Posts Tagged ‘Southern California’

A Quick & Scenic San Diego Hike: Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve

A Quick & Scenic San Diego Hike: Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve
Text & photos © Catherine Nichols Vacationing in San Diego, California is a dream for many people, and I know how lucky I am to be here. During my 30+ years in San Diego I’ve appreciated the climate, the endless assortment of outdoor activities, and the natural beauty that surrounds me every...
June 23rd, 2017 | STAFF, USA MAINLAND, Scenic Wonders, WALKING/HIKING | Read More

Spring at the San Diego Botanic Garden, Encinitas, California

Spring at the San Diego Botanic Garden, Encinitas, California
Text & photos © Catherine Nichols With leaf earrings dangling from my ears, I got in my car and drove three miles to one of the best kept secrets of San Diego. Even though I live so close to San Diego Botanic Garden in Encinitas, California, I rarely visit. I decided to go this year because we’ve...
April 21st, 2017 | STAFF, USA MAINLAND, GARDENS & PARKS | Read More

California’s Finest Castle: A Quick Weekend Getaway to Cambria

California’s Finest Castle: A Quick Weekend Getaway to Cambria
Text & photos © Catherine Nichols There’s no better time than now to start fleshing out your summer plans. Sure, it may be the middle of winter and you may be freezing in your parka and mittens, but there are benefits to planning early. If you make your reservations now, you’ll likely find numerous...
March 25th, 2017 | STAFF, USA MAINLAND | Read More

The Birch Aquarium, San Diego: A Window on What’s Under There

The Birch Aquarium, San Diego: A Window on What’s Under There
By staff writer Cathie Nichols. Photos Copyright © Cathie Nichols. Spending a few hours at the Birch Aquarium in La Jolla, Southern California is as soothing as it is beautiful—unless you bring your three small daughters like I used to do, and then it’s just an elementary school-level lesson in...
September 18th, 2014 | STAFF, USA MAINLAND | Read More

Cabrillo National Monument, Point Loma, California

Cabrillo National Monument, Point Loma, California
By staff writer Cathie Nichols. Photos Copyright © Cathie Nichols. LIVING IN A tourist destination is not always a good thing. In fact, it sometimes borders on being a major inconvenience. For example, during the summer, my family and I do not go to the beach. We live about three miles from the white,...
May 8th, 2014 | STAFF, USA MAINLAND, Scenic Wonders | Read More

Japanese Friendship Garden, Balboa Park, San Diego

Japanese Friendship Garden, Balboa Park, San Diego
By staff writer Cathie Nichols. Photos Copyright © Cathie Nichols. One of the great benefits of living in a tourist destination is that there are days when I get to be the tourist.  Believe it or not, even after nearly 25 years, there’s a lot of San Diego I have not yet seen. On the first really...
April 20th, 2012 | STAFF, USA MAINLAND, GARDENS & PARKS | Read More

Play and Real Life Review: Tortilla Curtain, San Diego Repertory Theatre

Play and Real Life Review: Tortilla Curtain, San Diego Repertory Theatre
By staff writer Cathie Nichols. Photos Copyright © Cathie Nichols. AS A PERSON who prides herself on being on time, I arrived at Horton Plaza with plenty of time to spare. I parked on one of the upper levels and sat tweeting in my car for a bit. After all, I had plenty of time to make it to the San...
April 3rd, 2012 | STAFF, USA MAINLAND, SHOWS/FESTIVALS/HOLIDAYS | Read More