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Salk Institute (La Jolla)
For more photos, info and directions go here: http://www.hiddensandiego.net/salk-institute.php
"If you’ve never witnessed the Salk Institute in La Jolla, you’re missing out on one of San Diego’s most valuables. There are so many elements that make the Salk as majestic as it is.First, the location. The Salk overlooks the Pacific Ocean and I’m not talking about one of those lame half-views people pay $1.357 million for. The view from the Salk’s grand courtyard is unobstructed and breathtaking. I’ve visited the Salk twice for business meetings and I always take a moment to absorb my glorious surroundings.Next, the architecture. Not only was Jonas Salk a brilliant mind, he was a man of excellent taste. Salk’s selection of Louis Kahn as architect resulted in nothing short of a modern masterpiece. Kahn believed in open space and natural light, both of which are reflected throughout the campus. There are massive windows, cool steel and unfinished teak - all of which come together in simple, quiet architectural beauty. If you can spare your lunch hour, Salk offers free guided architectural tours during the week.Last, something must be said about the incomprehensible genius, past and present, that’s housed in the Salk. AIDS, Alzheimer’s, cancer, diabetes and many more devastating diseases are being studied by some of the most brilliant minds in the world and we are fortunate to have them working, researching and pioneering mere miles away.  For them, for Jonas Salk and for his masterful institute, San Diego, and the world, is a better place.”

Salk Institute (La Jolla)

For more photos, info and directions go here: http://www.hiddensandiego.net/salk-institute.php

"If you’ve never witnessed the Salk Institute in La Jolla, you’re missing out on one of San Diego’s most valuables. There are so many elements that make the Salk as majestic as it is.

First, the location. The Salk overlooks the Pacific Ocean and I’m not talking about one of those lame half-views people pay $1.357 million for. The view from the Salk’s grand courtyard is unobstructed and breathtaking. I’ve visited the Salk twice for business meetings and I always take a moment to absorb my glorious surroundings.

Next, the architecture. Not only was Jonas Salk a brilliant mind, he was a man of excellent taste. Salk’s selection of Louis Kahn as architect resulted in nothing short of a modern masterpiece. Kahn believed in open space and natural light, both of which are reflected throughout the campus. There are massive windows, cool steel and unfinished teak - all of which come together in simple, quiet architectural beauty. If you can spare your lunch hour, Salk offers free guided architectural tours during the week.

Last, something must be said about the incomprehensible genius, past and present, that’s housed in the Salk. AIDS, Alzheimer’s, cancer, diabetes and many more devastating diseases are being studied by some of the most brilliant minds in the world and we are fortunate to have them working, researching and pioneering mere miles away.  For them, for Jonas Salk and for his masterful institute, San Diego, and the world, is a better place.”

By Town (Oceanside) SAN LUIS REY MISSION

For more photos, info and directions go here: http://www.hiddensandiego.net/san-luis-rey-mission.php

Three centuries ago, San Luis Rey Mission was established as the 18th of the total 21 mission that Spain had along the California cost. These missions represent the finest examples of Spanish – Colonial architecture. There are only two churches in the form of the cross and one of them is San Luis Rey Mission. The exact year when this mission was established is 1798. The church is third one constructed at the site and it was erected between 1811 and 1815. The name that is given to this mission and that it can be recognized by is the King of all California Missions …read more on page

By Town (Ocean Beach) SUNSET CLIFFS CAVES & COVES For more photos, info and directions go here: http://www.hiddensandiego.net/sunset-cliffs.php Personal Experience: Many of the cool caves cannot be reached unless it’s super low tide. There is no way in them otherwise unless you swim and that’s obviously not safe. I recommend going on a low tide day and just walking along the shore. There are many caves to explore, including a couple quite large ones. The best cave I have yet to explore but that will hopefully change in the near future!

By Town (Ocean Beach) SUNSET CLIFFS CAVES & COVES

For more photos, info and directions go here: http://www.hiddensandiego.net/
sunset-cliffs.php

Personal Experience: Many of the cool caves cannot be reached unless it’s super low tide. There is no way in them otherwise unless you swim and that’s obviously not safe. I recommend going on a low tide day and just walking along the shore. There are many caves to explore, including a couple quite large ones. The best cave I have yet to explore but that will hopefully change in the near future!

