Father’s Day Weekend

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June 18-19, 2016, Chula Vista-

Saturday and Sunday were among the best, most bonding days I’ve had with Aram, in a good long while, which is saying something, because we are tight, for two who live such separate lives, in neighbouring states.

It comes down to parenting never being a work of completion.  I bounced things off my Dad, every so often, until he was no longer physically here to approach, for that purpose.  He still makes his views known, though, and I am finally at the point where I sense he is happy with my choices.  I can say the same about my pride in my son.  He has established himself as a valued presence, though his current position is not his life’s work.

Saturday was a day for errands, so we went to the recycling station, which is actually not  from his place, contrary to what their website says. We also found a Michael’s, for some frames he needed.  I was pleased to have found one that fit an off-sized print he had.  Filippi’s, one of my A-List restaurants in San Diego, has a branch in Chula Vista, so we hopped on over there for a sandwich lunch.

Sunday was a scorcher, all over the continent it seems.  I got reports from friends in Ontario, in Florida and in the Midwest, of horrible temps.  We nonetheless enjoyed a forty-five minute revisit to Japanese-American Friendship Garden, in Balboa Park, with a concert featuring the world’s largest carillon pipe organ, in the background.

Given the heat which most people reading this endured yesterday, I present you with various scenes of running water.

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The bonsai exhibit is an exception, but it endures with minimal watering.

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Aram’s birth sign is water.  H2O has always been his friend.

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Here’s a nice view of the Lower Garden pond, which opened in July, 2015.

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The water filters along rocks, carefully placed along the downslope.

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This mallard was more than glad to stand in pose.

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Close your eyes, and imagine Old Japan.

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Rocks and flowing water are staples of the Japanese garden.

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Small cascades invite one to splash about; though that would be bad form.

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Lilies are more common here, than they were a few years ago.

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Just how deep are these rocks?

We were suitably inspired by the water scenes, to head straight for the Jamba Juice, in a Chula Vista shopping mall, near the harbour.  Copious amounts of refreshing liquid are always welcome to both our palates.

Dinner was, of course, a buffet- at Zorba’s Cafe, with all my favourite Greek dishes.  This time, though, we both “made do” with about half the offerings.  Less can definitely be more.

I will go philosophical in my next post, which is the 1,000th of this website.  Scenes of the Cardiff-by-the-Sea beachfront, and of San Elijo Preserve’s western lagoon, will help in this effort.  Stay tuned.

The Road to 65, Mile 186: Northwestward, Day 7, Part 2- Everett and Blaine

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June 2, 2015, Blaine, WA-  As mentioned earlier, I drove the length of the Puget Sound metro area, stopping only in deference to my fellow travelers, as the rush hour, and a few accidents, dictated.  I stopped in Everett, the northern anchor of the metro region, in search of at least one of the port city’s well-regarded botanical gardens.

Legion Park honours the American Legion, to which I belong.  It was thus a logical place to stop and enjoy the interspersing of the great evergreens of this area, with the riot of colour that comes with every well-planned garden.  Not being much of a floral authority, I nonetheless present several of the plants that stood out most prominently to me, on this drizzly but glorious afternoon, when I had the place virtually to myself.

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                                                         Legion Park Memorial Plaque

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                                  The Douglas fir is the signature resident of Evergreen Arboretum.

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                                                 There are seven distinct gardens, within this park.

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                                                                     Here is a Japanese White Pine.

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                                                               Someone says “Peek-a-boo”.

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The Asian ambiance of the garden is scintillating.

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                         Purple and white hemlocks co-exist very well.  Let that be a lesson!

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                           Rain is helping the engineers who are healing this soil.

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                                                  Various clever sculptures accent the flora.

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                                             This is my signal to move forward and achieve!

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                            My mother  always had forsythia, as ground cover, when we were kids.

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                                                                 Robin kept me company, near the Rock Garden.

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                  The Northwest Native Trail gave me a feeling that I was back on the Olympic Peninsula.

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                                        No arboretum is complete, without Bonsai.

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                                           “Nanny, nanny, boo-boo!”

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                             Even the frontage of the parking lot is well-flowered.

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                                                             Here’s one last look back.

Port Gardner Bay, just west of the park, offers a fine view of north Puget Sound.

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                       This bay has a huge osprey colony.  The birds were busy fishing, though.

Moving northward, I opted to stay close to the Canadian border, and chose this fine little establishment.

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                      A Korean woman owns the place, and the hospitality is very warm.

Next door, Ocean Bay Restaurant offers excellent Chinese cuisine.  It draws regulars from White Rock, BC, a few miles away.

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This section of a mural, inside Ocean Bay, brought to mind the victims of the recent Yangtze ferry disaster.

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                            Penny was born in a Year of the Horse, so  all her strength and beauty appeared to me, through these magnificent animals.

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When I arrived at Bayside, this gull was begging a local woman for food.  He obliged me for this profile, a bit later.

Looking northward, I spotted the community of White Rock.  Borders may be seen as necessary right now, but they are still artificial.

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Thus did my very full day end, in Blaine, Washington.