Friday, May 04, 2012

One Weekend San Diego Wandering

Wildflower Carpet near South Shores Park, Mission Bay
Weekend, it's time for this site to get updated again :) As much as I wanted to share more of the joys from my wandering in this site, but it's just hard for me to write on weekdays when my mind is so tired when I get home. Last weekend, I was reunited with two of my friends, one from Chicago, and the other one, also here in San Diego. Time spent with friends always is priceless. We had so much fun celebrating the joys of friendship and togetherness, and sharing our love for the natural world. Our first stop was at Mission Bay for the carpeting of wildflowers (above picture), which of course, can only be observed at spring. After Mission Bay, our next stop was La Jolla.
Wildflowers @ La Jolla Coast Walk

Cormorants, a few pelicans and sea gulls @ La Jolla Cove
Harbor Seals @ Children's Pool
From La Jolla, we went to Torrey Pines Gliderport for sunset. 
Paraglider Above Torrey Pines Cliffs
Lovers watching sunset @ Torrey Pines
After Torrey Pines Gliderport, we had dinner at Jollibee. :) If you want to know why Jollibee is such a big treat for us Filipinos, you can check the post of my fellow Salitype Society sister Chay who recently featured Jollibee in our group's site. 
The next day, we started the beautiful day hiking at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve.
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve
After hiking at Torrey Pines, we were too hungry to go a few miles to Chow King (another popular fast food chain in the Philippines). We had quick lunch instead at Roberto's (Mexican), nearest restaurant in the area at Carmel Valley Road. After our late lunch ( we had lunch at 2 pm ), we went to Carlsbad Flower Fields to enjoy the field of colors.
The Carlsbad Flower Fields
After the Flower Fields, I was hoping to show them the purple fields at Del Mar-Torrey Pines trail, but sadly, the purple field was already gone :(
Trail from Del Mar Side, Looking Towards Torrey Pines to the South ( purple field now gone)
If you want to see how this trail looked like with the purple field, you can check my post in purple field of dreams and slowing down to smell the wildflowers. 
The next day, we explored the civilization part of San Diego at  Balboa Park walk which I featured very recently. 
 Orchids at Botanical Building in Balboa Park
Botanical Building @ Balboa Park
After Balboa Park, it was almost time for my friend's flight to Las Vegas where they were headed next, where afterwards, they will do a road trip from Las Vegas to San Francisco, via Death Valley National Park and the Eastern Sierra. Our plan to take a fun tour at Seaport Village did not materialize because we could not find parking, so we went to Harbor Island instead. Harbor Island is just walking distance or an earshot away from the San Diego Airport.
San Diego from Harbor Island
It is from my friend actually where I learned about planking and tebowing, so our time together had lots of planking and tebowing poses. 
Yeah, we just had to enjoy togetherness by doing fun moments such as these :)
Let me end this post with a friendship quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson,
"It is one of the blessings of old friends that you can afford to be stupid with them."
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  1. What a color sea of flowers.

    There must many bees, butterflies, caterpillars etc. waiting for your camera.

    I should be very busy if I am here.

  2. that sounds like a dream trip

  3. your landscapes are simply magic! really good-mood-making photographes....I love also the finishing sentence/quote-so true! have a great weekend!

  4. Sounds like you had such a busy weekend with friends and see amazing places. The field of flowers are spectacular!

  5. I have not had the time to blog as much either. I am behind on everything online, actually, lol! Sounds like you had an awesome time!

  6. hi there Betchai, I just spent time with an old friend too and yes moments spent with great friends are all the nature photos you shared again, the flower field is awesome, the orchids are delightful to see and Torrey Pines and La Jolla are dream places for me to visit...the lovers watching the sunset is such a wonderful photograph..I pray you do not get too tired at work and can have more time to spend writing and sharing with us the beauty around yah always friend...

  7. The spring can be so beautiful with all these flowers, enjoy your walks.


  8. i always forget to click my camera if i'm when my friends :-)

    that carlsbad flower field is a must visit place.

    lol at planking. heard about it last year but didn't attempt to do it haha

  9. Incredible beauty all around!

  10. There's a Jollibee and Chow King at San Diego??

  11. Wow! SO many seagulls at La Jolla Cove! And the Carlsbad Flower Fields is so colorful! : )

  12. What beautiful flowers! It's always fun to get together with old friends. I wish I could do it more often.

  13. I don't think I have seen so many beautiful flowers in one spot! Ah, I remember the La Jolla coastal walk. If I had the money, I would want to live in La Jolla!

  14. Indeed, time spent with friends is priceless. I was again fascinated with the beautiful pictures of nature that you shared here today. Thank you.

  15. Oh Betchai, if your weekend is to spend time seeing beautiful places like these, I am with you! Gorgeous photos of nature!

  16. love, love, love every bits of this post Beth. and i so love that RWE quote! ;)

  17. Sounds like you had a great time, with family and friends its' time well spent - whether good or bad. :-)
    I will have to visit San Diego again without kids, with kids we just do the kiddie stuff.

  18. Each of your shots were one better than the previous one!! Loved them all and my favorite one is the pelican and sea gulls one!
    Have a nice week ahead:)

  19. I saw a picture of a flock of cormorants and I thought it was the most cormorants I ever saw. Now your picture of them is the most I ever saw. I love cormorants.

  20. Times spent with good friends are always worth every second. Happy happy joy joy moment. Oh, and I can eat everyday in Jollibee and Chowking. :)

    Love all the photos. Made me sing - what a wonderful world.

    Happy weekend! :)

  21. Betchai, I love traveling around with you via your blog. You take me through such beautiful scenery. Time with friends whom you love and respect is forever a treasure. Enjoy each moment.