Sea Life Aquarium


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!

Craftsmanship Museum


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

Leo Carrillo Ranch Historic Park


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

Merry Christmas 2016


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!

Disneyland Christmas Fantasy Parade


The Christmas Fantasy Parade at Disneyland is a great reason to go visit during the holiday season.

“It’s A Small World” at Christmas


Among the many things decorated at Christmas at Disneyland is the “It’s A Small World” attraction.   Very pretty indeed!

Sea World at Christmas


A couple of days ago I went to Sea World in San Diego for the first time since 1973, and enjoyed the experience very much.  The crowd was small, the shows entertaining, and the Christmas lights were all aglow.  Nothing says Christmas like a well decorated palm tree!  I’m just glad I didn’t have to string those lights!

Coronado Bridge


This view of the Coronado Bridge in San Diego (with part of the USS Midway peeking out) was taken from the 1914 Pilot Boat that tours San Diego Bay from the Maritime Museum .  The 2.1 mile long bridge was opened in 1969 during the 200th anniversary of the founding of San Diego.  Its 27 concrete girders made it the longest ever at the time of its construction.

Links:   1914 Pilot Boat

Favorite View of San Diego


I never tire of this magnificent view of downtown San Diego from across the bay at Cabrillo National Monument.

St. Petka Serbian Orthodox Church


This pic shows the beautiful exterior of St. Petka Serbian Orthodox Church in Escondido.  The Serbian community in North County San Diego traces its history to 1961, with this church building being consecrated in 1991.  Services are held in Serbian and Church Slavonic.  Too bad that the drought has apparently halted the operation of the fountain.

Links:   SPSOC