Category Archive: California

California Mission Churches: Mission San Luis Rey

Leaving San Diego and driving north along the gorgeous coast, I came across a sign for the Old Mission San Luis Rey. There are 21 mission churches in California established by the Spanish… Continue reading

San Diego, Part 6: Random Sights

I saw plenty of other things here and there while in San Diego. I ventured downtown a bit, walked through shopping and tourist areas near the beaches, became an expert on I-5 traffic…… Continue reading

San Diego, Part 5: Sunset Cliffs

The Sunset Cliffs are bluffs along a stretch of coastline in the Point Loma neighborhood of San Diego, known for breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean. The area has trails for walking and… Continue reading

San Diego, Part 4: The Outdoor Gardens of Balboa Park

As I mentioned, Balboa Park also has an abundance of outdoor gardens and spaces for recreation and leisure. They’re all beautiful, trust me. The cactus garden is fantastical, the rose garden fragrant, and… Continue reading

San Diego, Part 3: The Architecture and Indoor Gardens of Balboa Park

Balboa Park is a massive urban park in the middle of the city, containing gardens, buildings, museums, and more. Much of it is dominated by the Spanish Baroque architecture created for the 1915… Continue reading

San Diego, Part 2: Torrey Pines State Park

I visited Torrey Pines State Park twice while in San Diego. Located north of La Jolla, the park is a reserve for the rare Torrey Pine and migrating seabirds. The coastline here is… Continue reading

San Diego, Part 1: The Beaches

My first stop on the California coast was San Diego and I did not want to leave. The weather was perfect, the water warm, the beaches free, the palm trees plentiful, the sunsets… Continue reading