Downtown Oceanside is a treasure trove. Artist Alley is one of many places that makes it so. The very name, Artist Alley, is intriguing in itself, since an alley typically is no place for a two year old to cruise around. This brightly lit alley, which runs behind Coast Highway between Pier View Way and Mission Ave., is full of interesting art. Some of it is appealing, some of it not (but it wouldn’t be art if everyone liked everything). I like that some of the artists incorporated the building itself, along with exterior pipes and lights, into their work.
LLLReptile is the largest and best reptile shop in San Diego county. For 25 years collectors and reptile owners have depended on LLLReptile to fill their cages and aquariums with snakes, lizards, spiders, scorpions, frogs, turtles and tortoises, along with the creepy crawlers they eat (centipedes, mice, crickets, etc.). It is like going to a reptile zoo, but it’s free and in our neighborhood. Lucky us.