Friday, December 7, 2012


This December day started out with a pleasant commuter ferry ride from Coronado to downtown San Diego. Followed by a not so pleasant walk up Broadway to Balboa Park--passing Horton Plaza, dozens of tattoo shops, unusual folks, City College and finally the Park. Unintentionally, I managed to take the least scenic and longest route to Balboa Park. The purpose of the trip was to meet with my daughter, Anna, and to take her niece, Sophia, skating. Anna picked me up at the Park. We drove to Westfield UTC Mall for skating. This was a good choice because the rink was wide open--a skaters delight.

The last time Anna skated with Sophia, it required two adults to hold her up which is why I was recruited for this excursion.  After one trip around the rink, it was clear that this little four-year-old was on her way to skating with the help of one hand and then no hands.  A very remarkable young lady--just like her skating instructor, Anna.  However, what I found fascinating was Sophia's falling down and putting her finger on the little bit of snow that built up from the skaters.  I realized, of course, that she was intrigued by the snow because she lives in snowless San Diego. 

Later, when I returned to Coronado by ferry and met my husband at the Landing he was amused by a long line he had just witnessed.  Children and parents were waiting to play and slide on the "Mountain of Snow" (four feet high).  Yes, in Coronado they ship in tons of snow for the kids to play on for a few hours in order to celebrate Christmas.  It is sponsored by the Coronado Chamber of Commerce and part of the Annual Open House. 

Just for the record, the forecast for Maple Plain, MN tomorrow is as follows:  "Intermittent snow showers, especially early. High 33F. S winds shifting to WNW at 15 to 25 mph. Chance of snow 70%.
1-3 inches of snow expected." (I just heard they had over ten inches of snow.) 
 Could there be a greater appreciation for snow out here in San Diego? Is less better? For now, I think less is better. 




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