By Town (Valley Center) BATES NUT FARM For more photos, info and directions go here: http://www.hiddensandiego.net/bates-nut-farm.php “In 1921, Gilbert and Beatrice Bates moved their nutty family to the beautiful, picturesque oak filled valley of Valley Center, where they purchased the Walnut Slope Ranch. They raised their family of 5 boys, complete with geese, ducks, goats, horses, rabbits, sheep, tractor, plows and all sorts of old fashioned farm things. Little did Gilbert know that 80 years later his family farm would provide joy and pleasure for 5 generations of his family, but also for the thousands of visitors from around the world that make that special trip to the Bates farm each year. We don’t know exactly how the Bates business became so famous? Perhaps it’s the beautiful farm setting, the picnic and park areas, the farm zoo, or the casual, down home environment. Or maybe, it’s the reminder of simpler times and those childhood farm memories. Farm antiques and tools line the walls of the Bates store that is filled with fresh, delicious nuts, candies, dried fruits, chocolates, fudge and gourmet delights. Pick up and sample your way through the Bates store. A sample of our own homemade fudge is a must with over 10 different choices. Our new old-fashioned candy counter will make a chocolate lover’s mouth water. You can’t help but feel like a kid at a candy counter. Over 25 feet filled with truffles, mammoth turtles, a variety of chocolates and sugar-free candies, fudge and chocolates.”

By Town (Valley Center) BATES NUT FARM

For more photos, info and directions go here: http://www.hiddensandiego.net/
bates-nut-farm.php

“In 1921, Gilbert and Beatrice Bates moved their nutty family to the beautiful, picturesque oak filled valley of Valley Center, where they purchased the Walnut Slope Ranch. They raised their family of 5 boys, complete with geese, ducks, goats, horses, rabbits, sheep, tractor, plows and all sorts of old fashioned farm things. Little did Gilbert know that 80 years later his family farm would provide joy and pleasure for 5 generations of his family, but also for the thousands of visitors from around the world that make that special trip to the Bates farm each year.

We don’t know exactly how the Bates business became so famous? Perhaps it’s the beautiful farm setting, the picnic and park areas, the farm zoo, or the casual, down home environment. Or maybe, it’s the reminder of simpler times and those childhood farm memories. Farm antiques and tools line the walls of the Bates store that is filled with fresh, delicious nuts, candies, dried fruits, chocolates, fudge and gourmet delights. Pick up and sample your way through the Bates store. A sample of our own homemade fudge is a must with over 10 different choices. Our new old-fashioned candy counter will make a chocolate lover’s mouth water. You can’t help but feel like a kid at a candy counter. Over 25 feet filled with truffles, mammoth turtles, a variety of chocolates and sugar-free candies, fudge and chocolates.”

By Town (Bankers Hill) JAPANESE FRIENDSHIP GARDEN
See page here: http://www.hiddensandiego.net/japanese-friendship-garden.php

The Garden originated as a teahouse during the 1915–16 Panama-California Exposition and now lies on two acres near the Spreckels Organ Pavilion. Along the Garden’s winding paths are a Zen garden for meditation, an exhibit house, koi pond, bonsai exhibit, ceremonial gate, and a Fujidana  (wisteria arbor). Weekend classes are offered in sushi making, bonsai, calligraphy, and conversational Japanese.

By Town (Bankers Hill) JAPANESE FRIENDSHIP GARDEN

See page here: http://www.hiddensandiego.net/japanese-friendship-garden.php

The Garden originated as a teahouse during the 1915–16 Panama-California Exposition and now lies on two acres near the Spreckels Organ Pavilion. Along the Garden’s winding paths are a Zen garden for meditation, an exhibit house, koi pond, bonsai exhibit, ceremonial gate, and a Fujidana  (wisteria arbor). Weekend classes are offered in sushi making, bonsai, calligraphy, and conversational Japanese.

La Jolla’s Caves, Coves and Tidepools
See page here: http://www.hiddensandiego.net/la-jolla-caves-coves-and-tidepools.php

"Visit the La Jolla Cove which is a tiny beach in between the nearby sandstone cliffs for its extraordinary beauty. This most photographed beach in Southern California is worth visiting for its tide pools. At high tides, the rocks on the sandy part of the beach trap water and leave behind a tide pool. Adults and kids alike love the idea of peering into them and enjoying around them. However, do check the tide times before you go to the beach, as the tide pools at La Jolla Cove can be enjoyed best at low tides."

La Jolla’s Caves, Coves and Tidepools

See page here: http://www.hiddensandiego.net/la-jolla-caves-coves-and-tidepools.php

"Visit the La Jolla Cove which is a tiny beach in between the nearby sandstone cliffs for its extraordinary beauty. This most photographed beach in Southern California is worth visiting for its tide pools. At high tides, the rocks on the sandy part of the beach trap water and leave behind a tide pool. Adults and kids alike love the idea of peering into them and enjoying around them. However, do check the tide times before you go to the beach, as the tide pools at La Jolla Cove can be enjoyed best at low tides."

By Town (Poway) MEADOWBROOK TUNNELS
For more photos, info and directions go here: http://www.hiddensandiego.net/pomerado-storm-drain.php
I know some of you are into this type of urban exploration, so I thought I would begin showing storm drains.  I’m a bit of a claustrophobic wuss so I cannot tell you at this point how far this drain goes or whether or not it breaks off into multiple directions.  I can tell you that the exploring we did do was a lot of fun and with a larger group I would *maybe* be willing to go much further.  If any of you have gone through this drain, I would love to know where it ends up!  There were what sounded like thousands of frogs in the pond also which added a nice touch.

