Monthly Archives: September 2008

The Landing Place

Juan Cabrillo’s September 28, 1542 landing in San Diego has some historic heft.  It was the first time any European set foot on the western coast of what’s now the United States. It took place 78 years before the Mayflower … Continue reading

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Three Reasons to Take Your Bird-loving Friends to Freeflight, instead of the San Diego Zoo

1) It’s cheaper. Freeflight isn’t in business to make money from tourists.  It’s a place where exotic bird owners can board their large and often noisy feathered friends. A sign asks visitors for a $5 donation.  The zoo’s current one-day admission … Continue reading

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Where the Buffalo Roam in San Diego County

There’s rich irony in the fact that Camp Pendleton — the busiest military installation in the United States — is also something of a nature preserve.  The 125,000-acre Marine Corps base occupies the last 18 miles of undeveloped coastline in … Continue reading

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The Wine Region Next Door

It may still be summer, but the harvest is well under way in the Temecula Valley (about 60 miles north of San Diego). Growers of sparkling wines started picking in the middle of August. Now the whites are being harvested, … Continue reading

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