Outdoors

  • BRAIN WAVE: La Jolla High surfer narrowly dodges death

    BRAIN WAVE: La Jolla High surfer narrowly dodges death

    Chuck Davey was shooting photos of his son surfing when he noticed something weird. The board’s fiberglass tip was jutting out of the back of his head. Later that day, Mick Davey underwent life-saving brain surgery to remove the shard of fiberglass that punctured the vein it now held together.

  • La Jollans asked to join City’s Nature Challenge

    La Jollans asked to join City’s Nature Challenge

    Between birds soaring overhead, critters living in tidepools and pinnipeds lounging on the beach, a day at La Jolla’s coastline provides expansive glimpses of nature. Not to mention the landscapes and treescapes that vegetate town and La Jolla’s biodiverse hillsides. That’s why the City of San...

  • Natural La Jolla: Pocket gophers spend time digging intricate burrows

    Natural La Jolla: Pocket gophers spend time digging intricate burrows

    NATURAL LA JOLLA: Last week, I spotted a little furry creature poking out of its burrow in the middle of a manicured lawn — it was a pocket gopher! Botta's pocket gophers (Thomomys bottae) are native to California and are mainly nocturnal rodents related to beavers, squirrels, chipmunks and rats....

  • Natural La Jolla: Brandt's cormorants now nesting at La Jolla Cove

    Natural La Jolla: Brandt's cormorants now nesting at La Jolla Cove

    NATURAL LA JOLLA: Birding could not be better than at La Jolla Cove right now. If you peek over the edge of the fence on the north side of the lifeguard tower, you'll be able to see a Brandt's cormorant (Phalacrocorax penicillatus) nesting rookery in mid-season. Over the past couple of months,...

  • Bird Rock athlete amputates her limitations

    Bird Rock athlete amputates her limitations

    Bird Rock resident Tara Butcher has conquered a life-threatening injury — two at once, actually — to become an inspirational challenged athlete.

  • Natural La Jolla: Willets, whimbrels and godwits forage winter shores

    Natural La Jolla: Willets, whimbrels and godwits forage winter shores

    NATURAL LA JOLLA: On almost any walk along the beach, particularly at the Shores, you'll see foraging shorebirds with long legs, wandering along the tideline and into the water halfway up their legs, probing in the sand with their long beaks to find buried prey like insects and invertebrates. There...

  • Bishop’s grad launches skateboard company: Sweetride debuts at La Jolla Open Aire Market in December

    Bishop’s grad launches skateboard company: Sweetride debuts at La Jolla Open Aire Market in December

    Appealing to the more casual skateboard rider — think boarding to the beach or to run an errand — the La Jolla-based Sweetride skate company launched online at www.sweetride-us.com on Nov. 26 and then with a stand at the La Jolla Open Aire Market the next day. The company will continue to have...

  • 130 young surfers compete at La Jolla Shores Beach Menehune

    130 young surfers compete at La Jolla Shores Beach Menehune

    More than 130 surfers, ages 7-16 participated in the 51st annual Menehune Junior Surf Contest, Saturday, Oct. 29 at La Jolla Shores Beach. Organized by WindanSea Surf Club, the event drew participants from the Bay Area to Baja California, who competed for prizes in various age divisions. Top honors...

  • County bike trail may reduce traffic lane on Gilman Drive

    County bike trail may reduce traffic lane on Gilman Drive

    City engineers outlined two upcoming projects at the La Jolla Community Planning Association (LJCPA) meeting Nov. 3 — a bicycle lane that will run along Gilman Drive from La Jolla Village Drive to SR 52, and the installation of a 250-foot-long connecting sidewalk on La Jolla Mesa Drive. The bicycle...

  • Go, Wheeler, Go! La Jollan embarks on lifetime adventure after college

    Go, Wheeler, Go! La Jollan embarks on lifetime adventure after college

    When La Jolla native Tom Wheeler started college at UC Santa Clara four years ago, he didn’t know what the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) was. Today, he has walked over 2,000 miles of the 2,650-mile hiking trail that runs almost parallel to the West Coast from the Mexico to the Canadian border, and...

  • Free for the Taking: La Jollan offers Cove swim tutorials

    Free for the Taking: La Jollan offers Cove swim tutorials

    When Adriana Issakov opened La Jolla Swim and Sport at 1008 Torrey Pines Road in March 2014, she completed the décor by hanging a sign out front. It read: Free Guided Cove Swims. “It’s remarkable what has happened since I hung that silly sign,” she said. “The response has been amazing and has...

  • Barber Tract neighbors kick off Fourth of July with parade in La Jolla

    Barber Tract neighbors kick off Fourth of July with parade in La Jolla

    La Jolla’s Barber Tract residents kicked off the morning of Fourth of July by filling the streets with red, white and blue, when residents came out en masse to partake in the annual parade. Residents walked up and down the Barber Tract streets in their Independence Day finest, greeting neighbors...

  • LOLA supporters linkup to clean La Jolla beaches

    LOLA supporters linkup to clean La Jolla beaches

    Twenty-seven supporters of Limited Off-Leash Access at the Beach (LOLA), ages 3-78, assembled to clean South Casa, Cuvier and other La Jolla beaches as part of the California Coastal Commission’s Adopt-A-Beach program Saturday, June 20. The program permits people to adopt a beach by committing...

  • A Gracious Host: La Jollan plants milkweed for monarch butterflies

    A Gracious Host: La Jollan plants milkweed for monarch butterflies

    In an effort to attract and provide a breeding place for the fiery-colored monarch butterfly, La Jollan Mary Ellen Morgan has dedicated a part of her garden to planting milkweed. Considered a “host plant” for the monarchs, milkweed provides a place for monarch caterpillars to grow and thrive before...

  • Natural La Jolla: Jurassic connections, ancient plants and World Turtle Day

    Natural La Jolla: Jurassic connections, ancient plants and World Turtle Day

    • NATURAL LA JOLLA It was a busy May for me, but I still made time as much as I could to walk and enjoy the weather and sunny days — many mornings though we had a lot of gray and chill in the early hours. I found a couple beautiful sago palms (Cycas revoluta) along Coast Boulevard. Sago palms are...

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