On one postcard perfect spring day we had brunch with former neighbors Graham and Carol, attended Earth Fair in lovely Balboa Park and walked on Coronado beach...a quintessential spring day in San Diego!
|Fabulous brunch feast with Graham and Carol before heading to Earth Fair.
Earth Fair is held in Balboa Park every year for Earth Day and has grown over the years to cover most of this enormous park. There are displays devoted to every possible aspect of environmental awareness, plus the usual food and junk booths we see at every fair. I'll spare you photos of the variety of booths but will say that the people watching was fantastic, there were plenty of useful freebies and we enjoyed seeing the latest in environmentally progressive living, plus Balboa Park is always a nice place for a stroll.
|Hans under attack by the giant cactus monster!
|Balboa Park's rose garden was at its peak.
|Acres of stunning blooms!
|Seen at the World Beat Center...
|Drumming and hooping at World Beat Center.
|The perfect end to a gorgeous spring day in San Diego: a walk on Coronado Beach.
We've had a few unseasonably hot days this spring, with temps hitting 90 degrees in the inland valleys, so one lovely week day we headed to the Laguna Mountains with Martin, Estella and Chelsea to hike the Sunset Trail.
With minimal elevation gain, a combination of shady forest and wide open views, granite boulders and a couple of ponds, the Sunset Trail and Big Laguna Trails are just an hour from San Diego and offer a nice escape from the city heat (it's 20 degrees cooler in the local mountains).
|This pond is about one third full but we were happy to see any water in it due to the long drought.
|Big views of Laguna Meadow.
|Goofing around on the rocks with Big Laguna "Lake" in the distance.
|Big Laguna "Lake".
In a city full of craft breweries it stands to reason that just about everyone must know a brewer, right? Our friends Martin and Estella happen to be neighbors with one of the newest brewers in town, Mike Maass of Burning Beard Brewing. We checked out their tasting room in El Cajon one evening and really enjoyed the robust Holy the Voyd Coffee Stout on nitro and Rye the Lightning Pale Ale.
|Chris the brewer, Mike the co-founder, Martin, Estella and Hans.
One of the local weekly magazines, the San Diego Reader, features a hiking story each week. After living in San Diego for many years I am always surprised to discover a new place to hike. Crestridge Ecological Preserve is just such a place brought to our attention by The Reader.
We hiked a few of its 15 miles of trails which took us through rolling chaparral covered hills alongside avocado groves (both alive and dead), through oak groves shading morteros in granite indicating how lush this must have been at one time with a creek flowing and native people living here.
|Local sculptor and architect James Hubbell built this straw bale visitor shelter.
|James Hubbell mosaic sculpture.
|This wide road/trail took us alongside avocado groves at times and provided expansive views
across the chaparral covered hills.
Our extended stay in San Diego allowed Hans' band, The Sand Devils, to play another gig. This one was a private party at Sand Devils guitarist Ran's new house in celebration of his new home tiki bar: The Reverb Cavern. Thanks Ran and Dale for hosting a fantastic party!
|Lots of fun details cover every inch of this fantastic tiki room.
|Mixologist Ran behind his new tiki bar.
|The Sand Devils playing poolside.
|Another excellent surf band, The Insect Surfers, played as well.
As you can see, it's no hardship to spend spring in San Diego!