Yesterday had Thanksgiving dinner with Phillip, and family. Before Phillip and wife Rebecca could serve a nice meal, they had to cook it. And to cook it, they had to be free of their never-stopping entropy-making always-grabbing young children, ages 1 and 3, for a few hours. So took the youngsters out for a romp around. First, drove to San Elijo Lagoon Nature Center in Cardiff by the Sea. The nature center has informative displays inside the building, and long trails around the lagoon for viewing nature or for a good long walk.
After the lagoon, took the little ones to Queen Califia’s Magical Circle at Kit Carson Park, near the mall in the southern part of Escondido. This was created by Miki de Saint Phalle, whose work is mostly in Europe, and opened to the public in 2003. There are creatures of all kinds, but mainly birds and snakes, made of shiny, colorful and iridescent stones and tiles.
One enters through a black and white and fragmented mirrors maze. The perimeter is guarded by a series of giant snakes of every color imaginable (and maybe a few that aren’t). At the center is the voluptuous Queen Califia, an Amazon queen, on a huge bird-like creature. Under the bird is a chamber with stars and planets embedded in the ceiling. Benches integrated into the sculpture provide a place for parents and kid-watchers to rest while the little ones run amok.
William Jeffcott is thrilled to visit Queen Califia
Caty and William playing at one of the sculptures
After all that frolicking, went to Phillip and Rebecca’s place for a great turkey, baked ham w/pineapples, mashed potatoes, gravy, string bean casserole, sweet potato w/marsh-mellows, hot rolls, cheese casserole, broccoli-vegetable casserole, pumpkin pie, and cherry pie dinner.
Phillip and Rebecca finalize the table