Thursday, January 31, 2013

Cabrillo National Park

January 31, 2013

It was a perfect day for a scooter ride and a picnic. Destination...Cabrillo National Park. It is only a 50 mile loop  "avoiding major highways"  from the KOA. A nice ride down Harbor Drive passing the Navy Base, the airport, yacht clubs, sky scrapers, and parks.

Cabrillo is located at the southern tip of the Point Loma Peninsula in San Diego.It commemorates the landing of Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo at San Diego Bay in September, 1542. This event marked the first time that a European expedition had set foot on what later became the West Coast of the United States.

The park offers a view of San Diego's harbor and skyline.
The Old Point Loma Lighthouse is the highest point in the park and has been a San Diego icon since 1855. It was closed in 1891 and a new one opened at a lower elevation because fog and low clouds often obscured the light.
The statue of Cabrillo looking out over the bay was authorized by Calvin Coolidge for the Portuguese Government in 1939, who then donated it to the United States. The limestone monument is 14 feet tall.
The western side of Point Loma...the Pacific Ocean.

Sunset Cliffs...a popular spot to view the ocean and sunset.

The Point Loma Tide Pools are a popular destination.
The road is steep and curvy  down to the Tidal Pools. The buildings house the Coast Guard. 
Fort Rosecrans National Cemetary on Cabrillo Memorial Drive... named after  William Starke Rosecrans, a general in the American Civil War. The cemetary is registered as a California Historical Landmark.

The Taylors had a very nice day... hope you did as well. Thank you so much for visiting our blog...we appreciate your comments. Until next safe and enjoy!


  1. Sure some nice scenery in that area, thanks for sharing your pictures

  2. Lived in San Diego back in 1973/1974. Sure wish I would have done more exploring back then but I was young and definitely into partying more than exploring. Thanks for the great tour.

  3. We were there a couple of years ago and I used my cell phone to send a photo to my kids. I got a shock when I got my bill. I was charged roaming because my phone was routed through Mexico!

  4. Wow, what awesome pictures. The view of the harbor is incredible. So happy that ya'll are able to experience these awesome places. Miss you!

  5. Beautiful pictures! You make history actually interesting!

  6. Beautiful Pictures! Kathy and I will have to try really hard to put that on our bucket list. Be Safe and Enjoy!

    It's about time.

  7. Beautiful photos.

    When I was a kid we grew up in La Mirada,CA. One of the major streets was Rosecrans. Now I know where the name originated.

  8. Thank you for joining my site also. I am going to enjoy reading your blog. Sounds like the 2 of you have had some interesting travels. We can't wait until April then we will be fulltimers.
    So exciting. Your pictures are so pretty. The lighthouse is really different.

  9. Thanks for leaving a comment to check out your blog. After welcoming you on mine, I thought I had already "followed" yours. I'll add you to my blog roll, too. I really missed the boat!!

    Your photos are beautiful. It's funny how locals (like me living in San Diego for 8 years) don't always visit the sights shown in visitors' photos. Glad you are enjoying San Diego. :)