Chula Vista, CA
Having visited this colorful neighborhood a couple of years ago with Lisa and Hans, we had an idea of what to expect and where to go at Ocean Beach. Unfortunately, OB Municipal Pier was closed for repair from damage caused by strong winds and waves.
|At 1,971 feet, OB Pier is the longest concrete pier on the West coast.
The tide was just right for a walk along the trail. A small section of the trail is concrete. Erosion has caused so much damage.
A different view of the Pier...
Small cottages and bungalows line the narrow streets of this beachfront neighborhood.
It was news to us that wild parrots are also part of the OB (and other urban beach communities in SD) culture. Native to northern Mexico, it is believed these colorful birds came to California in search of a suitable habitat as areas of Mexico became deforested. Food is plentiful...they survive on seeds, nectar, and fruit from tropical trees and shrubs.
Lunch at the beach is a real treat...especially when oysters are on the menu.
In addition to 6 on the half shell, the days special was a fried oyster po-boy. Yummy !
SD Bay NWR is located at the south end of SD near Chula Vista. Approximately 2,600 acres of land and water not only protects a diversity of migratory and native species of birds, but also protects what remains of SD Bay's historical coastal salt marsh and intercostal mudflat.
|The largest contiguous mudflat in So Cal.
Cabrillo National Monument/Point Loma
In 1542, Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo was the first European to set foot on what is now California.
This sandstone statue stands 14 feet tall, weighs 14,000 pounds, and was dedicated in 1988.
The park was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1966.
There is also WWII history along the trail.
|When we arrived at the park it was sunny!
|Low-lying fog rolled in during the morning.
After some fresh air, fresh seafood hit the spot.
Known as "The Freshest Thing in Town" Point Loma Seafoods offers a huge selection of fresh caught fish.
You can choose to dine inside or outside. But whichever you choose, don't forget Kelly's famous lemonade. They also make their own sourdough bread.
That's a wrap on our San Diego visit. We have been settled in at the Lazydays KOA since Feb 1. The weather has not been all that great with cold nights and breezy, rainy chilly days, but we are visiting with friends, getting things done and necessary appointments taken care of. More on that later.
I'll close with a few random pictures from January. Until next time...
|Ocean Beach color...
|The marina at Point Loma Seafoods
|Quirky art at Ocean Beach
|Bayside Trail at Cabrillo NM