Week Thirteen: #37 – Rows and Rows of… (10/24/14 – 10/30/14)

#37 – Rows and Rows of…Heroes – For this theme, I visited Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery, located about ten miles west of San Diego, with San Diego Bay on one side and the Pacific Ocean on the other. This cemetery is on the ground of the former Army coastal artillery station Fort Rosecrans. It was registered as a California Historical Landmark in 1932, and is spread out over 77.5 acres.

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Concrete walls for cremated remains were added as the cemetery got close to being full – it was actually closed to new burials in the 1960s – and this addition has allowed thousands of WWII veterans to be interred here.

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And this obelisk is a monument to 62 souls lost on the USS Bennington in 1905 while it was on a search for a disabled ship.

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It is more than humbling to drive along Catalina Avenue in Point Loma and see these starkly white gravestones on both sides of the road, as far as the eye can see. But to those for whom this offers some comfort, it’s a beautiful view of water on either side, and a fitting resting place for so many who served and some of their family members.

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Week Twelve: #29 – On Two Wheels (10/17/14 – 10/23/14)

#29 – On Two Wheels – Getting to and from The University of California San Diego (UCSD) can be a real challenge, what with approximately 60,000 students, staff, and faculty. I should know, as I’ve been one of those staff off and on since 1998. During that time, UCSD developed an extensive alternative transportation program that has been incredibly successful. In 2001, 66% of all commuters drove single-occupant vehicles to campus and back every day (myself included). Using a combination of programs that include public transit, carpool, vanpool, Coaster Club, Pedal Club, carsharing, Zimride ride-matching access, campus shuttles and other options, that percentage was down to 46% by 2009. Getting Californians out of their cars is no small task! And UCSD hopes to reduce it even more – to 39% by 2018. Those who participate in any of these programs are given incentives that save money on driving and parking, and offer discounts on everything from bike accessories to monthly transit passes. The university saves money by avoiding the need to build additional parking structures. All that being said, shuttles and buses can be very crowded during peak hours, and bicycles (and skateboards and scooters) are everywhere! The photo below shows just one of many areas where bicycles are parked, and this scene is repeated over and over all around the campus. And by the way, I ride my bike from home to the UCSD Medical Center in Hillcrest (central San Diego) and catch the free shuttle that goes between that medical center and the one in La Jolla on the main campus. It sure beats driving in traffic and paying ridiculous prices for parking permits!

Bicycles almost as far as the eye can see...

Bicycles almost as far as the eye can see…




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Week Eleven: #2 – Below the Knees (10/10/14 – 10/16/14)

#2 – Below the Knees – My fiance’ Amber and I went for a walk in Old Town San Diego recently, mainly to visit the El Campo Santo Cemetery for some possible photos for the Graveyard theme. However, one of the things I found most interesting ended up fitting into the “Below the Knees” theme to me. El Campo Santo is San Diego’s second oldest cemetery, with the first burials dating back to 1849, and continuing until 1880. Those buried here are early San Diegans from various backgrounds and origins. In 1889, a horse-drawn streetcar line bisected the cemetery, and in 1942 that streetcar path was paved over creating San Diego Avenue. Behind the current cemetery boundaries is Linwood Avenue. A result of the paving of these roads is that there are at least 20 graves under San Diego Avenue and 13 under Linwood Street. Just outside the gate to the cemetery, if you look closely enough as you walk along the sidewalk, you’ll see a number of these:

Sidewalk Grave Site

Along the outside of the cemetery walls, this plaque has been placed:

Sidewalk Grave Site Plaque

An interesting side note: It is said that cars parked along San Diego Avenue often have problems starting and apparently car alarms go off much more frequently here than in other places around Old Town!




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Week Ten: #21 – It Happens Over Time (10/03/14 – 10/09/14)

#21 – It Happens Over Time – No artsy or profound photograph from me for this theme. I took the opportunity to use this theme since it happened to coincide with receiving my ten-year pin from the University of California, San Diego. I first started here in 1998, but since I’ve left and returned a couple of times, that’s why it took 16 years to get my ten-year pin!


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Week Nine: #35 – Rocky Waterscapes (09/26/14 – 10/02/14)

#35 – Rocky Waterscapes – The following photos are also from our trip to east Tennessee in early October. I had quite a few that would fit into this theme, but I chose just a few from one location that had been particularly important to me in my college days. In the springtime, after we’d had a few warmer days and could find someone with a car and the time, we would head up to “The Y”, which was not the YMCA, but rather a split in the river up just past Townsend, TN on the way into the Great Smokey Mountain National Park. In those days, we’d bring a six-pack or two and wedge them between the rocks so the rushing mountain water would keep them cold, and then we would climb up the rocks (after making that initial shocking jump into the water!), and jump into the river. The first photo shows the climbing rock. The water is quite deep at that point, and even more deep during the spring thaw. Many of the rocks seen in these photos are under water in the springtime. We would put towels out on the larger rocks to bask in the sun and enjoy those cold brews. Unfortunately, not only is climbing up and jumping no longer allowed (that’s the sign attached to the rock on the left of the picture directly below), neither is alcohol. I’m so glad I attended college when I did!









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Week Eight: #12 – Fences and/or Rails (09/19/14 – 09/25/14)

#12 – Fences and/or Rails – I’m a little behind in posting, so I’m going to use photos from the trip my fiance and I just took to east Tennessee for my 30-year college reunion to catch up a bit! The fences for this theme are all in Cades Cove in the Great Smokey Mountain National Park. The following is some information on Cades Cove from the National Park website:

“Cades Cove was once known as “Kate’s Cove” after an Indian chief’s wife. The Cove drew the Cherokee Nation back again and again by its abundant wildlife and good hunting. Later, Cades Cove’s wildlife drew European descent frontiersmen to make it their home. They and their offspring cleared the fertile valley floor and built farms to sustain them. The pioneer’s families lived in Cades Cove for many generations before the cove became part of The Great Smoky Mountain National Park. Today, Cades Cove is still as full of wildlife as before but draws not hunters, but millions of Smokies visitors.

The Cove has been preserved by the Great Smoky Mountain National Park to look much the way it looked in the 1800’s. Once home to a small mountain community, whose settlers came from mainly from Virginia, North Carolina and upper east Tennessee, Cades Cove is today the largest open air museum in the entire Great Smoky Mountain National Park. Cades Cove has original pioneer homesteads, barns, businesses, pasture and farmland–a fitting tribute to the hearty people who lived here in the days of yesteryear.”






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Week Seven: #17 – High Above (09/12/14 – 09/18/14)

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#17 – High Above – This photograph was taken over the wine country of Temecula, California, while on a hot air balloon ride. If you’ve never been up in a hot air balloon, I highly recommend it. The ride was so peaceful and soothing…I’m sure the free-flowing champagne didn’t have anything to do with that! But it’s something I was able to cross off my bucket list, and also something I’d do again.

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