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: 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...

  • 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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