by LYDIA COBB | photos by Soul of Photography

Solana Beach Family

family_alden_1Friday night at the Aldens is family movie time with homemade pizza – or a splurge on Bongiorno’s stromboli takeout. Douglas and Tanya Alden and their three boys live in Marine View. It’s all about walking and biking around town. “We love the outdoors, whether it’s spending time at the beach, walking the new puppy, or hiking in any of the many great county and state parks,” shared Tanya.

Douglas and his family moved to Solana Beach in 1975. Tanya came for college. They attended UC San Diego; Douglas studied mechanical engineering and Tanya, psychology. Yet they met after college through a mutual friend. They married and moved to their current home in 1998. Tanya is an adjunct professor at CSU San Marcos, where she obtained her master’s degree in education administration. She supervises student teachers in clinical practice. Douglas is a senior development engineer at the Hydraulics Laboratory at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego. One of his current projects includes climate research in the Sierra. “I’m also working on a unique art installation with composer John Luther Adams for the Stuart Collection at UC San Diego,” revealed Douglas.


Parents: Douglas and Tanya Alden
Children: Clinton (13, Torrey Pines High), Griffin (12, Earl Warren Middle), Everett (10, Skyline Elementary)
Community: Marine View in Solana Beach
Hometowns: Douglas – White Plains, NY; Tanya – Pacific Palisades, CA
Occupations: Douglas – Senior Development Engineer, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego; Tanya – University Supervisor, CSU San Marcos
Pet: Sasha – lab/boxer mix from Helen Woodward Animal Center
Favorite Places to Visit in Del Sol: San Dieguito Park, Pillbox (aka Fletcher Cove), Dog Beach, Coast to Crest Trail, San Elijo Lagoon, and Solana Beach Library


family_alden_2Their oldest sons, Clinton and Griffin, are in Boy Scout Troop 782 – joined by dad who volunteers in campouts. Everett looks forward to joining scouts next year. Each brother is exposed to Junior Lifeguards and Solana Beach Soccer Club. Being involved cultivates leadership. Tanya added, “Clinton was a student commissioner for Solana Beach Parks and Recreation Committee.” Local librarian Pat Tirona remembered, “When the boys were little, Douglas and Tanya used to bring them in their pajamas when the library was open late and read them picture books until closing.”

Tanya serves on the boards of Sandy Hill Nursery School, Solana Beach PTA, and Boy Scout Troop 782, and she recently joined the site council at Skyline Elementary. Douglas is chair of BikeWalkSolana, which has the slogan “Think outside the car.” This local citizens group champions bicycling and walking for public health and the environment. The group runs safety courses for elementary students, funded by the City’s Community Grant Program.

An annual getaway for the Aldens is Skylake Yosemite Camp. “If you ask the boys, they will say this is their favorite time of year,” added Tanya. It’s all in a day’s adventure for the Alden family.