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Make a splash on the SEAL!

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Sometimes, in order to see the best of San Diego, you have to leave the driving to someone else.

The first time I remember hearing about driving was when our family was driving home to Brigham City, Utah, from Salt Lake City one snowy, dark, winter night. Dad was tired and mom offered to drive. After pulling over and switching seats, mom proceeded to take us on down the highway. I don’t remember how long it was, but mom was driving when we skidded on some ice and spun around, coming to a stop at the edge of the road, which happened to be a cliff with a long drop-off to the canyon below. Fortunately, the guardrail, while damaged, did its job. Dad said something about how things go bad when you leave the driving to someone else. He might have said something about women drivers, but I’m not going there……………….

I’m here to tell you, though, that you should make a Splash on the SEAL and leave the driving to someone else.

Make a Splash on the Seal

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SEAL tours are unique in that they start on land, either at Seaport Village or the Star of India, drive around to Shelter Island and then into the water. Going into the water is a unique experience itself; it just doesn’t seem right. They will motor around San Diego Bay for a while and take you out to see Mother and Father Nature’s seals and the submarine base before driving up and out of the ocean and back to your starting point.

Make a Splash on the Seal

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The whole narrated trip takes about 90 minutes and costs only $36 for adults, $19 for children age 4-12, and free for children under age 4.

seaport village (1)-500If you buy your tickets online, there is a discount.

Reservations are required but you cannot make reservations online. You’ll have to go to Seaport Village or the Star of India to make your reservations. The Star of India stop is seasonal — “seasonal” usually means during tourist season, about Memorial Day through Labor Day — so I’d recommend making Seaport Village your point of origination. Besides, if your ride is more than 30 minutes in the future, there is megastuff to do at Seaport Village and Marina Park.

A walk around Marina Park or through Seaport Village provides you with beautiful views of the Bay, the Coronado Bridge, Coronado, and downtown San Diego, as well as shopping and dining.

Some of what I saw when I made a Splash on the SEAL:

Marina Park at Seaport Vilage

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Most of the kites are demonstration kites from the coolest kite store ever, located at Seaport Village just steps away from the flying kites. Except when the kite store is closed, there are always kites flying to keep the children (and your inner child) entertained.

Balanced rocks at Seaport Village in San Diego

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Marriott towers and Harbor Club towers

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Into the water we go!

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Pelicans on the SEAL tour in San Diego

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Seals and sea lions from the SEAL tour in San Diego

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Seals and sea lions seen on the SEAL tour

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San Diego County has the free world’s largest concentration of military personnel, so it’s highly likely that you’ll see military helicopters, planes, and ships when you make a Splash on the SEAL. By the way, SEAL stands for “SE And Land” tour.

Navy ship in San Diego

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Helicopter shower

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USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70)

USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70)

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Submarine and tugboat

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I got that submarine picture with my 300 mm lens; the tours are only allowed to get within a certain distance of military vessels.

Atessa IV mega-yacht in San Diego

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Tall ship in San Diego

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A visit to La Jolla, California

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If you come to visit San Diego, be sure to put a visit to La Jolla on your list of things to do. La Jolla is about 25 miles north of downtown San Diego:

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P.S. If you fly into San Diego, sit on the left side of the airplane. The view of downtown San Diego as you are landing is magnificent.

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Beluga whale at SeaWorld San Diego

Recently cataloged pictures from SeaWorld

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Some recently cataloged pictures from a trip to SeaWorld San Diego earlier this year. Wildlife names are in the mouseovers.

Roseate spoonbill at SeaWorld San Diego

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Monitor at SeaWorld San Diego

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Beluga whale at SeaWorld San Diego

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Penguin at SeaWorld San Diego

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Puffins at SeaWorld San Diego

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Penguin at SeaWorld San Diego

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Penguin at SeaWorld San Diego

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Sea turtle at SeaWorld San Diego

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Egret at SeaWorld San Diego

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Dolphin at SeaWorld San Diego

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Orca whales at SeaWorld San Diego

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Black-crowned night heron at SeaWorld San Diego

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Sea turtle at SeaWorld San Diego

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Rabbit at SeaWorld San Diego

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Sea lion at SeaWorld San Diego

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Sunset at La Jolla Cove, 10-17-12, La Jolla, California

Negative low tide, magnificent sunset, and a fellow WordPress blogger

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I know of two fellow WordPress bloggers here in San Diego County:
2 Rivers Photos and Enchanted Seashells. I let both of them know that there was a negative low tide at 5:25 p.m. yesterday. I have found in my 19 years here in San Diego that negative low tides for some reason often bring great sunsets. Yesterday did not disappoint in either respect, although only Bashar (2 Rivers Photos) was able to join Jim and me at the La Jolla Cove.

