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I was born in Toledo OH, but here is where I grew up. I dearly love Oregon where we live now, but to me San Diego is just about the perfect city ~ If only it wasn't so blasted expensive to live there, LOL!

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PuzzleG

Clive, you can usually get better views, & better ideas of what places look like by looking at online photos & descriptions than by asking people or looking at their photos. The online stuff is done by professional photographers & marketers, who know every detail of their subject, where to get the best views of a specific place, & how to present it in the best way.
Jim, you are right about this lovely view. I think that big, darker mountain on the right that seems closer to us it Mt. Helix, & we lived just to the right of the base of that mountain. One of our daughters lives just to the right of it, in Chula Vista.
My Dad used to love going fishing with buddies from work down to the Rosarito & Ensinada area in the 1970's & '80's, but it started going downhill & he didn't enjoy it as much so he stopped going around 1985. I hope they've cleaned it up by now, because Dad said it was really sad to see how bad it was getting.
I lived in San Diego from 1957 to 2003, & it has certainly grown, but is still so much better than LA & many other big cities. The people are generally more friendly, & the atmosphere is more casual. I think this website is one of the best for great information & some very good photos, in case you're interested: http://www.sandiego.org/plan-your-trip/visitor-information.aspx#ft7bfACKkZdG5tu0.97

CJ45

LOL!!!

djp

Yeah, it's the same in Tijuana; but here, only 15 miles south, it is more peaceful; except, as a holiday destination, the weekends when downtown (where I live) fills completely full of visitors. Great for business, but most everyone here looks forward the the weekday "lull" and peace.

CJ45

I know what you mean about cities I live in a small town that is growing every year but I can still walk along the pavements without "bumping" into people. I had a job in The City of Birmingham and had to walk to the building site as it was in the middle of the City after parking my car and the people would bump into you not aggressively but I never got used to it. LOL!!

djp

Never been to the Yucatan area, but know it is beautiful. I agree with the large cities, even Rosarito is too populated for my taste (but still a "small" town feel). Being close to a big city gives easy access for first class shopping and services; Tijuana has a thriving medical industry aimed at North Americans who flock here for treatment. Some "experimental" but most to US standards or better, but at a cost 1/3 to 1/2 less than US.

CJ45

Thanks for the information Dave, my eldest son is in Florida at present another one that does not take photos so will never know what areas look like.
We did tour Mexico years ago and enjoyed the people and the food. We went there principally to see the pyramids in Chichen Itza but decided to stay a while and enjoy the country but did not go to any big cities. (Do not like cities).

djp

This is a very good representative shot Clive, taken from Coronado and looking at downtown San Diego toward the nearby mountains. San Diego proper spreads about 30 miles north to Oceanside and south about 20 miles to Mexico where the urban sprawl continues with over 3 million more residents extending to Rosarito Beach (my home). A very large, congested area these days . . . .
Dave

CJ45

Oh Gina, I often woundered what San Diego looked like as my youngest son had an office there years ago but he is about as bad as me for taking photos so thanks for the puzzle.

PuzzleG

Yes it is, Robin. I'm still having some problems tho not as bad as before, but now again I don't know for sure if it's the ISP still, or if my computer has a virus or something again. Daughters & SIL are on vacation in San Francisco right now, may have SIL check it out when they get back. Sheesh, LOL!

mackabroin

well gina.....it is good to know that someone is doing something about it....and that it is their fault..lol...good luck on the fix..robin

PuzzleG

Hi Sparkles, Robin & Bev! Sparkles, I'm so sorry you are having such trouble with your phone! Hope it gets resolved soon. Robin, I found out our ISP tried to update something & somehow messed things up, & they are working to fix the problem. I knew this had happened, but thought they had fixed it, so thought my computer must be having problems. If it's not one thing it's another, LOL!
Bev, I'm glad you like the pic / puzzle. I love San Diego very much, & if I couldn't live here I'd rather live there than anywhere else, IF we could afford it. Our middle daughter lives there & she loves it. She tried living up here in Oregon, but said it's much to quiet & boring, LOL!

Absolutely stunning site and thank you P G...9-08-16..6:47PM

mackabroin

hi spaklies......I could ask him...but I would need a bit more info??..lol...and being as how you can't type...well that is going to be a problem.........they are so frustrating these da-- computers...can't live with them and can't live without......I am sorry I can't help .....robin

spaklies

I swear I typed every time! !!!!

spaklies

Everyone! ! Keeps freezing my screen pls ask your son xx this is my 7th attempt at finishing this message xx god bless

spaklies

Hi robin and gina xx my cell ph driving me NUTS!! everyone i want to post a comment on my replyes it freezes my of one

PuzzleG

Thank you Robin, I appreciate you offer. Actually, my Son-in-Law is also a computer tech & usually takes care of my computer needs. I just need to catch him next time he's here & have him take a look at it. They live 30+ miles away, & he works nights, so usually doesn't get to join our 2 daughters when they come up to visit. But I will definitely keep your son in mind if I need to ask a quick question. Our ISP told us about 2 weeks ago that they had tried to update something & somehow messed up, & were working on fixing the problems. Then it seemed to have cleared up for a couple of days, but now it's acting up again. You're so right, that computers sometimes seem like more of a curse than a blessing, LOL! But I don't know what I would do without Jigidi, & Facebook, & other neat things online, so it's well worth the occasional hiccup.

mackabroin

gee gina......I am so sorry about your computer......sometimes these things seem like a curse....we we keep coming back.....I hope it all gets ironed out soon...my son is a computer tech...if you need to ask him anything just let me know......thanks for all the info.....I loved my trip around the US also..robn

