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Balboa Park Nudist Colony July 24, 2010

Posted by bobv451 in conventions, education, nostalgia, science fiction, VIPub, weird news, writing.

This will probably be the last about specifics on the San Diego trip, but this is an oddity I wanted to share.  As she escorted us around, pointing out things of note, Kim Keeline said there was at one time a nudist colony in Balboa Park.

There’s the write up on it.  Zoro Garden.  For some reason, it is no longer there but they do have botanical gardens and Japanese gardens and museums of all kinds.  So, sorry, no pictures.

We hit the Auto Museum and then the Air & Space.  No matter what the locals say, this is not as good as the Smithsonian A&S, but then what is?  But it is mighty good, with an SR-71 on sticks outside and a cool 3D motion theater inside.  Two 3D movies, both cartoons.  One about a kid and his jet pack that is mighty fine and the other, longer one about three flies hitching a ride with Neil Armstrong to the Moon.  Cute.  I won’t spoil the surprises if you happen to see either, but there *are* surprises.  For me, at least.  Well done.

I was a little dense about why the San Diego Airport is Lindbergh Field.  Turns out the Spirit of St Louis was built by Ryan Aviation here.  So why wasn’t it the Spirit of San Diego?  I never found out.  That’s Lindbergh on the left.

I just printed out the cover for Fred Saberhagen’s GOLDEN REFLECTIONS, a wonderful anthology based on Mask of the Sun with stories by David Weber, Harry Turtledove and other nifty writers.  Check it out.

I am taking this for the world premier showing of it (well…) To my autographing at Page One Books set for 3PM today.  If you’re in Abq, come on by.  Even if you’re not, try to make it.



1. vlad - July 27, 2010

Thanks for the info. Good luck!

2. Nan Silvernail - July 27, 2010

More info and video (Yes! Pictures Here!) on Balboa Park’s Zorro Gardens, etc:

Yes, They went Nudie in the park! What a year it was, 1935 – 6!
The remnant of the garden is still there. You just have to know where to peek – I mean look. The Queen of the Nudies was “kidnapped” by a Robot during the “show.” How Vintage Sci-Fi can you get?

I LOVE Balboa Park. Spent a lot of time there in my youth.
Check out “Ken Kramer About San Diego” videos on YouTube. Great stuff. Especially the Historic Table and Gravity Hill.

3. Here Be Dragons - February 23, 2011

I’ve never heard about a nude garden. All news to me!

bobv451 - February 23, 2011

The world is full of strangeness and delight. All you have to do is listen for it. I love weird factoids like this.

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