|Subject: Re: Portland, OR and San Diego|
In San Diego you'll be able to get your fill of museums and gardens in our beautiful Balboa Park located in the center of the city. In addition to the world famous San Diego Zoo (with an incredible botanical collection too) Balboa park is also home to San Diego Museum of Art, the Timken Gallery, Mingei Museum of Folkart, the Natural History Museum, Reuben H. Fleet Space Theater, Museum of Photgraphic Art, Museum of Man, San Diego Aerospace Museum, San Diego Automotive Museum, Hall of Champions Sports Museum, the Marston House, the Japanese Friendship Garden, the Botanical Building, the Alcazar Garden, and the Rose and Cactus Gardens. You can preview the park at: http://makeashorterlink.com/?S1ED25859
Elsewhere in the city you can visit Cabrillo National Monument for stunning views of the city to the east and Pacific Ocean to the west. The museum details European exploration of this part of California and also explains the natural history of the area. See its website at: http://www.nps.gov/cabr/home.html
Adjacent to the monument is Ft. Rosecrans National Cemetary which always offers one a spectacular setting for a contemplative stroll.
Just down the hill from the monument and the cemetary is Shelter Island with excellent views of the harbor and Pacific Rim Park designed by local artist James Hubbell. The website for the San Diego Port District has information regarding a walking tour of its public art. This link will take you to the page about Pacific Rim Park: http://makeashorterlink.com/?C18F22859
A trip to San Diego without a visit to the Mission San Diego de Alcala is a missed opportunity. To understand the history of this area one must delve into the history of the Spanish colonization. The Cabrillo Monument is the logical first step to be followed by a visit to the Mission and then the ruins of the original mission and presidio at Presidio Park. The Mission's website is: http://www.missionsandiego.com/
Presidio Park located next to Old Town has a museum, archaeological digs, and a pleasant hilly park. Its website is at: http://www.sandiegohistory.org/mainpages/locate4.htm
Another walking tour of public art can be enjoyed on the campus of the University of California at San Diego. A visit to the Stuart Collection has the added benefit of affording one the opportunity to visit one of the most vibrant campuses in the country. Its website can be viewed at http://stuartcollection.ucsd.edu/
While up in La Jolla (where UCSD is located) you can also take in the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego situated close to beautiful La Jolla Cove. More info can be found at: http://www.mcasd.org/
While there be sure and stroll along the Coast Walk stopping by the Children's Pool for a visit with the harbor seals and California Sea Lions lolling on the sandy beach. If you are really serious about visiting parks be sure and pack your swimsuit snorkel and fins so you can swim through the La Jolla Underwater Park, Marine Life Refuge, and Ecological Reserve. http://scilib.ucsd.edu/sio/ocean/uwpk/
If you prefer to stay dry while viewing the marine life your best bet is the Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography. See it at: http://aquarium.ucsd.edu/
Finally two gardens worth visiting in the North County of San Diego are the Quail Botanical Gardens http://www.qbgardens.com/ and the meditation garden at the Self-Realization Fellowship Temple and Ashram Center in Encinitas with its outstanding view of the surfers at the adjacent reef break known as "Swami's". Directions and time can be found at: http://makeashorterlink.com/?W2E123959
By the way, I've posted other messages to the Zine regarding San Diego. You should be able to find them in the archive and they may have some additional suggestions.
Hope you have a wonderful visit to my city.
John in San Diego