Thursday, April 17, 2008

The Tide Pools at La Jolla Beach...

I met a new friend in San Diego. Her name is Wendi and she was showing me around a gorgeous beach house that was for sale across from ours. I was trying so hard to think of a way that I could buy a 2.5 million dollar house. I even tried to talk Sytske into going in on it with me (although we would need a few more people as well). Wendi was super nice. She has a mortgage company and was helping show the house for her client. We had a fun chat. She lives in La Jolla.

When I got back to our house (OK, the house we rented for a week), the kids were all a little bored. We had spent the last 5 days at the beach and Sea World and they wanted some new scenery. I told them I would go and ask my new friend Wendi what to do. She had great advise. She told us to go into La Jolla and walk up the beach to see the tide pools and the Children's Pool (which had wild seals). She also suggested a great sushi restaurant (which everyone but Nathan loves). We took her advise on all of it and had such a great evening!

The tide pools were so cool. the sand was really hard, like sandstone and it had crevices, cracks and pools. The tide brought in some really great treasures and kept the pools full of water as it went back out. We found cool shells, anemones, fish, and amazing little creatures. The kids spent about 2 hours exploring everything. This was my favorite part of the whole trip!

The tide was starting to come back in while we were there. The kids loved to stand on the edge of the cliffs and see if the water would splash them! They kept watching for the waves while I was taking pictures! They would just giggle and laugh!

For some reason, this has been the preferred pose of Andrew's. I'm not sure what he is trying to prove. But, I think it's pretty funny.

Janessa, on the other hand, is all about good poses. She has it down. She especially loved wearing her cool, new, sunglasses!

The seals were really cool, but very, very smelly. A lady named Ellen Browning Scripps, a philanthropist that lived in La Jolla, donated the funds to create the Children's Pool in 1931. It was an area where children could play on the beach in an area protected by a large rock wall. It kept the water calm. The wild seals began migrating to the area in the 1990s and now have taken over the entire pool. There is so, how should I put it...well, the seals use the restroom all throughout the pool now. It is too contaminated to swim any longer...some people still do, but you wouldn't catch me swimming with them! They were fun to watch.

La Jolla is my new favorite place in California. My friend Wendi talked me into looking for property there instead of on Mission Beach. This is a house we walked by when we were down by the tide pools. The ocean comes right up to the house when the tide is in. This is the one I am going to buy someday. Wendi, will you check on financing for me? And dad, don't come and visit me...this place really would probably fall of into the ocean!

I gathered that people in La Jolla have quite a bit of $$. The boys screamed every 10seconds as we drove by the many exotic car dealerships. Janessa and I were screaming at every fancy boutique we saw. The boys insisted on stopping and seeing the cars. I think this was the Ferrari dealership. Luckily for all of us, the boutiques and car dealerships were all closed. We have to save our money after all, if we are going to buy that house!


Stacey said...

That is so cool! I think my kids would love tide pools!