I’m just beginning to process this trip. But here are my raw pictures from the field. All of them are available to use under a creative commons license. (Just link back to me, give me credit)
Yesterday my family went to December Nights. At the heart of San Diego’s tourist industry stands Balboa Park. It’s a very cool complex of museums, gardens, and of course the San Diego Zoo. Like residents of most tourist destinations, very few San Diego residents regularly go to the tourist industries epicenter. I don’t know what that is, but it’s the same reason why I lived in Chicago for 8 years but have never been to the top of the Sears Tower.
Once per year, the residents of San Diego go to Balboa Park for a community festival called December Nights. As Midwesterners, we laugh at the Santa Claus’s and hot chocolate stands among the palm trees… but for San Diego folks this is about as cold as it’ll get and they are feeling the Christmas spirit.
It’s an event filled with wonderful food stands, choirs and dance troupes, and vendors peddling their art.
It’s also filled with SoCal flavor. Yuppies bring their foo foo dogs. Families bring their kids and grandparents. The singles scene crowds into the 21+ booze area. Political nut cases try to get you to sign their ballot petition. Kids sell candy, some for legit causes some for illegitimate causes. Someone in the parking lot was likely selling weed. Vendors walk around trying to sell you stuff that you don’t want. (But at least they have nice candy canes!) It’s really the same crowd you’ll see at the beach, baseball games, or any other street market in the city.
Perhaps the most fun thing about living in a tourist destination is being a local who gets to play when all the tourists go home?
Hard to believe it, but our little baby boy just turned 6. Here are some pictures we took yesterday down by Point Loma Nazarene University.
Today we took a trip to the desert. You can see Paul showing off here. (Megan took this picture.) You can see the rest by following this link.