Sunday, March 25, 2012


 Happiness is
 simply enjoying

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Death Valley National Park: Behind the extremes

The Mesquite Sand Dunes at Stovepipe Wells Village, Death Valley NP, CA
Death Valley.....does it really describe its name? Or does it show the other beauty of life we oftentimes neglect to see?

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Fresh Water Tilapia Adapting to High Salinity in Salton Sea

White Sands (?) @ Salton Sea State Recreation Area Shoreline
From afar, the Salton Sea looks very inviting: white sand, blue skies, diverse species of resident and migratory birds, wildflowers swaying beautifully, 
Wildflowers Blooming @ Salton Sea Shoreline
and sparkling blue sea that is bordered by desert mountains. It looks like a piece of heaven. A refuge for wildlife. 

Friday, March 16, 2012

Salton Sea: The Accidental Sea

On our way home to San Diego from Indian Wells, CA where we spent our weekend watching BNP Paribas Open, we took a longer route home via the Salton Sea
 Salton Sea

 to North Algodones Sand Dunes, or Imperial Sand Dunes then back to San Diego. 
North Algodones Sand Dunes
The Salton Sea is one of the world's largest inland seas and one of the lowest spots on Earth at -227 ft.

Friday, March 09, 2012

Even Paradise Needs An Adventure Vacation!

In my dreams.....
I was in Cape Town! I had a wonderful hike, to the top of Table Mountain

Thursday, March 08, 2012

Purple Field of Dreams

Butterfly Happily Hopping from One CA Sea Lavender to Another, Torrey Pines- Del Mar Trail
Hopping Happily, happily hoping..... were the first words that came to my mind as we were greeted by butterflies fluttering happily in the sea breeze. These words, "hopping happily, happily hopping" are happy words that I heard first from my fellow TSS (The Salitype Society) sister, Zen of The Letters in November as she compares the beautiful and inspiring story of a resilient grasshopper to our resilience in surviving the woes and strife of life. 

Torrey Pines-Del Mar Trail
The day prior to this, I had shared in my post about how the butterfly was kind enough to wait for me to allow me to take a picture using my cellphone since I forgot to bring a charged battery for my camera.

Monday, March 05, 2012

One Beautiful Weekend Through My Cellphone's Lens

can you see the egrets and other birds behind these coreopsis?
A walk along San Diego River....FIRST Regional Robotics Competition....a walk on top of the bluffs right next to the Pacific Ocean.... and a warm weather! A beautiful weekend that almost passed away with only memories in my mind to reminisce. Thankfully, there was the ever reliable cellphone.

FIRST Robotics Competiton in San Diego Sports Arena
Saturday, our main agenda was to join the celebration of Math and Science in Regional FIRST Robotics Competition which was held in San Diego Sports Arena.

Saturday, March 03, 2012

Sunset Cliffs, San Diego

 Sunset @ Sunset Cliffs
Sunset Cliifs  is south of Ocean Beach and has several beaches below the cliffs that are accessible only through short but rugged and steep non-formal trails. The Park encompasses 68 acres of bluffs and walking paths high above the Pacific Ocean right next to Sunset Cliffs Boulevard. However, one can escape the signs of civilization high above by going down the bluffs. 
 Below Sunset Cliffs, the Busy Sunset Cliffs Boulevard is Hidden
Going down the bluffs however at Sunset Cliffs is not easy

Friday, March 02, 2012

Burney Falls

Burney Falls, Mc-Arthur Burney Falls Memorial State Park, CA
Burney Falls is the main attraction of Mc-Arthur Burney Falls Memorial State Park, in Burney, CA. This park is about 30 minutes drive North from Manzanita Lake in Lassen Volcanic National Park.

Thursday, March 01, 2012

Sierra Nevada Road Trip from Southern California

Since summer is fast approaching, I will be sharing here one of the summer road trips we love taking. The Sierra Nevada road trip offers one of California's spectacular landscapes . The Sierra Nevada got its name from its rugged mountain and snowy peaks. "Sierra Nevada" in Spanish means "snow covered mountain range".

Mammoth Mountain Peaks, Eastern Sierra, CA
Sierra Nevada is also known