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The San Diego beer scene grows yet further

People who enjoy beer and happen to live in San Diego have been getting a treat this week. It’s been “Storm Week” here – meaning the influence of Stone Brewing Co can be felt far and wide.

Churchills, an english pub in San Marcos recently opened up their new renovated bar area – which has 50 tap handles. FIFTY! They have a LOT of really good beer on tap. I’d been threatening Ivan, the owner, that I would be coming in with my camera to take a bunch of beer-porn shots of his new setup – and I finally delivered.

Follow @churchills on twitter for awesome updates, and if you’re bored – check out the rest of my pictures from churchills!

Bowling for Bunnies

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It’s Bowling for the Animals (B4A) time again. The eleventh annual event will be held Sunday, April 26th at the Vista Entertainment Center. With snacks, a raffle, and bowling it’s sure to be good, clean, family fun. Proceeds this year go to the Spay Neuter Action Project to help build a new Stationary Spay/Neuter Clinic which will provide family planning to cats, dogs, and bunnies. Help the Bun City Bowlers by visiting http://www.firstgiving.com/judithpierce and sponsoring them and, if you can, come to the event and cheer them on.

Thrifty Threads

Thrifty Threads

Although San Diego is rife with thrift shops, Thrifty Threads in Encinitas at the corner of E Street and Coast Highway 101 is one of the best. They are well organized and have an eclectic assortment of clothing for men and women at very reasonable prices. For men, they have racks of T-shirts, short-sleeved casual dress shirts, board shorts, jeans, and shoes. For women, they have dresses, skirts, tops, beach wear, shoes, and jewelry. We visited today and my wife came away with a authentic puka shell necklace and a cute scarf for about $10. Be sure to bring cash, they don’t take plastic.

The Drinkup is Tomorrow! (March 26th)

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The time again has come to gather with fellow San Diego beer snobs, patrons, geeks and twitterers.

San Diego’s 4th @drinkup is tomorrow at Rock Bottom Brewery in La Jolla at 7:30pm.

The time has come to come and enjoy a beer with friends! RSVP HERE

Tomorrow’s event will be captured by photograph and video, then shared with gusto on the internets via sites like vimeo, youtube, flickr and more.

Rock Bottom is also a full restaurant and bar – so if beer isn’t your thing there are many other options available.

Fitness on the Cheap Tuesdays – A Little Magic in North County

Despite my love of urban living, I must admit that there is something magical and quite valuable about those places in San Diego that are still rural and a bit wild.  When I first moved to San Diego county, I didn’t settle in Downtown right away – I made a few stop overs along the way as I made my way South.  One of those stops included renting a house in a place just beyond San Marcos, in an area that has since been developed into what is now San Elijo Hills.

Before there were schools, gas stations, shopping plazas, condos, or enormous houses around San Elijo, there were only winding roads, horse trails, the occasional deer, and The Elfin Forest.

The community there hasn’t gone quietly into the night, but instead continued to fight the encroachment of suburbanization into their wide open spaces.  As a result, much of what I loved about that area can still be found and enjoyed.  If you’re curious about one of my most cherished places in San Diego, the details are after the jump.

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Birding at Lake Hodges

Last week, local birders reported seeing an adult Bald Eagle and two juveniles near the east end of Lake Hodges. So my wife and I traveled north on Interstate 15 Sunday to see if we could find them. We exited at the Pomerado Road/West Bernardo Drive exit, crossed the bridge, and parked at its west end. Lake Hodges is a little spooky due to all the dead trees rising up from the lake bed. The trees grew during a drought and died when the water later rose and drowned them.

The view of Lake Hodges looking west from the I-15 overpass.

The view of Lake Hodges looking west from the I-15 overpass.

 We didn’t catch sight of the eagles, but were rewarded with a magnificent view of the lake presided over by a regal Osprey attended by two Double-crested Cormorants. 

An Osprey and two Double-crested Cormorants.

An Osprey and two Double-crested Cormorants.

Of course, there were numerous other birds: a Red-tailed Hawk, Great and Snowy Egrets, Black Phoebes, American Coots, and Western Grebes.

An Egret perches in the middle of the lake.
An Egret perches in the middle of the lake.

All in all, worth the trip.

 

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