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September 24, 2016

Mission Valley Preserve and PIFA–Hike and Bike

Mission Valley has shopping, golf, hotels, ballfields, condos, etc.  But it also has little known hiking trails within Mission Valley Preserve.  These trails are the morning destination.
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The preserve is bounded on the north by Friars Road, the east by Hotel Circle, the south by I-8 and the west by the Pacific Ocean.  However, the hiking trails only extend west to Morena Blvd.  The Bike Path can be used to extend the east/west boundaries.

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If you have been to Sea World, driven on I-8, taken your dog to Dog Beach … then you have seen the area we’ll be hiking.
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But first in the shade of the Macadamian Nut tree, I’ll attempt to repair the biggest rock chip from the Alaskan Adventure.  I picked up a Rain-x Windshield Repair Kit from Amazon.  The resin needs to be applied in the shade, but cures in the sun.  Rufus is shaded in the morning by the tree and there was little dew last night, perfect conditions.  The windshield will be in full sun for the rest of the day.
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With that done we’re off!  We’re parked opposite South Shores near SeaWorld, to enter the hiking trails across from the Trolley Stop.
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The concrete pillars supporting the trolley make a perfect canvas for the local spray-can artists.  I like the scene on the left, but expression comes in different forms.
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The kiosk at the trail head gives an idea of what to expect.
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The trails are well maintained with rest and picnic areas and a some trail signage, but no maps.
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The Serra Museum is south of I-8 in Presidio Park (I did previous blog on Presidio Park and Lucy), we’re north of I-8 on this trip.
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Either Cottonwood Grove, or the baseball field is a good place to pick up the Bike Path, currently the path extends from Ocean Beach to Santee.
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Again check out the differences between the commissioned works and those of the other spray-can artists.  Both certainly have talent!
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Now it’s back to the bikes!  I’m ok if you consider this cheating, as I mentioned we’re parked near SeaWorld – yes we drove that mile from home … it’s uphill going back :) and this is a long day with TWO events, plus the windshield.  TWO events in one day!?!
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Next stop is PIFA!  The Pacific Island Festival Association takes over Ski Beach every fall.  The only practical way to get here without a bicycle is to park in one of the outlining lots and take the shuttle, but it is a short bike ride just over the bridge.
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If you enjoy ukulele and drum music, watching gals with double-jointed hips, tattooed men in loin-clothes or eating white rice with Spam this is the place to be!
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Fran and I as Haoles settled for the BBQ chicken including white rice, macaroni salad, and cabbage.
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In addition to a couple dozen food stands there are twice that many vendors with island garb, souvenirs, gifts etc.
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The action on the main stage is pretty much non-stop!  The gals have a gentle sway, like an island breeze – while the men dance with the fierce intensity, like that of the volcano.  Both to the beat of a ukulele and drums.
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Did I mention pretty girls?  Here’s Miss Guam.  This years queen will be announced tomorrow – want me to go back?
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Oh and that windshield chip?  Not perfect, but better than I expected!  The sun is now on the windshield and there is a lot of reflection.
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Adams Avenue Street Fair is also this weekend …

BTW – Hawaii holds its own Ho’olaule’a Festival in De Anza Cove in April.  Also in April is the Shaka Fest held on Crown Point.  We’ll be at both, care to join us?

September 22, 2016

RVs Are Booming!

I read an article on Yahoo the other day that posed the question “If you own an RV, where do you park it?”  The full article focuses on real estate and adding an RV garage, which can be found here: RV Renaissance.
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And since there is an RV show at Qualcom Stadium  this weekend.  And I can walk to ‘The Q’ from the office ~3 mi RT down Murphy Canyon Road via the bike path.  Also this is going to be a bit of a rant as I step up on my soap box, but no worries I do have an ‘Urban Hike’ in mind that will be more interesting.

Murphy Canyon Road ends just south of Stadium Golf, but the bike path continues on through the Qualcom Parking lot.  I use the bike path to avoid the parking fees or registration when parking lot events are taking place.  Being a bit cheap Fran has also had to make this walk with me (in the dark!) for many Padre games - before PetCo Park.

If you drive down Murphy Canyon Road you’ll park here:
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The bike path follows the creek bed between I-15 and the Coastal Transport distribution facility.
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Last year as part of I Love a Clean San Diego, and in conjunction with the city adding recycled water, a major clean up of the bike path was done.  They’re back … the easy areas are again tagged and with a taunting ‘Catch Us if You Can’.

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The purple pipes and sprinklers indicate recycled water in use.  BTW – this section of the creek was totally choked with weeds last year – a nice clean canvas for the taggers Smile.
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A few pics of the 2017 RVs on the lot.  I‘m constantly disappointed that only RVs for sale are here, NEVER a 3rd party vendor.  No solar, LED, TV, GPS, etc. vendor has been to a San Diego RV show!  EVER! I'd have to go to go to Quartzite - the other ‘Q’ for for that…

George this is for you – a bumper attached swing out for your Weber BBQ!
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Another interesting idea, an outside entry to the bathroom!  I’m of the age where that’s not such a trivial idea!
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A full size Class-A RV new is close to 200k, but for 300k an outside TV is included …
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But my interest continues to be the smaller Class C and B+ models.  Our RV (Rufus) is based on the Sprinter chassis.  One of the short comings Rufus is ground clearance.  There is a Ford chassis in the center of this picture with better clearance.  However, Mercedes Benz has addressed this in their 4x4 offering!  I have seen the 2500 model as a 4x4, but this is the 1st I’ve see the 3500.  Nice – but expensive!
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So what’s my whine with the RV insurgence?  As the article indicates – parking!!!

<begin soap box>
Many national parks are now administered by ‘for profit’ concessionaires (Yosemite, Yellowstone, Glacier, Denali, etc.).  This trend has trickled down to many state parks, including WA - where we do spend some time every year.  Only 2 private parks on this years Alaska Trek were more expensive than a WA state park! 

With the increase in RV travel – who spends 300k to have the RV sit? – competition for campgrounds has greatly increased.  Reservations are nearly always required for popular weekends or desirable parks.

It seems that more tax funded (state and national) parks are opting to have for profit 3rd party entities take over the administration,  ARG!
<end soap box>

Sorry for the rant – but I feel better Smile