Outdoors

  • La Jolla’s Menehune Surf contest to turn Sweet 16

    La Jolla’s Menehune Surf contest to turn Sweet 16

    Celebrating its own “Sweet 16,” anniversary, the Menehune Surf Contest for children and teens returns to La Jolla Shores 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday May 7. But over the years, the contest has evolved to become more inclusive and do more to give back. The event now includes divisions for parents...

  • Natural La Jolla: Flowering trees and shrubs brighten spring days in La Jolla and San Diego County

    Natural La Jolla: Flowering trees and shrubs brighten spring days in La Jolla and San Diego County

    • NATURAL LA JOLLA: It was very hot this February. It seems that the flowering trees are blooming a bit earlier than usual, maybe because of the rain we’ve had. We are sure to have a spectacular spring bloom. Evergreen pear trees (Pyrus kawakamii) graced our streets in early February with daydream-like...

  • Natural La Jolla: Acrobatic dolphins delight by sheer number

    Natural La Jolla: Acrobatic dolphins delight by sheer number

    • NATURAL LA JOLLA: A favorite of ocean enthusiasts everywhere is the dolphin. We tend to think of them as happy creatures, because they appear to wear a permanent smile. Dolphins do have strong social structure in which they are very playful, care for their sick, and attend to family members. ...

  • Tots meet tidepool creatures at library

    Tots meet tidepool creatures at library

    As part of the monthly “Big Science for Little People” presentations at La Jolla’s Riford Library, Living Coast Discovery center brought some visitors from tidepools, Sept. 18. The young explorers got to see and touch sea stars, sea snails and hermit crabs, as well as shells and coral, and learn...

  • 14,505 Feet of Fun? 10-year-old La Jollan and her family climb Mount Whitney

    14,505 Feet of Fun? 10-year-old La Jollan and her family climb Mount Whitney

    Just in time to wrap up an eventful summer and continue celebrating her 10th birthday, Bird Rock Elementary School fifth-grader Jenna Jaffe successfully scaled Mount Whitney in late August. Mount Whitney, located in the Sierra Nevada mountain range, is the highest summit in the continental United...

  • Slacklining prohibited in La Jolla’s shoreline parks

    Slacklining prohibited in La Jolla’s shoreline parks

    Now that summer is in high gear, lifeguards along La Jolla’s beaches and shoreline parks want to warn locals and visitors alike that the practice of “slacklining” is prohibited. Having gained in popularity in San Diego over the last four or five years, slacklining involves the use of a rope (typically...

  • Ready for a La Jolla Natural Park hike? Here’s the inside scoop!

    Ready for a La Jolla Natural Park hike? Here’s the inside scoop!

    The horizon ascends to meet your eye and the ocean, expanding, kisses the sky. The rooftops shrink smaller as the summit draws near while the coastline widens from Bird Rock to the pier. Though the cliffs are initially all you can see, the hilltop draws back and reveals the buildings are rust 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...

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