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San Diego RV Resort, La Mesa, CA    Page 2

Historic Old Town San Diego, the Birthplace of California.

"It was here in 1769, that Father Junipero Serra came to establish the very first mission in a chain of 21 missions that were to be the cornerstone of California’s colonization."

"The first European settlement on the West Coast of the present-day United States was the San Diego Presidio, a military outpost of Spanish California, founded by Gaspar de Portola in 1769. Mission San Diego de Alcala was founded by Father Junipero Serra the same year. The Presidio and Mission were originally built on a bluff, Presidio Hill, which is now the site of the city-owned Presidio Park and which is immediately adjacent to Old Town State Historic Park."
Mission San Diego de Alcala – the first.


Inside


Old Town


Burrito time.

More than I expected for $7. Couldn't finish it all.

"The missionaries forced San Diego's original inhabitants, the Kumeyaay Indians to abandon their seminomadic lifestyle [ RV? ] and live at the mission; they also expected the Indians to adopt Spanish customs and Christianity as their religion, although the Indians resisted fiercely. The Kumeyaays, responding to the loss of more of their land, attacked and burned it in 1775. Their revolt was short-lived, however. A later assault on the presidio was less successful, and by 1800 about 1,500 Kumeyaays were living on the mission's grounds, receiving religious instruction and adapting to Spanish ways." Maybe the Indians could'nt resist a good burrito :)

Actually, inhabitants of California go back a bit further:
The Calaveras Skull

The most notorious fossil discovered in the Gold Rush mines of California was the Calaveras skull.  In February 1866, Mr. Mattison, the principal owner of the mine on Bald Hill, near Angels Creek, removed this fossilized skull from a layer of gravel 130 feet below the surface.  The gravel was near the bedrock, underneath several distinct layers of volcanic material.  It was examined by J.D. Whitney, State Geologist of California, who presented a report on the Calaveras skull to the California Academy of Sciences on July 16, 1866, affirming that it was found in Pliocene strata (2-6 million years ago).  This discovery caused a huge sensation in America and many believed it was a hoax. [it wasn’t]

Millions of years ago, and even hundreds of millions of years ago, California had civilizations that were more advanced than our present. Interesting, huh?

I was walking by The Museum of Man again an was thinking: Why can’t they be more unbiased or objective about the things man finds to influence his evolution. Man finds himself coming across intelligent design data that influences his behavior like:
“Vedic cosmology propounds a supreme being who manifests life forms, including human forms, in universes which undergo repeated events of creation and destruction over vast periods of cyclical time. The basic unit of cyclical time in the Vedic cosmology is the day of Brahma, which lasts for 4.32 billion years. The current day of Brahma began about 2 billion years ago. The day of Brahma is composed of 14 sub-cycles called manvantara periods, each lasting about 300 million years. Humans are manifested in each manvantara period. Although the Vedic cosmology recognizes the existence of beings with apelike bodies and human-like intelligence, humans of our type existed alongside them.
The age of a Manu, the Vedic progenitor of mankind, is an astronomical period of time measurement. Each Manvantara is created and ruled by a specific Manu, who in turn is created by Brahma, the Creator himself. Manu creates the world, and all its species during that period of time, each Manvantara lasts the lifetime of a Manu, upon whose death, Brahma creates another Manu to continue the cycle of Creation.
Eventually it takes 14 Manus and their respective Manvantaras to create a Kalpa, Aeon, or a ‘Day of Brahma’, according to the Vedic timeline. Thereafter, at the end of each Kalpa, there is a period - same as Kalpa - of dissolution or Pralaya , wherein the world (earth and all life forms, but not the entire universe itself) is destroyed and lies in a state of rest, which is called the, ‘Night of Brahma’.
After that the creator, Brahma starts his cycle of creation all over again, in an endless cycle of creation followed by Destruction for which Shiva, Vedic God of destruction, and also renewal, is invoked towards the end of each such cycle.”

Then a guy with a website called "I Mister Totality" comes along and says that every aspect of the universe has three attributes: Creation [Brahma], Maintenance [Vishnu], and Dissolution [Shiva]. Every aspect of the universe, like man, has a topic host [Manu]. Everything comes out of and returns to a rest state [Night of Brahma and Shiva] in an endless cycle. The supreme being, Mr. Totality [Krishna], plays hide-and-seek with His creation [Brahma-Vishnu-Shiva]. Part of the play is for Californian man to think that this is a bunch or Hindu religious bunk :)

What Darwinists don’t take into consideration is that in addition to mutation and selection, as a free-will agent, man’s mind shapes the outer condition – including his body. That means DNA transformation. Man can isolate himself in clans, and through fear,superstition, and violence, becomes more primitive and animal-like in his lifestyle. Through generations, his body reshapes in response to this condition. This is the origin of apes and big-foot like creatures. It’s called devolution. Not only that, but man can take an interesting twist like an E.T., or even take on archetypal characteristics of various animal types.

Some man-shaped variations which reflect obvious states of mind:

It's fun to go a bit deeper into Man in California :)

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Went to the most Ratatouille-like restaurant in Balboa Park – The Prado.


I had the tortilla soup for lunch. That's all I needed. I like keeping my portions small like the Ratatouille mouse. Then off to the art museum.

Enjoyed seeing A Rubens sketch up close.


And a Canaletto. This guy painted using a straight-edge guide. He actually cut lines into the canvas surface. The Venice architecture is immaculate. Under increasing pressure to turn out more and more paintings for the tourist trade, Canaletto took on assistants, who watered down his style. But not this one. Okay he painted mostly Venice canals, so is that how he got the name canal-etto? Nope, just a coincidence.

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Speckles Organ Pavilion, Balboa Park.
I like how this outdoor organ is housed.


While I was there, someone inside was practicing Bach's Toccata and Fugue in D Minor.






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