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Get Your Pumpkins San Diego
17 Exhibits to See in October in San Diego
10 Things To Do in San Diego This Weekend
Fall Gardening Guide: How to Trim Back Your Garden


Spooky San Diego 2013

Spooky San Diego 2013. #halloween #sandiego #haunted

October is here! Maybe it’s because my birthday’s in October but we at The Wanderer Guides think this month is the best of the year (don’t you agree?).

With October comes Halloween and we all know what that means: lots of haunted trails, spooky houses and decked out amusement parks. Here’s your guide to haunted and spooky San Diego:

  • Brick-or-Treat every weekend in October at LEGOLAND. Costume contests, special Saturday hours, entertainment, and the Brick-or-Treat Trail. Fireworks every Saturday at 9pm too!
  • The Haunted Hotel in downtown San Diego. So scary, I couldn’t even look at the website for long…
  • Boomont Park every weekend in October and Halloween Thursday. Belmont Park has it all for their spooky weekends: trick-or-treating, a haunted house, a pumpkin patch, zombie laser tag and more.
  • Ghosts and Gravestones Haunted Tours. Old Town will never been the same after you take this tour!
  • The Haunted Trail in Balboa Park. They even have a really really extra scary area called The eXperiment, which sounds beyond terrifying.
  • Ghost Tours and more at the Whaley House in Old Town. This spooky house has some Ghost Hunting Tours and special hours during the month of October.
  • Halloween Spooktacular thru October 27th at SeaWorld. Fun characters, spooky shows, goodies and more.
  • Haunting Tales abroad the Star of India with the Maritime Museum of San Diego. Only 4 days in October to catch this spooky event!
  • The Scream Zone at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. Yep, it’s back and this year with Zombie Paintball.
  • Paranormal Investigation Tours and Gaslamp Ghost Tours from the Gaslamp Museum. Ghosts roam the Gaslamp area and this tour will show you where.
  • Savage House in La Mesa. New this year and I totally appreciate the scary backstory (read the blurb on the website). They even have a scary characters museum, which I might actually be able to visit without losing my mind!

And for a few notable haunted areas just outside San Diego:

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How to Stay Safe at Night

“Better a thousand times careful than once dead.”  Proverb

Safety doesn’t happen by accident. It takes precaution and knowing the environment around us. Now that it’s starting to get darker earlier, it’s even more important to keep safe. Here are some ideas to keep safe when walking to your car/home at night:

  • Don’t Walk Alone. It’s always safer to walk in numbers, whether it’s your burly roommate or the person you chat with by the water cooler.
  • Walk in Well Lit Areas and Along Main Pathways. Don’t take that shortcut through the pitch black canyon or the sketchy alley just because it saves you 2 minutes.
  • Avoid Large Bushes, Dark Doorways, Etc. We have a lot of these areas in San Diego—be aware because people can be lurking.
  • Don’t Use Headphones/Listen to Music. It makes you disconnected from your environment.
  • Be Careful Crossing Streets. It’s harder for cars to see you (especially those of us who wear lots of dark colors!).
  • Walk with Purpose. Keep your head up and walk like you know what you’re doing.
  • Don’t Play with Your Phone, Etc. It’s easier to attack someone who’s distracted and oblivious.
  • Keep a Whistle or Something You Can Use As a Weapon Handy. You’ll be prepared to at least scare off any potential attacker.
  • Walk on the Side of the Road Opposing Traffic If You Walk Along the Street. This may be pretty obvious but so are a lot of things we all should know…
  • If You See Something that Makes You Nervous, Avoid. I’ve walked along the street instead of walking on the sidewalk because of suspicious looking people.  Do the same if you sense even a slight potential of danger.

5 Essential Garden Products

5 Best Gardening Tools from The Wanderer Guides. #gardening #gardenideas #ideas #cool #garden

Gardening, just like any worthwhile pursuit, requires work, and when we work in the garden, it can be a sweaty affair. Today let’s go over five favorite products to make our labor of love a little more lovely (especially on my lower back…):

  1. Spade Tipped Large Shovel. Spade tip shovels are pointy enough to cut through tough ground and roots but with a large enough head to transfer dirt efficiently. I tend to break the wooden handles on these guys with the clay soil we have in San Diego. The one I recommend is the True Tough Longhandle from Lowes. This beauty has a fiberglass handle with great grip and has taken the hardest loads I can deal out. Plus it’s got a great wide step to push in to the ground so you don’t slip off or hurt your feet.
  2. Multi-Use Hand Trowel. Hand trowels were always my least favorite tool because I wanted to use it for more things than just moving dirt from a bag to a pot. The one I’ve got now is a true renaissance tool…the Corona Hand Weeder can do it all! It’s called a weeder because it has a forked end on it and a great curve that helps you pry up the most stedfast weeds. It’s got a serrated edge that works great to open bags of soil and cut roots and even small branches. And it’s perfectly designed to transplant since it easily cuts through dirt and the curve helps lift the plants from the bottom.
  3. Strong Loppers. There’s a ton of options for cutting tools in the garden but if you’ve got a good set of loppers, you can tackle most tasks. I bought a pair of Corona’s heavy duty orchard loppers. Strong loppers are a great all around trimming tool. They cut through everything with ease and have withstood some of the thickest branch cuts on our old lilac tree.
  4. Pruning Saw. These guys come in handy for all the limbs that are too thick for those loppers. The best pruning saws cut in both directions–you cut as much when you pull as when you push. The best I’ve seen in the area are made by Florian and I got them at the Del Mar Fair (it will never be the San Diego County fair to me). These guys not only cut in both directions but they don’t get stuck when the saw bends a little. We used these this summer to fell a 50-foot tall macadamia nut tree. I prefer the non-folding kind: less parts to break! 
  5. Hand Pruners. Hand pruners are the final tool I keep in my belt (I even have a folding one in my work bag for pruning on the go). I’ve got several pairs of these guys but the ones I like the most are Centurian’s Classic Pruners. They have a Titanium blade that holds its sharp edge forever and the locking mechanism seems to withstand even some occational rusting (Don’t let this happen! Clean and put away your tools!). The grip is nice and it has a sturdy construction that keeps the blades from bending.

5 Theatre Picks for Fall in San Diego

Theatre Picks in San Diego. #picasso #cool #theatre #sandiego

It’s Fall! The season brings many things, and today’s focus is the wonderful shows that are starting at theaters around SD. Here are 5 theatre picks to check out before the season ends:

  1. The Last Goodbye. The Old Globe hosts a musical version of Romeo and Juliet. How can you go wrong? Just opened on Sunday.
  2. Wait Until Dark. The concept of this thriller is so intriguing to me. A blind woman is terrorized and the play is directed/produced in such a way to create massive suspense in the audience. I’m debating if it’s too scary for me…Happening at the New Village Arts Theatre.
  3. A Weekend with Pablo Picasso. Spend some time getting to know the famous artist in this interesting play. Go soon because performances end on October 6th.
  4. SPANK! The Fifty Shades Parody. Happening for one weekend only at the Balboa Theatre…you know you want to see it!
  5. The 39 Steps. If you like Hitchcock, you have to go see this play at The Horton Grand at the end of October. It’s the play version of one of his spy thrillers and I’m all on board!