La Jolla Shores Park is Home to Sea Lions in San Diego, California 

La Jolla Shores Park is Home to Sea Lions in San Diego, California! Among the rock formations, cave crevices, crashing waves, and sandy beachfront lies a hidden cove where wild sea lions congregate and claim the area as their own. This seal sanctuary gives passersby the opportunity to step gingerly on sandstone cliffs to get a closer look at the colony of marine mammals at rest and at play. Watch them safely from above or bravely head down to the ocean’s edge where snapshots can be taken effortlessly. After all, these sea lions enjoy the sun, wind, water, and company of seagulls just as Nature intended. When you follow the scenic walkway along the shoreline, expect to see pelicans in flight, body surfers, scuba divers, and snorkelers. Not far from Shell Beach, against a concrete barrier, the tide pools fill La Jolla Children’s Pool which is another gorgeous spot to marvel at breathtaking sunsets and unpredictable sea life. Although it’s a temptation to gain proximity, stay a safe distance away and keep the interactions to a minimum. These creatures are, after all, in their natural habitat. It is best to pay attention to the bark or growl warning when invading their space. Remember, a picture is worth a thousand words. 

Eating My Way Through the Alphabet; Letter G

What’s Cooking in Gail’s Kitchen? Appetizers to Desserts: Glorious Glazed Pecans! Go to any big city or farmers market and you’ll find street vendors roasting sweet and savory candied nuts. The bakery aroma practically has you walking on air. Now you can bring this enticing smell and sugary sweetness right into your very own kitchen. I’ve made it a tradition to bake a couple batches for holiday gift-giving. When mixed with an assortment of smoked almonds, wasabi peas, salty cashews, and honey roasted peanuts, these glazed pecans become a gourmet choice for absolutely anyone on your list. In fact, anticipation creates excitement followed by open delight and thanksgiving. 

1 pound pecan halves 

1 cup sugar

1 teaspoon sea salt 

1 teaspoon cinnamon 

1 egg white, room temperature 

1 tablespoon water

Preheat oven to 300┬░. Spray a baking sheet with nonstick oil. In a small bowl mix sugar, salt, and cinnamon. Stir well and set aside. In a large bowl beat egg white and water until frothy. Add one pound of pecans and coat well to cover. Pour sugar mixture over nuts. Stir completely to form a coating over pecans. Transfer nuts to the baking sheet. Form a single layer. Bake 30 minutes, turning every 10 minutes to form a crystallized finish. Remove from oven. Let cool and then store in an airtight container.