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Be careful near the monument — often home to a beehive.

Arroyo Seco Loop off Highway 79

Wide sweeping views? Check. An aircraft engine from the 1920s? Check. Bedrock morteros at a peaceful backcountry trail camp? Check. This loop hike includes the entire length of Airplane Ridge, breezes by interesting rock formations, ...

Ultimate irony: indoor playgrounds in San Diego

For those whose lives are only about fun and games

I used to go to indoor play parks only when it rained. Now I go when it’s over 100 degrees as well. At this time of year, it could be either. “We are an indoor ...

First week of fall — full of so many things to do

Miramar air show, Poway rodeo, Pacific Islander fest, star party, Julian apple days, Carole King music, Trial by Jury, school choice debate

Friday | 22 Miramar Air Show The U.S. Navy Blue Angels demonstration team and the Patriots Jet Team in aerobatic maneuvers. Civilian performers include Sean Tucker’s “Oracle Challenger,” John Collver’s “Wardog,” the Shockwave Jet Truck, ...

The torture of being Korean

Defector from the North, goose father from the South

Much of Hansol Jung’s Wild Goose Dreams takes place in a cyberspace Babel. Throngs of voices, mantras of zeroes and ones, and pop-up ads scream for attention, pinball off each other, and drift away. If ...

Getting buggy

Spiny lobster season opener

What bug can cost five hundred dollars? There are a bunch of them cruising along, especially near reefs and jetties. The hefty price tag is the fine for illegal take or possession of the California ...

Little worry of getting lost

Beauty between the 94, Sweetwater River, Steele Canyon, and Cottonwood Golf Course

The relatively unknown Par 4 trails wind through the east end of San Diego National Wildlife Refuge’s Sweetwater River Unit. The area is boxed in by Highway 94 to the south and west; Steele Canyon ...

Best SoCal day trips to make up for summer

Smaller crowds, better weather in fall anyway

Summer 2017, did you even happen? One day the kids were out of school, the next they were back in. None of us is happy about it. “Absolutely no Kelly family vacations happened this summer,” ...

Betty the Loon never had a dream with a happy ending

Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds — always popular with teenagers

Mr. Goodman and his colleagues at the local high school are convinced Beatrice Hunsdorfer is insane. Every time she calls the school, she’s either too syrupy-calm or tongue-ablaze raving. Does she love her daughters — ...

Best mid-September events

Taste of Downtown, pirates at Seaport, Steve Winwood, Kaaboo

Thursday | 14 Taste of Downtown Discover new eateries as you nom nom nom your way through downtown with bites from more than 40 restaurants in the Gaslamp Quarter, the financial district, and East Village. ...

OMBAC's Classic Longboard contest at Crystal Pier

Ready for a nine-foot board?

The Classic Longboard Surfing Contest, held in the waves aside Crystal Pier this Saturday, is sponsored by the Old Mission Beach Athletic Club. The club was formed and operated in the early 1950s, mostly as ...

Big baby looks over Tecate border wall

French artist JR the latest to use barrier as canvas

An art installation by a French artist that goes by the name of “JR” was unveiled at the Tecate border with the U.S. on Thursday (September 7). Taller than the border wall at 30 feet, ...

Burk's Bench — even better than Fonts Point

Palm Springs developer lost interest in Borrego

Most folks who drive or hike up Fonts Point Wash head to the spectacular viewpoint 4.8 miles from Highway S-22. It is one of the most scenic and popular viewpoints in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, ...

San Diego blues, beer, burgers, and Brazil (Day)

Plus three days of horrible movies

Friday | 8 Horrible Imaginings Film Festival The Horrible Imaginings Film Festival is a celebration and exploration of horror, sci-fi, and dark-fantasy cinema and literature. The eighth-annual event kicks off with a focus on local ...

Rodrick and Verhoye surprise concerts at Encinitas and Scripps Ranch

Local libraries unexpected showcases

The San Diego County Public Libraries have a vibrant concert schedule which gets lost unless you go to your local library on a regular basis to use the internet. The libraries have two concerts coming ...

Japacha Peak — like Cuyamaca without antennas

Chaparral and mixed conifers

While Cuyamaca Peak gets all the fame as being San Diego County’s second-highest peak at 6512 feet, its lesser-known neighbor to the south, Japacha Peak, sports panoramic views without antenna towers adorning the summit. This ...

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