Star of the See

26166625523_d2a9e63822_zEvery time I sit down to write a post I think I have nothing much to say. And then, of course, my loquacious nature takes over. So, let’s see what happens.  I don’t plan my posts, they just write themselves. Thanks for putting up with them!


Deanna and Al are moving to San Diego. They have been back East for the past five years after leaving San Francisco, so I am thrilled. Deanna and I are as close as sisters. Second only to Geoffrey, she is my absolute BFF — and I have a lot of friends as I am an extrovert (could you tell?). But, I tend to make friends, spend time cultivating our mutual interests and then, as those interests or circumstances change, drift away.  I have rarely lost a friend completely because I never do anything to hurt anyone, and certainly never intentionally. But there have been toxic people who insinuated themselves into our lives from whom I have had to distance myself and my husband.


A lot of people are drawn to Geoffrey, especially women, but men as well. Funny, though, because he is a loner.  Truly indifferent. He is pleasant and friendly, but aloof with most acquaintances. Perhaps it is because he grew up in a big family, as the middle child, and had to create a space for himself.

What is great about this for me is that I never have to worry about spending time doing the things I love about which he is uninterested.  He has been indulgent of all my many and costly hobbies.  I have never met such a calm, self-contained individual. Exactly my opposite, the high-strung princess that I am.


Anyway, this is a long way of saying that, while in the past I had totally ignored San Diego, I am now utterly smitten.  We had gone there years back when I first arrived in Southern California. Each year Geoff’s parents would have a family getaway to Coronado Island at Labor Day.  We would use it as a jumping off point and so explored the entire lower California area during those trips. That included a few extended trips into Mexico.  I should really post on my experiences there.  Suffice to say, they involved Montezuma. More on that at a future date!


I loved various things about the area, I now recall, like Old Town, the Zoo and Animal Parks. There is a lot to see.  Yet, I was never interested in going farther south.  When Deanna and Al were living in Northern California, it seemed that is where we would ultimately land. Since it is now obvious that Geoffrey plans to work until we are centenarians (he vows never to stop), Downtown LA is our anchor and I have to avoid considering it an albatross.


We looked at various possibilities as I have already posted in the past few years and have pretty much decided we want to be at the beach. The problem being, of course, beach property in California is astronomical. Only Ventura and Oxnard fall within our reach. So that is where we will go when we cannot take the Tea Party Town we live in one more minute.


Much as I would love to move closer to Deanna et al. it isn’t doable partially for commuting distance needs to DT LA and partly because the farther south one goes in California, the more costly the standard of living. The average house where they are moving, is about 2 million dollars — can you believe that? Luckily Al inherited a fortune enabling them to pull this off comfortably. Not so us. We will be content with the two hour drive or train ride and see them when we can. I envision us living vicariously, at least, in this beautiful part of the world.


Back to San Diego.  We are now rediscovering its many charms for visitors.  Coincidentally, my Dad’s sister who had lived in Long Beach, just moved to a house on the beach in La Jolla.  So gorgeous, I cannot begin to describe it: rustic, comfortable, sprawling, with sunset views you cannot get anywhere else. Perched high on the cliffs over endless wild beaches strewn with driftwood and wildlife who come there to rest and renew.  We spent a week there in April and that is exactly how I felt. It was like being in Hawaii but not as enervating, more energizing.  We had late breakfasts overlooking the water dotted with surfers; then wandered on foot up to the Village for shopping and lunch, or over to the Aquarium with Anna.  We took long walks along the Strand that runs the length of California and collected shells for our nieces.  It was pure lux in a way that I had forgotten was possible in America.


Most importantly, my Aunt keeps the TV off during the day. At home, I have it on from morning to night every day.  It is just one of the backdrops of our lives when we are at home, along with the yard and the gardening and office environments in which I spend my day.  Amazingly, the world in tv-land got along without me. 😀


The title of this post refers to the importance of baja and alta California to the prosperity of the Vatican originally and then to North America.  It was discovered by the Spanish — via the Portuguese Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo — developed by the Church for transferring riches and revenue to the Holy City and establishing the basis of its string of Missions up the coast, as I have mentioned previously. It was the first of the seats of Catholicism founded by Saint Serra and was named for Saint Didacus.  So beautiful were the coasts, the water, and the perfect climate that what was to become Mexico and later America’s California discovered the notion of bounty without burden, beauty without obligation: people could live and thrive and develop economically, socially and spiritually in so hospitable a location, free of most impediments like natural disasters (for the most part) or hostile natives.


