

Tourists in Our Own Town

Our guests are almost ready to go home. My 2nd cousin, Moritz (from here on out referred to as MoMo) and his girlfriend, Sarine, have come to America from Germany for a month. They stayed two weeks in the PNW with my parents and flew down to San Diego almost two weeks ago. We have been having such a wonderful time! It is nice to have family and friends visit. It is nice to 'revisit' all the tourist areas and see all the beauty that I have taken for granted while living the last 15 years in San Diego. The awe has always remained in the back of my head, along with old phone numbers, names of childhood friends and memories like that. As with all reminiscing, it is good to re experience the joy of this wonderful area we live in.



Sarine. Her first day at the beach in California. I took them to our favorite little beach in Oceanside, Buccaneer Beach. There is a little 'hole in wall' galley across the street that serves the best 'heart attack in a bun' on the planet. But in our case it was a 'heart attack in a tortilla.' The best breakfast burritos on the planet come from Buccaneer Beach Galley. The coffee isn't bad, either.



Jonah enjoying his half of a breakfast burrito. He is like the squirrels that like to beg for food at the beach. He hordes the food in his cheeks while asking for more! He is a good eater and even likes to dip his burrito in the salsa verde that comes with the meal. Notice you won't see any pictures of Dante eating anything but PLAIN standard kids fare...burgers, nuggets, spaghetti.




Dante enjoying his birthday present from Grandma. I think this boy may end up a California surfer dude. He love to ride the waves! The first day we went to the beach with Sarine and MoMo he was hit in the face with a large wave (probably the same wave that gave Sarine a nasal lavage!) and ended up with a small rock in his orthodontia. (we ended up having to have it removed and replaced during his dental visit...it came loose.) A few days later he was again hit in the face with a big wave and ended up puking. He still 'wants to boogie.' Every day if he could. Next year he will be old enough to go to surf camp.







MoMo and Sarine and the kids enjoying the Oceanside Pier. It is the longest wooden pier on the west coast. It is a common sight to see fisherman fishing off the sides. The usual catch is herring, yellow tail and the ocassional leopard shark, sand shark or stingray. We witnessed a man catch a duck one day. Luckily he was able to cut the line, pull the hook and set it free. The boys love to watch the fishermen. Today was not a good fishing day, the only thing caught by a few was small herring for bait. Even the resident pelican wasn't around. He must have been fishing elsewhere. We did witness a regatta in progress. I have never actually observed a sailboat race so it was quite interesting to watch.








We spent one full day in La Jolla. We swam at the cove, near the children's pool. The ongoing controversy with the children's pool seems silly to me. Many years ago the citizens of La Jolla decided to dredge part of the coasline, build an observation deck and make a quiet little shallow cove for the children to play and wade. Well it ended being a perfect shelter for seals to pup in the spring and to take refuge the rest of the year. This infuriates some because the children's pool becomes off limits during pupping season and the rest of the year the area is to be used with cation, as the seals are 'off limits' to the human population. And I would think the water should be off limits too, with all the seals and their poop. I think the fight over the pool-should we 'get rid of' the seals so the human pups can use it-vs. co-exisit with the animals is silly. We messed with nature and are now mad that the natural world has taken advantage of our supposed ingenuity? Seems like we have lots of coastline to take our own pups. Leave the seals alone. They end up shark bait soon enough. We swam within viewind distance of the children's pool, about 1000 feet up the coast in another cove called 'shell beach.' I was amazed at the difference just from our own little beachy area we frequent in Oceanside. Our sand is fine and regular 'run of the mill' sandy quality. The beaches are wide and an occasional shell found is pretty rare. The waves hit the shoreline at regular intervals and the coastline from Encinitas, about 20 miles away, to Oceanside is long and straight. La Jolla is cliff-y with lots of little coves and caves to be explored. It isn't as windy as the coast is protected by the cliffs. The sand is different, too. At Shell Beach, it was like brown sugar. Carmel colored and large fluffy grains. The water was warmer by at least 5 degrees than in Oceanside, and there were shells at the waterline that had been pummeled into fine jewels. The water was so clear and when looking down at yoru feet, it appeared as if the bottom of the sea was carved out of stained glass. The purples and greens and pinks and blues that filtered the light through the waves was beautiful. I also found at least 30 peices of beach glass....old bottles or jars that have somehow ended up in the ocean to be crushes and rolled until the small peices end up on shore and appear to be prizes of amber, diamond or emerald. The swimming was not as good as at home, but the beach combing couldn't have been nicer anywhere!

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