Monthly Archives: September 2011

Bonfire at the Beach

We love bonfires at the beach.  We look forward to summer evenings spent in the sand around a fire, roasting hot dogs and marshmallows with friends.  I feel like our summer was cut short this year with the broken elbow stifling the first part of the summer.  By the time we were back in play, it was time to leave on vacation and then our summer was over.  Thankfully we have some good friends who saw the need for an end-of-summer bonfire last Friday and made it happen.  The first great part about it was that I wasn’t the one planning it.  That meant that I was not the one who was stressing about getting a fire pit.  We left for Mission Beach soon after school was out, but not before receiving a phone call and learning that the fire pits were all taken there and that my friends had ended up at the bay, namely Ventura Cove.

The Hubby dropped us off and headed over to the beach (because the surf was supposedly bigger than it has been all year, although the tide was too high to make it really worthwhile) to surf for a while.  Finding this spot was perfect!  The fire pit was right next to the parking lot where there was ample parking.  We were right next to bathrooms (that included toilet seats and doors on the stalls).  I also loved that we were at the bay, which meant plenty of sand but no waves!

"I'm giving myself sand gloves!"

We could sit back and watch the kids out in the water without having to chase after them.

We had a great time.  We had our first s’mores of the summer and thoroughly enjoyed our time with friends.

These puppies are not easy to eat with two missing front teeth

You can bet that our next bonfire at the beach will be at Ventura Cove!

To get there: take West Mission Bay Drive to Gleason and turn right (just before Bahia Resort) then turn right into the parking lot.

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Mormon Battalion Museum

One of our favorite places to visit in San Diego is the Mormon Battalion Historic Site.  It’s completely free and open every day, 9-9.

It’s located in Old Town (on the corner of Juan and Harney and there’s free parking in the back) has recently been renovated.  I had never gone before the renovation, but let me tell you that now it is really, really cool.  The tour takes about 45 minutes or so and is totally worth the time.  Members of the Mormon Battalion tell (virtually) their story.  The basic history of this group of people is that they joined the army to fight in the war with Mexico and in the process, walked over 2000 miles and built a trail all the way to San Diego where they helped the people here build the town.  It’s quite the story and to get the full effect, you’ll have to visit the museum yourself.  My kids absolutely love it so we had to take The Cousin when she was here visiting.  We went on a Friday morning and got the royal treatment.

There was only one other couple on the tour with me and my three kids so we got special attention.  At the end of the tour, there are other fun things to do.  You can play games.  You can check the roster from the battalion and see if you have any ancestors who were part of the group (I do!).  You can take a photo of your group with an old backdrop and email it to yourself or take the print home.  Then, outside there are a number of exciting things for the kids to do.  There is panning for gold,

a laundry station,

a water pump,

a well,

a brick firing station,

hobby horses, and more!

If I would let them, my kids would stay for hours.  There is also a tower where there is a great view of the city.  Oh, and did I mention the covered wagon out front?

We love this place!  Did I mention it’s free?  Totally.

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