Monday, December 23, 2013

La Jolla Sea Cove

Our plans were to meet up with our son Mike Friday evening for supper and to attend one of his Improv shows in San Diego.  We started out earlier in the day with the intention of taking the sea coast south and stopping at some of the beaches north of San Diego.  For some of you who have been following this blog since we started traveling, you may remember that we visited this area several years ago.  La Jolla is considered the "Jewel of San Diego".  Its coast has cliffs which are riddled with sea caves.  There is one cave which can be entered, for a small fee at the La Jolla Cave Store.  However, we found an underground area which were able to enter by crossing over some rocks.  Unfortunately the tide was coming in and we ended up with wet feet!  The picture below was taken from within the cave, looking out unto the harbor.
In 1970 the City Council of San Diego created the San Diego-La Jolla Underwater Park, 6,000 acres of tide and submerged land owned by the city.  The park extends south from Alligator Head La Jolla to near the northern boundary of Torrey Pines State Reserve.  A big attraction of this park are the many water birds, seals and sea lions who have chosen this area as a safe place to hang out. A small cove protected by a concrete breakwater wall was built to create a safe swimming area for children, but eventually the sea lions and seals took it over.
Brown pelicans are also numerous in this cove, many could be seen on the beach and in the water.  However, I found one who seemed to more prefer a solitary existence.
Our son Dan and his wife Amanda are arriving Christmas Eve to spend the holidays with us and our other son Mike.  We will be busy showing them the sights of the area so I do not expect to write any postings until after the holidays,  In the meantime, a very Merry Christmas to all!

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