Anyway, the other saving grace about this weekend's competition was its location. It was at the Coronado Performing Arts Center, which is really the auditorium of Coronado High School. Oh my golly goodness, have you ever been to Coronado High School?
Well, for those of you who have not, let me fill you in. It is stunning. It is not like any other high school I have ever been to. Walking from our parking spot to get the the 'performing arts center' there were obvious signs that it was, in fact, a high school. There was a gorgeous baseball field, and a football field, both emblazoned with "Coronado Islanders" logos and such.
But I could not synchronize what I was seeing within this high school campus with my previous conception of high schools should look like. Granted, my expectations of what schools should look like has taken a nose dive since moving to California. We have to have the worst physical school facilities in the country. Half off all school rooms are in trailers for god's sake. But still.
This place was gorgeous. The auditorium was a dang performing arts center, what with it's state-of-the-art audio visual set up, floor and balcony seating and actual dance studios to the back and left of the stage. It was really impressive (albeit not nearly big enough for the dance comp.)
But there was so much else.
|Palapas in the quad|
|A variety of palapas in the quad|
|The essential rock garden and headless statue|
|A dry fountain.|
|Look at these details!|
|Very cool mosaic arch, complete with inspirational quote|
|Awesome little accents seemingly everywhere|
|More mosaic magic|
|Just look at Mr. Turtle|
|And his compadre Ms. Fish|
|And my very favorite - surfer and my shadow|
Really now, it almost makes you want to go back to high school, doesn't it?
|Okay, maybe not. But, wow, I wouldn't mind if she went to a school like this.|
Mom, ever think about buying in Coronado?!