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San Diego 8: The beaches of Torrey Pines and Ramona, California, USA - 29th February 2008

Isobel's working in San Diego for a week, and as Nosher has not been out there for a while, and has a heap of airmiles hanging around, it was decided to cash some of them in and go and visit for a long weekend. It's Nosher's eighth time out, but Isobel's first over a weekend, so it's a good chance to show a few of the places that Nosher used to visit. It's also a lot warmer than the UK at this time of year, and despite the odd spot of cloud over San Diego, it's generally gorgeous weather - especially out in the desert. So, on Saturday, we take the V-8 Mustang out for a spin into the Anza Borrego State Park and out to the Salton Sea...

next album: The California Desert: Julian to the End of the World and Back - 1st March 2008
previous album: February Miscellany: Aldeburgh, Birthdays and Sprogs - 10th-17th February 2008

A Singapore Airlines 747 cruises past us a couple of thousand feet below

The Singapore 747 speeds across the cloud deck, leaving a contrail wake behind it

At Torrey Pines Glider Port, a para-glider takes off briefly

The sun sets over the Pacific Ocean

Isobel on the beach at Torrey Pines

An old Winnebago sits on the clifftop, whilst some of the road falls in to the sea

A discarded child's spade in the pebbles

One of the iconic lifeguard huts

Rolling waves and the disappearing sun

Surfers and spray

People on the beach

A surfer heads in to the waves

Isobel in the dusk

A surfer leaves a trail of footprints in the wet sand

Number 4 lifeguard hut, Torrey Pines

On our way out to the desert, we stop off in Ramona

The lobby of the restored Ramona cinema. The owner's dad mills around

Ramona Cinema

Small shack/shop, Ramona

The Route 78 sign and a traffic light

The frontage of the Ramona Mainstage Theatre (old cinema)

The amusingly-named Turkey Inn

Patriotism in a pot

A ponytailed dude strides up the street

Newspaper boxes and a neon sign

Liquor and gas

On the outskirts of Julian, Ca, the 'Rong Branch' saloon, and a bunch of bikers

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A Singapore Airlines 747 cruises past us a couple of thousand feet below