Sunday, January 27, 2008

Balboa Park outing

Today, we spent the entire day in Balboa Park in San Diego. It is even more amazing than I remember from childhood. The weather was perfect for spending outdoors and going in and out of museums and gardens. We started out with the Automotive Museum and Sluggo tried driving a 1922 truck as you can see. The building had concept cars including a hydrogen powered vehicle and even a 1916 Harley-Davidson. I fell in love with an old Cadillac from the 1920s or 30s. Next, we hit the Aerospace Museum. It was jam-packed with the beginnings of flight to the space station. Some of the things I personally enjoyed were a Flying Tiger plane, Apollo space suit and moon rocks. After that, we moved on to the Japanese garden (which is still a work in progress and quite wonderful even in the state of winter dormancy. As you can see, there was a wonderful Koi pond with waterfall, bonsai trees and an overall serenity that was a delight. We ate lunch at the Japanese tea house, enjoying a delicious salmon teriyaki with rice and veggies.

Throughout the park were lots of wedding parties and quincinera parties along with their photographers. It was truly magical and there were some wonderfully charming young ladies and gentlemen who graciously allowed me to photograph them on this day. A quincinera is a very special occasion in a young girl's life symbolizing her transition from childhood into womanhood. It is filled with much ceremony and has a lot of religious significance as well. It was an honor to acknowledge such a day of celebration and to see all these beautiful young people filled with joy.

Onward to the Minature Railroad Museum and checking out all the different scale trains and dioramas. It was incredible how detailed they were and the dedication of the different groups creating these splendid displays. Sluggo, of course, was totally impressed and showed his enthusiasm.

By this time, we were ready for a cup of wonderful coffee and a bit of rest at one of the many fountains. Then, on to the Botanical Pavillion and the many varieties of ferns, orchids, bromeliads and cycads. Quite astounding. At this point, time was beginning to run short and we went into the Timken Museum where a collection of Russian icons, French tapestries and paintings by Boucher, Rembrandt, Reubens and VanDycke were on display as well as the most moving painting of Christ on the cross by Bartolome Murillo that I have seen in many years. It brought tears to my eyes. We really did not have enough time here as in my opinion, art requires time to view for true appreciation of the work.

At this point, the museums were closing and it began to sprinkle and we scurried back to the car and afterwards went to supper at a little Mexican restaurant that had started as a walk-up taco stand in the 1920s. The food was quite good and by this time, we were all pretty tired and ready to rest for the night. A good time was had by all. I know this is a really long post having nothing to do with knitting but thought you might enjoy a little excursion.

1 comment:

Pam said...

We lived for a year and a half in Poway, just outside of San Diego. We went to Balboa Park practically every week. There was *always* something to do or see. I lovelovelove that place. I wish every city had an amazing place that combined museums, gardens, architecture, and zoo. (sigh)