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Monday, March 30, 2009

Fun in San Diego

We were thrilled that the weather forecast changed a bit for the better! It was going to be sunny and 70 instead of just in the mid 60s. A nice day for exploring. But, first a trip to Curves for me. Then we got out the door.

We traveled south along Pacific Highway which runs along the water. Very pretty drive. Our first destination was Cabrillo National Monument and Point Loma Lighthouse. Oh, the views were fabulous!

Cabrillo National Monument is dedicated to Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo, a Portuguese explorer who landed at what is now Ballast Point, a small strip of land that juts into San Diego Bay.

In 1542, Cabrillo led three ships under the Spanish flag with the goal of claiming additional land for Spain and New Spain. While Cabrillo died just six months into his exploration, the expedition ultimately claimed over 800 miles of Pacific coastline for Spain.

When standing at the site of the monument and looking out over the bays, it is breathtaking. You can see the Naval Air Station across the bay; Ballast Point where Cabrillo landed; and in the distance, downtown San Diego.

Up the hill from Cabrillo Monument is the original Point Loma Lighthouse, built in 1855. This lighthouse operated from 1855 to 1891. The lighthouse was built so far above sea level, fog and low clouds made it difficult to see the light. Because of this, another lighthouse was built at a lower elevation in 1891. Again, the views from the lighthouse were awesome.

Upon leaving the lighthouse and monument park, we continued south. We wanted to drive along another scenic drive which would take us along the Pacific Ocean, but the map we used was a little deceptive so we ended up driving into Chula Vista via another route. One of the points of interest we were told about was Third Avenue Village in Chula Vista. We thought there would be shops and boutiques and such, but we didn't find anything that piqued our interest. So, we just drove through and came back home.

Once home, we took Blackie for a short walk along Mission Bay which comes right up to our park. There are mobile homes and park models here as well and many have beautiful gardens. I took pictures of some of the flowers. There are lots and lots of palm trees, too, and I just love them. We even saw some folks riding horses along the beach! It was a bit chilly because the wind was blowing pretty good, so we didn't stay out long.

Many, many houses are built on hills here. The grades are so steep it's a wonder the houses stay up! The picture below doesn't do the scene justice, but it was the best I could do.

The rest of the day was spent watching TV and relaxing, as usual. We had spaghetti and meatballs for dinner.

Tomorrow we're going to the San Diego Zoo. I was kinda of iffy about going because I figured you see one zoo, you've seen them all. But, everyone says this is THE zoo to see, so we're going. I'll let you know what I think tomorrow. :)

Until the next time . . .

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