By Town (Poway) MEADOWBROOK TUNNELS

For more photos, info and directions go here: http://www.hiddensandiego.net/pomerado-storm-drain.php

I know some of you are into this type of urban exploration, so I thought I would begin showing storm drains.  I’m a bit of a claustrophobic wuss so I cannot tell you at this point how far this drain goes or whether or not it breaks off into multiple directions.  I can tell you that the exploring we did do was a lot of fun and with a larger group I would *maybe* be willing to go much further.  If any of you have gone through this drain, I would love to know where it ends up!  There were what sounded like thousands of frogs in the pond also which added a nice touch.

Wat Sovannkiri Buddhist Temple (City Heights) More photos, info and directions here: http://www.hiddensandiego.net/wat-sovannkiri-buddhist-temple.php “Wat Savannkiri is a Cambodian and Laotion temple held by Prom Khian Attagutto. Prom is the head monks among both temples since there are two temples along side each other.  First off, there have been only one temple that was part of Wat Savannkiri because the second temple have been a Christian church before, over nine years ago. Along with the time they decided to make the church into another temple. The second temple is mostly use for celebrating holidays and the big space is needed for those who comes to celebrate along with the temple. These huge monuments have a distinct structure to them. Surrounding around the temples with protection such as angels, guardians, warriors, lions, and dragons to keep away the evil. The colors and the sizes of the temple attract many curious eyes. Anyone is welcome to visit the popular temples and have a better understanding of the Buddhist religon by having a conversation with one of the monks if you like.”

Wat Sovannkiri Buddhist Temple (City Heights)

More photos, info and directions here: http://www.hiddensandiego.net/
wat-sovannkiri-buddhist-temple.php

“Wat Savannkiri is a Cambodian and Laotion temple held by Prom Khian Attagutto. Prom is the head monks among both temples since there are two temples along side each other.

First off, there have been only one temple that was part of Wat Savannkiri because the second temple have been a Christian church before, over nine years ago. Along with the time they decided to make the church into another temple. The second temple is mostly use for celebrating holidays and the big space is needed for those who comes to celebrate along with the temple. These huge monuments have a distinct structure to them. Surrounding around the temples with protection such as angels, guardians, warriors, lions, and dragons to keep away the evil. The colors and the sizes of the temple attract many curious eyes. Anyone is welcome to visit the popular temples and have a better understanding of the Buddhist religon by having a conversation with one of the monks if you like.”

**UPDATE** For those of you who have either visited or were wanting to hike to the Black Mountain flume where they used to mine for arsenic in the 40’s, we have since found several of the mines!  We were also greeted by a creepy, decapitated witch doll in one of the mines and found a crashed jeep deep in the canyon. Fun!
 Click this link for directions to the mines: http://www.hiddensandiego.net/black-mountain-mine.php

**UPDATE** For those of you who have either visited or were wanting to hike to the Black Mountain flume where they used to mine for arsenic in the 40’s, we have since found several of the mines!  We were also greeted by a creepy, decapitated witch doll in one of the mines and found a crashed jeep deep in the canyon. Fun!

 Click this link for directions to the mines: http://www.hiddensandiego.net/black-mountain-mine.php

By Town (Vista) INDIAN STORE For more photos, info and directions go here: http://www.hiddensandiego.net/indian-store.php Personal Experience: I guess I didn’t know what I was getting myself into when I went here. In my head I imagined it to be a quarter of its actual size and nowhere near as unique, beautiful, inspiring nor filled with such a vast variety of interesting items. This place is for the nature-lovers, crafters and those connected to Native American culture. It has everything imaginable at great, affordable prices, not to mention they offer a variety of free weekly classes on topics such as how to make your own dream-catcher or jewelry. You just purchase the materials. I was lucky enough to get to chat with the owner who is the kindest man and also happens to be extremely interesting with tales of travel across the “small” (as he puts it) globe. He deserves all the success he gets from this business. He is helping out many local tribes and aiding the public with education and respect to Native American culture.

By Town (Vista) INDIAN STORE

For more photos, info and directions go here: http://www.hiddensandiego.net/indian-store.php

Personal Experience: I guess I didn’t know what I was getting myself into when I went here. In my head I imagined it to be a quarter of its actual size and nowhere near as unique, beautiful, inspiring nor filled with such a vast variety of interesting items. This place is for the nature-lovers, crafters and those connected to Native American culture. It has everything imaginable at great, affordable prices, not to mention they offer a variety of free weekly classes on topics such as how to make your own dream-catcher or jewelry. You just purchase the materials. I was lucky enough to get to chat with the owner who is the kindest man and also happens to be extremely interesting with tales of travel across the “small” (as he puts it) globe. He deserves all the success he gets from this business. He is helping out many local tribes and aiding the public with education and respect to Native American culture.