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ALTA VISTA GARDENS (Vista)
For more photos, info and directions go here: http://www.hiddensandiego.net/alta-vista-gardens.php
Several people had tipped me off about this place and I want to say Thank You!  I had no clue this spot existed!  It is similar to the San Diego Botanic Garden but a little more run down/unfinished.  There are many areas that still seem like a work in progress, but that is okay because this place only costs $2 to visit after all. If you are a lover of nature, art and beauty, stop on by!  These photos were all taken in mid December.  I imagine it looks even prettier in Spring when everything is in bloom.

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ALTA VISTA GARDENS (Vista)

For more photos, info and directions go here: http://www.hiddensandiego.net/alta-vista-gardens.php

Several people had tipped me off about this place and I want to say Thank You!  I had no clue this spot existed!  It is similar to the San Diego Botanic Garden but a little more run down/unfinished.  There are many areas that still seem like a work in progress, but that is okay because this place only costs $2 to visit after all. If you are a lover of nature, art and beauty, stop on by!  These photos were all taken in mid December.  I imagine it looks even prettier in Spring when everything is in bloom.

ALTA VISTA GARDENS (Vista)
For more photos, info and directions go here: http://www.hiddensandiego.net/alta-vista-gardens.php
Several people had tipped me off about this place and I want to say Thank You!  I had no clue this spot existed!  It is similar to the San Diego Botanic Garden but a little more run down/unfinished.  There are many areas that still seem like a work in progress, but that is okay because this place only costs $2 to visit after all. If you are a lover of nature, art and beauty, stop on by!  These photos were all taken in mid December.  I imagine it looks even prettier in Spring when everything is in bloom.

ALTA VISTA GARDENS (Vista)

For more photos, info and directions go here: http://www.hiddensandiego.net/alta-vista-gardens.php

Several people had tipped me off about this place and I want to say Thank You!  I had no clue this spot existed!  It is similar to the San Diego Botanic Garden but a little more run down/unfinished.  There are many areas that still seem like a work in progress, but that is okay because this place only costs $2 to visit after all. If you are a lover of nature, art and beauty, stop on by!  These photos were all taken in mid December.  I imagine it looks even prettier in Spring when everything is in bloom.

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ADOBE FALLS (Mission Valley)

For more photos and info go here: http://www.hiddensandiego.net/adobe-falls.php

In my opinion, and especially for San Diego, this is a legitimate waterfall.  The scores of graffiti adds an interesting, urban touch which is sad (not only because the graffiti is pretty terrible) but also colorful and slightly surreal.  I guess that’s what happens when a waterfall is easily accessible and neighbors a college town.

This is one of the only non-seasonal waterfalls in San Diego. Alvarado Creek draws its water from much of Del Cerro, San Carlos, Fletcher Hills, Grossmont and some of the hilly areas south of the I-8 corridor from Grossmont west until Fairmount Ave. Here’s a great site to learn more about the waterfall.

ADOBE FALLS (Mission Valley)

For more photos and info go here: http://www.hiddensandiego.net/adobe-falls.php

In my opinion, and especially for San Diego, this is a legitimate waterfall.  The scores of graffiti adds an interesting, urban touch which is sad (not only because the graffiti is pretty terrible) but also colorful and slightly surreal.  I guess that’s what happens when a waterfall is easily accessible and neighbors a college town.

This is one of the only non-seasonal waterfalls in San Diego. Alvarado Creek draws its water from much of Del Cerro, San Carlos, Fletcher Hills, Grossmont and some of the hilly areas south of the I-8 corridor from Grossmont west until Fairmount Ave. Here’s a great site to learn more about the waterfall.

Abandoned homes of Salton City
More info here: http://www.hiddensandiego.net/abandoned-homes-of-salton-city.php

Former private marina, now a haunting graveyard of boats. Eerie, dusty, creepy, especially when explored in the evening by car headlights. Shadows twist and play tricks on a susceptible mind. There is a powerful smell of death; old and fresh. 

Last owned by Bob Granillo, Bob’s Rivera Playa was another victim of the Salton Sea’s swelling and shrinkage. Many area marinas sued the Imperial County Irrigation District in the early 1980s to recover a portion of their lost investment. Looking at old maps, and playing on Google Earth, you can see the dramatic rise and fall of the waters and what little remains. 

Turn off of Highway 111 to the west on unsigned Crooker/Tilapia Road roughly 1/4 mile north of Corvina Mobile Estates. Drive slowly and pay attention. 


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Abandoned homes of Salton City

More info here: http://www.hiddensandiego.net/abandoned-homes-of-salton-city.php

Former private marina, now a haunting graveyard of boats. Eerie, dusty, creepy, especially when explored in the evening by car headlights. Shadows twist and play tricks on a susceptible mind. There is a powerful smell of death; old and fresh. 
Last owned by Bob Granillo, Bob’s Rivera Playa was another victim of the Salton Sea’s swelling and shrinkage. Many area marinas sued the Imperial County Irrigation District in the early 1980s to recover a portion of their lost investment. Looking at old maps, and playing on Google Earth, you can see the dramatic rise and fall of the waters and what little remains. 
Turn off of Highway 111 to the west on unsigned Crooker/Tilapia Road roughly 1/4 mile north of Corvina Mobile Estates. Drive slowly and pay attention. 

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99 Ranch Market (Kearny Mesa)
For more photos, info and directions go here: http://www.hiddensandiego.net/99-ranch-market.php
This is a HUGE Asian Market filled with all kinds of unique goodies at a great price.  You can find rare fruits here such as durian, jackfruit and lychees, a huge selection of assorted teas, strange sea creatures and so much more!  I love getting freshly-squeezed sugarcane juice when the little shop inside is open.  If you go on Sunday they have vendors that are not usually there making delicious food!

99 Ranch Market (Kearny Mesa)

For more photos, info and directions go here: http://www.hiddensandiego.net/99-ranch-market.php

This is a HUGE Asian Market filled with all kinds of unique goodies at a great price.  You can find rare fruits here such as durian, jackfruit and lychees, a huge selection of assorted teas, strange sea creatures and so much more!  I love getting freshly-squeezed sugarcane juice when the little shop inside is open.  If you go on Sunday they have vendors that are not usually there making delicious food!

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!