This humble blog was started to document our travels around the country during the summer of 2006, We have opted to continue updating it due to the requests from family & friends. Enjoy!
Thursday, May 28, 2015
The depths of the wild below…
April 22, 2015
The depths of the wild below…
My first day post Coachella, I
drove back down the California coast towards San Diego. I had tickets to see
the band The Cat Empire at the famous club in Solana Beach, the Belly Up that
evening and I made my way down to check out the beauty of the Southern
California coast before catching the show that night.
I began by driving to the
beautiful coastal community of La Jolla, just north of San Diego. . La Jolla is
truly a beautiful little city, or neighborhood of San Diego as it is. The
coastal community is home to the beautiful Scripps Institute of Oceanography
and the University of California San Diego. There is a wonderful upscale
shopping area with restaurants and bars and of course the amazing beach and
The coastline includes the incredible
La Jolla Cove and cave, which is open as a park-like area along the clifty
coast. I went over to check it out and see the many seals and sealions which
call the area home. There are so many of them and they are so used to human
interaction that they are everywhere along the coast, even right on the
swimming beach where they frolic in the waves along with the many humans taking
to the sea there.
Their lack of fear of humans
allows you to get very close for photos and it was mesmerizing to just sit and
watch their activity. People for the most part do not seem to bother them too
much, mostly just taking photos and watching the amazing animals as they go
about their business.
It is such a beautiful place and
so cool to see the wildlife up close and personal. After hanging at the beach
for some time I walked over to the nearby La Jolla Brewery to try some
delicious West coast craft brew and have a bite of lunch before heading north
towards Solana Beach, which is yet another beautiful upscale coastal suburb of
I arrived in time to check out an
amazing sunset on the beach there as I watched surfers try their luck in the
chilly waves along the beach. It was a great way to spend an evening prior to
the show at the Belly Up, the famous nightclub only a couple of blocks from the
The Belly Up has hosted just about
every major (and minor) musical act of the past 30 years. It is a small,
intimate space with a laid-back beach vibe that the bands can appreciate. I was
happy that the band The Cat Empire was scheduled to play while I was there, as
I had never had the chance to see them and I really enjoy their music.
The Australian Ska/ Jazz band has
been around since 1999 and while they have never quite caught on big in the
USA, they are huge in their native Australia and their high energy music and
live shows have something of a cult following here. I thought their show was terrific,
they even played my favorite song “Fishies”. If you have not heard them, they
are for sure worth checking out.
About Us- We are Kathy Kilroy and Michael Blades and this blog was created to document our summer travels around the nation in 2006 and we have opted to continue posting to keep our friends and family informed of our lives. We each have lived in Key West for over 20 years and met and were married here in October, 2003.