This photograph was taken early this morning when I walked through downtown to catch the trolley for work. I strolled a short distance along the Embarcadero near the County Administration Building and was pleased to see many tall ships had already arrived to take part in the 2013 Festival of Sail this Labor Day weekend.
In addition to the San Diego Maritime Museum’s venerable Star of India, HMS Surprise and Californian, numerous high-masted sailing vessels will participate in the historic event. And simulated cannon battles will take place on San Diego Bay! Lots of excited people will be touring these beautiful ships!
Here’s a bonus pic from the following morning:
It’s a year later! I checked out the 2014 Festival of Sail early Friday morning before the event began and took a few pics from behind the fence! Here they are! (I will be attending the event on Sunday, so look for many more detailed ship photos on the Cool San Diego Sights blog!)
The runner with the flag led a bunch of lustily singing Navy personnel on a run right next to the festival venue!
Here are more photographs that I took of the wonderful mural depicting a sinuous blue ribbon of life, symbol of the San Diego River. The long blue ribbon is held up and cherished by those who live along it. The flowers, tree, cloud and happy children give this fine example of urban art amazing vitality. This surprising parking lot mural contains joy from one end to the other!
Here’s a photograph of one small part of the very colorful mural that can be found on the north side of the San Diego River, just east of Mission Center Road. It decorates a long wall along the parking lot below Carl’s Jr. This great example of meaningful urban art depicts the river in the form of a long blue ribbon, being held by many diverse San Diegans representing every walk of life.
This is a good place to begin a walk along the river, heading east. Shady trails run along either side of the river, offering surprisingly peaceful and beautiful views of the rippling water, green trees and assorted wildlife, including pelicans, cormorants, herons, egrets, ducks and seagulls. And you’ll see passing red trolleys, too!