Category Archives: Free and fun

Program this one into your GPS

Maps help me get to where I want to go and see where I’ve been. But they can do much more. The extraordinary new Map and Atlas Museum of La Jolla serves as a reminder that they can also conjure … Continue reading

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San Diego’s Best (Known) Public Place

A friend just sent me a copy of a recently compiled list of the Top 100 Public Spaces in the United States and Canada, and it was gratifying to see Balboa Park in the ninth spot. It is a great … Continue reading

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No More Sneaking In

For years, the only entrance to the section of the Scripps Coastal Reserve that overlooks Black’s Beach was to duck under or climb over a temporary looking wooden gate. The area was open to the public (at least during daylight … Continue reading

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Highs and Lows

I’ve written before about the unique pleasures of San Diego’s winter low tides, but last Friday I discovered another facet to them : biking on the wide, hard-packed sand.  My friend Howard Zatkin has organized an informal low-tide beach ride for … Continue reading

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Pony Talk and Donuts

I drove up to Del Mar this morning, parked at the racetrack for free, walked in the gates for free, helped myself to a free cup of coffee and chocolate donut with sprinkles, and settled down to listen to three … Continue reading

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The Purpose-Driven Hike

I’d never disparage the idea of hiking without a clear-cut destination.  Moving down a trail can be pleasurable in and of itself, even if you don’t care where you’re going. But hiking to something can also be a lot of … Continue reading

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Black gold

Although this is the traditional shopping season, there are perennial joys in getting something for nothing. In that category, everyone should know about the free compost available at the Miramar Landfill’s “Greenery.”  All compost offers something of the same pleasure.  It’s garbage, broken … Continue reading

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The latest crop

I had a chance to stroll by the newest crop (the seventh) of Urban Trees installed by the Port District on the half-mile-long stretch of Harbor Drive (between Hawthorn St. and the cruise terminal). This group of 30 was chosen from … Continue reading

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The 489 Secret Steps of La Mesa

I was charmed the first time I heard that a hill in La Mesa contains several sets of “secret” stairways.  That was back in 1988.  I drove out, found them, climbed them, and wrote about the experience as part of … Continue reading

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Festafare

The Little Italy Association claims that its fall Festa has grown over the last 16 1/2 years to rank as one of the largest Italian-American festivals on the West Coast.  I can believe that.  The mob of pedestrians made it … Continue reading

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