California Coastal Eddy Sunsets

California Summer Sunsets

At least in Southern California, the best sunsets are fall and in the winter. That is when you get interesting clouds or clear skies that can make for dramatic sunsets.

In the summer you have to contend with a coastal eddy that creeps in and out during the summer months. If you are lucky it passes by and lets you enjoy a warm sunny day at the beach.

However, in late afternoon hours, it eventually and slowly moves back inland looking like a huge cloud of ugly gray.

From Point Conception to San Diego marine layers are common. If windy, it can blow the eddy aside for a little while making for a nice sunny day at the beach. If you are really lucky it stays away all day.

However, when it comes back in, you see it coming and you know soon the sun will be hidden and the boring hues of gray will engulf the sky.

It doesn’t make for fun sunset photo taking either. Sometimes only a small sliver of orange sun can be seen between the clouds.

Despite the challenges of summer sunsets in Southern California, you can still manage to get something interesting.

Here are a few from this summer and last summer in California.

Electriquettes in Balboa Park

StaycationerJoJo is back at it finding some unusual things to do in California. We have driven in Nascars, skydived, and flown jets in flight simulators, but this week she slows it way down for a ride in an Electriquette.

So what the heck is an Electriquette? An Electriquette is a motorized cart first made in 1915 for an exposition in Balboa Park. Based on wicker chairs, they were invented by Clyde Osborn and were originally pushed by hand.

An Electriquette

No surviving carts are known to exist and there is no info on what happened to them. However, the 2016 versions are alive and well in Balboa Park! They officially returned to Balboa Park in March of 2016 and you can rent them at the kiosk in front of the Rueben H. Fleet Science Museum.

We rented one for an hour and bypassed the umbrella rental of $2.00 which was a mistake since it was quite hot that day.

I was o.k. but they let you take your dogs so we had to find shade frequently for them during the ride.

Electriquette by Natural History Mueseum
An Electriquette with an umbrella breezes by the Natural History Museum.

Basically, the electric wicker cart allows you to cruise down the streets of Balboa Park at the pace of a fast walker. Depending on how much time you have, you could easily stop at the museums and when finished, continue on in your own personal chariot. Mostly they are for someone who wants to see what Balboa Park is all about. Like me, I didn’t realize it housed so many museums.

Along with the Rueben H. Fleet Science Museum, there is the Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego Museum of Man, just to name a few. There are restaurants, the Old Globe Theater, Botanical Building and Lily Pond, plus much more.

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Cape Cod or California?

Cape Cod or California
O.k. they are not exactly sister areas but there are a lot of places in California that look like or try to look like Cape Cod.
I have never actually been there but I have always enjoyed the photos I have seen.

People from that area are always proud of their territory so I hope I don’t do them an injustice by Staycations Californias new quiz: Cape Cod or California?
I love California too but I have always been intrigued by Cape Cod. I have been places that I felt could easily be on the east coast and in that area.

So this photo challenge, asks the question, Cape Cod or California?

Pull out a piece of paper and see how many you can get right. Some photos I have used in posts so you might recognize them and all the photos of Cape Cod are courtesy of Google.

See how many you can get right. Answers at the end .


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