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Disc golfing at Morley Field #2

Posted by George J Janczyn on January 13, 2018

(Part 2 in the series of selected Morley Field disc golfing photos that I shot between 1979-82.)

Group watches a partner driving on hole 12.

Another drive on hole 12.

Focused on target!

Putting on what I think was hole 9 at the time.

Player beneath tree on right making a long attempt at the basket on hole 3.

Sizing up the putt for hole 2.

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Disc golfing at Morley Field

Posted by George J Janczyn on January 8, 2018

Morley Field Disc Golf Course was the brainchild of Snapper Pierson, an avid disc golfer who in 1978 worked to convince Balboa Park management to let him build a disc golf course in a little-used portion of Morley Field just east of the archery range. He installed concrete tee pads, erected signs and baskets, watered and groomed the landscape, and more. Soon he was able to convert storage space in a brick building that housed the public restrooms to open a small pro shop from which to operate. He began to sell discs and refreshments and organized competitive tournaments. At first use of the course was free of charge but eventually a fee was needed to help pay for the expense of maintaining the course.

Above section crossed out after Snapper sent me this correction:

“Ed Headrick the founder of Disc Golf put the course in the park in August of 1977. The city paid 1/2 $2500 and Wham-o MFG. paid the other half on a matching grant program that Ed had set up with them before he left their employ as a VP in charge of product development. Ed invented the modern Frisbee by putting flight lines on the Pluto Platter and coming up with the first Pro model Frisbee for Wham-o. The city took out the course in late 1977 to put in the restroom and I got tired of waiting for it to be put back into the ground so I went to the Tennis courts and took back our baskets and put them back in the ground in 1978. Ed declared my course pro after that and the city asked me to put in a shop in 1979 and use the backroom at the bathroom for storage.”

The course continues to grow in popularity (click here for more Morley Field history).

My neighbor Bruce Woodruff told me about the course in 1979 when I was living in Hillcrest. Soon I was hooked and we would head over to the course almost every day after work to shoot an evening round with friends and acquaintances.

In those days I was teaching myself photography and practiced by taking pictures of disc golfing at Morley Field. I shot exclusively in black & white because I developed and printed my pictures in a homemade darkroom in my apartment bathroom and it was less expensive and complicated than processing in color. Since then most of my negatives have been filed away in binders.

I recently bought a film scanner in order to convert the negatives to digital format, both for preservation purposes and to able to share some photos online. Who knows, some people might come across these pictures and see themselves. I’ll be posting a selection of photos in a short series of posts in the coming weeks. This is the first installment.

(For enlargements, click any image for an enlargement to open in a separate browser tab.)

Snapper Pierson demonstrates a catch called “scarecrow.” His shirt: 1979 World Frisbee Disc Golf Champion.

After one of the earliest local tournaments, Snapper gives cash payout to Bruce Woodruff.

Shooting on hole 10 just outside the pro shop.

Another view of the tee pad for hole 10.

A long putt for hole 1.

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A stroll in Pacific Beach down Garnet Ave from Ingraham St to Crystal Pier and back again

Posted by George J Janczyn on December 31, 2017

A slideshow of photos taken on December 22, 2017.

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Here’s what bicycling in San Diego should be like

Posted by George J Janczyn on July 1, 2017

During our recent visit to Canada we saw a considerable number of bicycle commuters in downtown Montreal and Vancouver, far more than we ever do in downtown San Diego and vicinity. I think their street accommodations and strategic use of one-way streets might have something to do with it!

René Lévesque Boulevard in Montreal about 1/2 km east of Chinatown.


Downtown Montreal, Blvd de Maisonneuve at Rue Peel.


Downtown Montreal. Sometimes there were more bicycles than cars on the road.


Downtown Monteral. This was typical at all times of the day.


Vancouver is a role model for what support for bicycling can do. In 2015 the city reported 131,000 bicycle trips (


Downtown Vancouver.

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California Tower, Balboa Park

Posted by George J Janczyn on June 9, 2017

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Trestles (San Onofre State Beach)

Posted by George J Janczyn on May 21, 2017

Trestles is immediately south of San Clemente. We went midweek so it wasn’t crowded. Parking for the trailhead can be found just east of the Christianitos Rd offramp from I-5 and it’s about a 15-minute walk on the trail to the beach. The big attraction here is the great surfing, of course, but it’s a nice place to walk along the shoreline, explore the surroundings, relax on the sand, and enjoy the sights.

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The not-so-safe way down to Black’s Beach

Posted by George J Janczyn on May 15, 2017

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San Diego March for Science 2017 photo gallery

Posted by George J Janczyn on April 23, 2017

Photos of some of the people marching at the March for Science in downtown San Diego on April 22, 2017. Click images to enlarge.

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Ramona Grasslands County Preserve

Posted by George J Janczyn on April 3, 2017

Following our decent winter rains, now is a good time to visit Ramona Grasslands County Preserve since everything is green there right now. The two loop trails (just about 3 miles total round trip, rated “easy” in Jerry Schad’s “Afoot & Afield San Diego County”) provide a pleasurable 2-hour spring hike with a variety of scenic spots. The trail is horse friendly so you may encounter some equestrian traffic along the way. As usual, click photos for enlargements.

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Mountain Palm Springs (Anza-Borrego Desert State Park)

Posted by George J Janczyn on March 21, 2017

We didn’t want to risk crowds and traffic going to see the wildflower bloom at Borrego Springs today, so we opted for the southern part of Anza-Borrego Desert State Park where we went hiking at Mountain Palm Springs. Here are a some of the views we had on the 2.5 mile loop trail.

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