A negative low tide is when the water level is below the average low tide. That can sometimes make it difficult to determine whether or not the negative low tide will be one worth going to see, so I usually choose the lowest of the negative low tides for the year; check your local tide table for your area. Yesterday’s negative low tide was well worth seeing.

Jim and I left San Diego State University at 4:40, hoping that rush hour traffic north to La Jolla would not be bad. Not only was traffic great, but we got a parking spot in La Jolla right at La Jolla Cove. That has never happened before. Omen of a great time.

I set about taking pictures of underwater things that were no longer under water:

La Jolla Cove at negative low tide

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La Jolla Cove panorama, La Jolla, California

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The beach I was standing on is normally under about ten feet of water and that big rock in the first picture usually has just its top exposed — the section with all the pelican poop on it. Speaking of pelicans, they were being photogenic:

Pelican in La Jolla, California

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In the following panorama of the La Jolla Cove (done using five separate pictures and the Photomerge function in Photoshop CS6), you can see Bashar on the seawall with his tripod (click on the picture for a bigger image):

La Jolla Cove panorama, La Jolla, California

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Bashar had arrived before us and refused to wait, going off on his own to take pictures. I was so sad and depressed (not really; just had to dig Bashar a little ☺☺☺☺☺). Jim and I eventually caught up with Bashar and I snuck a picture while he wasn’t looking:

Bashar at La Jolla Cove, La Jolla, California

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We headed over to the tidepools but I think the tidepool wildlife had headed south for the winter.

Tidepool at La Jolla Cove, La Jolla, California

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Although we saw very little tidepool wildlife, the seals and sea lions were enjoying the exposed rocks and seaweed, as well as the setting sun:

Seals and sea lions at La Jolla Cove, La Jolla, California

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Seals and sea lions at La Jolla Cove, La Jolla, California

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Seals and sea lions at La Jolla Cove, La Jolla, California

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Many birds were enjoying finding bits of food in the tidepools:

Birds at La Jolla Cove, La Jolla, California

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Birds at La Jolla Cove, La Jolla, California

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Birds at La Jolla Cove, La Jolla, California

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And the sunset was one of the most spectacular I’ve ever seen. Here are eleven as a sample of the 110 sunset pictures I took yesterday:

Sunset at La Jolla Cove, 10-17-12, La Jolla, California

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Sunset at La Jolla Cove, 10-17-12, La Jolla, California

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Sunset at La Jolla Cove, 10-17-12, La Jolla, California

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Sunset at La Jolla Cove, 10-17-12, La Jolla, California

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Sunset at La Jolla Cove, 10-17-12, La Jolla, California

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October 17, 2012, sunset in La Jolla, California

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Sunset at La Jolla Cove, 10-17-12, La Jolla, California

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Sunset at La Jolla Cove, 10-17-12, La Jolla, California

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Sunset at La Jolla Cove, 10-17-12, La Jolla, California

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Sunset at La Jolla Cove, 10-17-12, La Jolla, California

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Sunset at La Jolla Cove, 10-17-12, La Jolla, California

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SeaWorld San Diego

My, what interesting ears you have

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I went to SeaWorld this morning for my daily walk. Try as I might to walk right by the seals and sea lions, I can never do it.

SeaWorld San Diego

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SeaWorld San Diego

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SeaWorld San Diego

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SeaWorld San Diego

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Except for the second picture, those all are sea lions. The second picture is a seal. Know the easiest way to tell the difference? Sea lions have external ear flaps, seals have a smooth surface with just an ear hole.

All of the seals this morning were sleeping while the sea lions were posing and eating. Here’s a California sea lion proudly showing you his external ear flap:

SeaWorld San Diego

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Day at the Docks, San Diego, California

Day at the Docks

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San Diego has a long history as a fishing town. There are always fishing boats coming and going but I never knew where they had their docks. Earlier this year I found them when the City of San Diego sponsored Day at the Docks. Following are some pictures from my few hours there. As you’ll see, more than just people showed up!

Day at the Docks, San Diego, California

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Day at the Docks, San Diego, California

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Day at the Docks, San Diego, California

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Day at the Docks, San Diego, California

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Day at the Docks, San Diego, California

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Day at the Docks, San Diego, California

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Day at the Docks, San Diego, California

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Day at the Docks, San Diego, California

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Day at the Docks, San Diego, California

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Day at the Docks, San Diego, California

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Fisherman's Landing, San Diego, California

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