Mission San Juan Capistrano was founded on October 30, 1775 by Father Lausen, becoming the seventh of twenty-one missions in Alta California. This pic shows its beautiful fountain along with Father Serra’s/Native American boy’s statues in front of the Great Stone Church.
links: Mission San Juan Capistrano
This pic shows San Elijo Lagoon filled with water after the big rain on Feb 27, 2017, when 3-7 inches of rain fell in the watershed that feeds it. Thanks to my friend Jack Springer for allowing me to share his great shot!
Links: San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy
A little beyond the “Unconditional Surrender” statue recently posted is the collection of statues entitled “A National Salute to Bob Hope and the Military” which presents various branches of the military gathered in front of Bob Hope as he entertains them. He began this labor of love in 1943 and continued for 50 years. One can see the USS Midway in the background.
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“Unconditional Surrender” is that iconic statue by Seward Johnson that purportedly recreates the famous image taken in Times Square on V-J Day by photographer Alfred Eisenstaedt, which shows a World War II sailor passionately kissing a nurse to celebrate. People love to imitate the pose underneath the woman’s skirts. The 25 ft tall statue is just south of the USS Midway Museum in San Diego, and can also be seen from the ship.
This pic shows two of the numerous peafowl that roam the Leo Carrillo Ranch Historic Park in Carlsbad. One of the residents is pure white and quite spectacular. These two are standing on top of the bunkhouse. Native to India, peacocks are normally an iridescent shade of blue while peahens are a more subdued brown, cream or gray.
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Located just adjacent to LEGOLAND and Sea Life Aquarium in Carlsbad, the LEGOLAND Hotel is a themed hotel with interactive LEGO features throughout. This pic shows the front entrance complete with a dragon. Ground has been broken nearby on a new LEGOLAND Castle Hotel, targeted to open in the spring of 2018, which will have three different room themes: Princess, Wizard and Knight.
Sea Life Aquarium is located adjacent to LEGOLAND in Carlsbad and is billed as “your child’s first interactive guide to the life of the sea, combining active hands-on learning with fascinating educational talks and up close encounters with sea creatures including sharks, octopi and rays.” I didn’t go in but did enjoy the large LEGO creations shown in this pic!
The Craftsmanship Museum is located in Carlsbad not far from the intersection of Palomar Airport Road and Melrose and boasts an outstanding collection of miniatures and models including automobiles, boats, airplanes, engines, etc. And they actually operate! The museum displays the finest automotive miniature ever made, a 1/6 scale model 1932 Duesenberg SJ which took 10 years and 20,000 hours to complete and contains over 6,000 custom made parts. And the museum is free!
Links: museum website
We just discovered the Leo Carrillo Ranch Historic Park in Carlsbad and found all the historic adobe buildings most interesting. The land and buildings were once part of a 2,538 acre working ranch owned by Leo Carrillo who portrayed “Pancho” in the Cisco Kid TV series of the 1950’s. This building is called “Deedie’s House” and was a place for Leo’s wife to escape and create art.
Links: F.O.C.R. Carlsbad Parks
As you can see from my pic of the clock at Disneyland that tells you how many days left until Christmas, it’s now down to zero. Merry Christmas! Have a great one!