The indigenous Kumeyaay people were agricultural and artistic rather than bellicose hunter-gatherers and easily assimilated (not for their ultimate benefit, it turns out, as was typical of these colonies). The food, music, art, and vegetation were all blended into a relatively harmonious cultural and economic collaboration that put California on the path to being perhaps the second biggest financial center in the world today. It is no coincidence that it is called the Golden State: overflowing with sunshine, glistening beaches, sparkling waters and soil literally erupting to give up its treasure.


So, let me develop this more in future posts. I cannot simply describe and present San Diego in one chapter here.  In fact, it will probably supplant the location I had in mind for my summer travel sticky page. Watch this spot and in the meantime, please enjoy some of the hundreds of photos I took in April while staying with my Aunt.

Next up: Ashleep

Images: Chez BeBe assets: La Jolla, Califonia


24 Comments on “Star of the See”

  1. loved the pics and there were a number that I really liked. aquarium shots are so hard to take cuz you need the right light settings. do you have a wide angle lens?

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    • Thank you Jim!

      Yes, I have a 10-24 for one of my Nikons and the one I used here was 16-85.

      I have a fisheye for my Canon and work to make sure it doesn’t distort to much, or, cut off the side to remove excessive curvature.

      How about you?


  2. Beth, I am here to say you are blessed to have your Deanne and Al coming “home” to California. Granted this is not close to you, dear. San Diego has seemed like an idyllic place from here, from “afar.” My brother and his family took Felicia along on their West coast (and cross country month long trip) who enjoyed the Zoo and Aquarium.
    The fact you now will have a place to stay in La Jolla, with your Aunt us a bonus which makes me smile. Having family in pretty places with such a panaroma of sights and variety in experiences is a true blessing. ❤

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    • I am so thankful that the two things happened simultaneously because my Aunt is alone now (her husband passed away a few years ago) and wants people around her, and Deanna and Al are expecting, so their house will be crowded. What luck for me, you are right!

      Also, now I can reacquaint myself with that part of California. The weather and the beaches/ocean are the real attractions. And that Zoo is the best one in the US, so I will enjoy taking Anna and the new baby there (well, maybe not the new baby, lol).

      Every so often things come along to make life wonderful. ❤

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  3. Thanks for the tour and pictures 🙂 It’s been great to look at something other than pictures of the burning forests in my province of Alberta.
    I love that you and your husband compliment each other as an introvert/extrovert couple.

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    • Oh, JM, those fires are so upsetting! I didn’t realise you live in Alberta. I hope you are nowhere near them. What a tragedy.

      Thank you for the kind words. Yep, we are opposites except in diet and politics and philosophy, thank heaven. Good thing too, as two high strung nervous nellies would be one too many for this world, LOL!



  4. Beth!
    I was very happy reading the star of See, I was first put to trouble as to why the SEE.
    I think you have justified that.
    I am envying your Aunt’s place at La Jolla Beach.
    It seems to look like heaven on Earth.
    The San Diego description is good.
    I came to know that you are loquacious in nature.
    I was pleased to know that your posts write themselves, its the same case with me, when I start writing words just start flowing like a stream and after I complete I am myself amazed.
    Keep going Round,

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  5. San Diego is my sister’s family’s fave vacation spot. When the boys were little, they loved Lego Land and frolicking at the seashore (landlubber Arizonians that they are). I’d love to visit there one day. You’re lucky to be close and to have dear ones nearby. Lovely post, as always. Thanks Beth!

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  6. I truly love to follow your mind wandering in and out of here and there and ending up…somewhere else. I love San Diego…lived there 10 years. The best part is the San Diego version of Mexican food…it’s unlike Mexican food elsewhere. And the surf is pretty good. The first house I rented in San Diego cost me $25 a month.


    • Interesting that you point out the unique food. Exactly! California Mex is nothing like actual Mexican food. I didn’t care for the latter, despite my usual preference for native fare. But, I love our own version of Mexican food. When I first moved here from NY, I did what I always do: I ODd on rice and bean cups from, of all the horrors, Taco Bell. I literally ate it every day until I was sick of the sight of it. I did that in South America with other things that I may write about some day.

      Anyway, you could probably give me pointers on San Diego, having lived there! Isn’t La Jolla paradise? Too bad its so dang expensive.

      Thank you BF, you always make me smile. 😀


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