Outdoors

  • POLAR DISORDER: 'Cub' reporter finds La Jolla plunge un-BEAR-able

    POLAR DISORDER: 'Cub' reporter finds La Jolla plunge un-BEAR-able

    I wade slowly out into the Pacific from La Jolla Shores, my eyes on La Jolla Cove to the south. I have come to swim the mile there and back today, returning triumphant — like many of the real men around me at the 2018 Polar Bear Plunge. The first hint I may be in over my head came earlier this...

  • TOMBSTONES UNTURNED: Diving into La Jolla's offshore 'graveyard'

    TOMBSTONES UNTURNED: Diving into La Jolla's offshore 'graveyard'

    In 2001, Carlsbad resident Volker Hoehne says he was approached by “an old guy in a wheelchair” who asked him to place a tombstone underwater for himself. Hoehne had no idea what Wally Potts was talking about, but he was the adventurous type, so he agreed. After all, they were both attending a...

  • La Jollan believed to be youngest to climb Mt. Whitney

    La Jollan believed to be youngest to climb Mt. Whitney

    At age 5, La Jolla resident and Bird Rock Elementary School kindergartener Fletcher Flynn may be the youngest person to have summited Mount Whitney — the highest summit in the contiguous United States and the Sierra Nevada, with an elevation of 14,505 feet. He and his father, Justin, completed...

  • Natural La Jolla: Summer fun in La Jolla as days wind down to fall

    Natural La Jolla: Summer fun in La Jolla as days wind down to fall

    NATURAL LA JOLLA: Summer is slowly drawing to an end as many kids are already heading back to school. It will still be a while before our temperatures dip down and we return to the cool breezy days of the fall, so there are plenty of things to see and do in La Jolla before summer fades away. Snorkeling...

  • Natural La Jolla: Risso's dolphins are playful pests to other cetaceans

    Natural La Jolla: Risso's dolphins are playful pests to other cetaceans

    NATURAL LA JOLLA: The Risso's dolphin (Grampus griseus) is a species that is fairly commonly seen off La Jolla, and they are widely distributed throughout the world's oceans. However, they are inconsistent in their distribution or reliability of being spotted. Risso's like deep water, where they...

  • Natural La Jolla: Sun-loving succulents thrive in La Jolla and San Diego

    Natural La Jolla: Sun-loving succulents thrive in La Jolla and San Diego

    • NATURAL LA JOLLA: Many visitors comment and ask about the beautiful succulent plants that are abundant here in town. We have literally hundreds of varieties and species of these drought-tolerant, easy to grow plants. There are so many hybrids that it can be difficult to correctly identify them....

  • 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...

  • 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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