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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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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!

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.