When Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo arrived in what is now San Diego Bay back in 1542 he called the place "A Very Good Enclosed Port." Glad that name didn't stick, what a mouthful that would be! His ship continued up the coast somewhere into Oregon but Cabrillo died along the way.... As the first European (Spanish) explorer to the coast of California he was a pretty big deal and the tip of Point Loma became the Cabrillo National Monument.
Unaware of the historical significance of the point, I was drawn by the promise of beautiful views of city and ocean, as well as the nearby tidal pools.
Now I had read on Yelp that these Tidal pools had recieved a 4.5 out of 5 stars so I had pretty high expectations.... bright colors, sea stars, anemones maybe even some fish?? Hmmm no, not quite... more like different shades of gravel. But the holes were nicely eroded away. See this is the problem when you have expectations - it becomes so easy for things to fall short. Much better to have no expectations and always be pleasantly surprised.
After spending a couple hours exploring the limestone cliffs and enjoying the views, I headed to Mission Beach. This is the type of beach I love - with sand stretching as far as you can see (or according to wikipedia - about 2 miles). And the nice type of sand - not the Vancouver kind that is really very small rocks waiting to lodge themselves into your sole.
A good spot to sit, create sand sculptures, listen to random people play the guitar and people watch - why are kids always digging holes?
A couple of other highlights of the day... and by highlights, I mean food of course:
- Delicious cappuccino and mocha chocolate muffin at Reds
- Tried a California Burrito: french fries, steak and cheddar cheese, as well as a Carne Asada burrito: steak, guac and... salsa fresca
- And was made yummy tacos for dinner by James at the hostel - great place to stay by the way: R K Hostel