PuzzleG

Sorry everyone, my internet is giving me fits, so haven't checked on my puzzle comments in awhile. Robin, my family moved to San Diego in 1957, so we watched it "grow up". We used to visit Disneyland twice a year, for my Dad's Easter & Christmas vacations from work. Now days their prices are so awfully high, we can't afford to go there at all! Same with the San Diego zoo, & Sea World, & many other popular Southern CA attractions. It is very sad, but guess it's one of the things that go along with urban growth. And yes, San Diego is right on the border with Tijuana, Mexico.
Dave, you are right, & this has been going on for many years too. We lived near a family whose Husband/Dad was a coworker of my Hubby's, & they had houses both in the US & in Tijuana. They often spent weekends in "TJ", spending the money he earned in the US buying food & things down there for much less than they would cost here. That doesn't seem right to me, but here in Oregon we don't have sales tax, & Californians often come up here to buy "big ticket" items so there's no tax on them. Hubby's family lived in Northeast Washington state, & people would cross the border & shop in Canada when the dollar was worth more there than here. People do whatever they can to make ends meet & save money I guess. Before 9-11, we could just tell the border guards we were visiting with Hubby's parents & wanted to hop over & visit Canada for a bit, & they always just let us cross. Now you have to have a valid passport & really jump through some hoops to get across! The area around Grand Forks was truly spectacular, so wild & scenic! I have been blessed to have taken two cross-country trips, one with my parents from San Diego to Toledo & back, & the other when Hubby got out of the Navy, we drove up the Eastern Seaboard from Charleston to PA & OH, spent a day with family in Toledo, then went slantways down through IN, KS, etc., down to San Diego, then up the West Coast to WA to live with Hubby's parents. That trip took just over a month & was really the time of our lives!
Dearest Sparkles, I'm praying like mad that our internet will start behaving again soon! Meanwhile, I'll get on when I can, & will keep all of our dear Sisters in prayer, especially our dear O&A, & Tea's family & neighbors. Love you! xxxx

sparklightie

Sweet gina xx haven't seen you for a whole xx praying all Okay xxx god bless and puzzle now xx hugs to all

mackabroin

exactly....simple as that

djp

The luck of where you were born; or perhaps immigrated from ??

mackabroin

well isn't that cool dave......you are practically a native......I have gone up and down the I5 many times......it is the road to everywhere from here.....and I have been on a long trip around your country........aren't we sooo lucky to have this kind of freedom and friendship........I often remember how glad it worked out that I came from here and not one of the rebel countries....it is so scarey

djp

I spent some time in Vancouver in the late 70s, traveling in a motorhome with my wife and two young girls (daughters). Spent a week while having the engine on our Triumph Hearal convertable re built. Went to Victoria, then drove across Canada to International Falls (gas was CHEAP in Canada, about .25/gallon, over 1.00 in US). Then in mid 80s spent Halloween there . . . . At that time, I thought it was the most beautiful, cleanest city in the world!!

mackabroin

oh darn dave.....that is too bad.....our "border towns" are no indicitive of "us"....next time let me know you are coming and I will show you real vancouver

djp

Robin, I've crossed into Canada for the same reason !!!!

mackabroin

I went across from texas once......for about an hour..maybe not even.....but I didn't like it.....this was waaay back '69 or abouts.......I guess we just had to say we were there......lol

jan42ful

We loved it too Gina, just so beautiful. Would love to visit again too.
Thanks and hugs my friend ♥

mackabroin

I have a place in mount baker..about an hours drive from my house..across the border at the base of baker.....we now need passports to cross even for 10 minutes.....or they have nexus here....where you can just drive to the box and put up your nexus card and it will take the id and let you through if it is up to date and legit....we can walk across but you still need all the right papers.....on our side of the borders........there are 3 close enough for me to use to get to baker or seattle ...but there really isn't anything on our side.....we don't have small towns there.........at all 3 they are a few miles up into canada

djp

Not citizenship, but a resident Visa. I, along with thousands of others, have neither. I can be "kicked out" at anytime, but they never do that unless you commit a serious crime, The area adjacent to the border are "free zones" where a Visa is not required to visit for 3 days or less. Further into Mexico (usually about 100 miles), there are inspection stops where you cannot pass without a proper Visa. This promotes short term visitors and helps the economy. There are indications that may change, for example if you cross walking, sometimes they require you to have a passport (or a proper visa), but I drive across every week and they never ask and rarely stop me for a cursory "inspection".
Dave

mackabroin

wow dave.......how cool is that......do you have to take out mexican citizenship to live there permanently??

djp

Long slow drinks Robin. Tijuana is about a 20 minute drive from downtown San Diego, my home another 30 minutes south, to the beach!! There's even a trolley that goes from the downtown transit station (San Diego) right to the Mexican border, where you can walk across and either walk to the tourist area or take a taxi . . . .

mackabroin

wow dave.......is it really that close??....I was much younger when I was there..not thinking about mexico....except that my parents and our friends who live there all went to mexico for a drink??....but they were gone all day.LOL

djp

The cost of living is why about 75,000 US citizens are living in Tijuana/Rosarito Beach areas, many of whom commute to San Diego for work, school !!
Dave

mackabroin

what an amazing picture G.....last time I was down in san diego it was a "small town".....certainly nothing like this picture.....amazing to see it.......thanks for posting.....robin
I think it was about 1954 ish??.......the first time I went to disneyland....was an amazing trip..

spaklies

Looks gorgeous xx hugs to you ♥

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