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Vineyard Hacienda   Leave a comment

 

 

Vineyard Hacienda in Spring Valley, California — Images by kenne

It’s not uncommon for people in Tucson to get away from the heat by either going to the White Mountains, Flagstaff or the San Diego area. The last couple of years we have gone to San Diego.

On our previous getaways, we stayed downtown, near Balboa Park, or at Pala Casino. Wanting to try something different, Joy started searching travel sites and learned about Vineyard Hacienda. It looked like a really cool place and had a lot of good reviews, so she scheduled a three-night stay.

When we left the forecast for Tucson was 106. When we arrived in Spring Valley the San Diego temperature was 105. So much for trying to escape the heat.

Vineyard Hacienda is a beautiful place, tucked away from a lot of hassle of metropolitan San Diego. Having only six rooms, the Hacienda provides the best of a B&B and a hotel. However, upon arriving, we learned the Vineyard Hacienda doesn’t have AC, a nice fan but no AC.

The temperatures in San Diego tend to be moderate, which is one of the reasons why it’s a great travel destination.  Having moderate temperatures in the summer is also why some authentic places may not have air conditioning. Under normal circumstances, this would be fine, but not during record-setting summer temperatures. 

We changed into our bathing suits and headed for the pool for a couple hours before going out to dinner at a local beer and burger place — great food. 

The next morning we learned that there was no water. Overnight the pump broke down. This was not good, especially since the forecast was for another day in the 100’s and no one seemed to know when the water would come back on. 

So, with no water and AC, we headed for the Coronado Island beach, followed by lunch in the Gaslamp Quarter of San Diego. Since it was still too hot to walk around the Quarter, we decided to head back to the Hacienda and spend the rest of the day by the pool.

As we drove back, we decided, water or no water we were going to check out the following morning, cutting our trip short by a day. Late in a day of another 105+ temperatures, the water was back on.

— kenne

An Old Red-clay Boy   2 comments

Kenne_ Art blog II“On The Roads Outside Of San Diego” 

On the roads outside Oshiobo,
I fell down on my knees
There were female spirits 

In old mud huts, iron bells
Ringing up in the trees and
An eighty-year white priestess,

Who made juju all night long
East of Woodstock,
West of Viet Nam.

— from “East of Woodstock, West of Viet Nam” by Tom Russell

Balboa Park Rose Garden   1 comment

 

Balboa Park Rose Garden — Images by kenne
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I am a lake, my poem is an empty boat,
and my life is the breeze that blows
through the whole scene

stirring everything it touches —
the surface of the water, the limp sail,
even the heavy, leafy trees along the shore.

— from “My Life” by Billy Collins

 

Happy Hour In Old Town San Diego   2 comments

Joy-2762_art blogHappy Hour In Old Town San Diego — Computer Painting by kenne

We stopped 
at the entranced
to the Mexican Cafe
for happy hour
on the patio.

“This way please,”
said the dark-eyed
women dressed
in a traditional
colorful Fiesta Dress.

We each ordered
Margaritas on the rocks
our way of reviewing
Mexican cafes
when traveling.

Music jumps
through the air,
venerable reminders
of European Polkas
brought by immigrants.

For good or bad,
our tastes for
Mexican food
continues to be 
biased by Tex-Mex. 

— kenne

The Flowers Of Balboa Park — Photo Essay   Leave a comment

The Flowers Of Balboa Park — Images by kenne
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Garden Artist — Free In The Moment   Leave a comment

Artist-1952_art blog sharpComputer Painting by kenne

She  labors in each moment
carefully connecting 
lines and colors
to create 
what
inspires the artist
becoming free in the moment.

— kenne

Big Bubbles — Photo Essay   2 comments

Big Bubbles (Balboa Park, San Diego, June 21, 2017) — Images by kenne
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Chasing big bubbles

You can look but not touch

Art and pretty girls.

— kenne

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