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|
Looks like you hit several of the go to spots! Enjoy your stay in Tucson!ReplyDelete
It’s always a fun time in San Diego Hans! And great to get an “ocean fix” after all the desert time.Delete
You two really do San Diego right! You were out of town in time to miss the worst of the 'pineapple express', in a turn of events I was scrapping ice of my windshield this morning!ReplyDelete
We love SD Jeff. Looks like we will be scrapping ice in the morning as well.Delete
We so enjoy spending time in OB. It is a perfect distance for a good bike ride. I guess that's why we find ourselves there so often when in SD. After your posted about the pier damage on fb, I looked up some video of the waves and damage. Why that was crazy. Of course, there were a few surfers out in that mess. Your photos are lovely, Gay. I am glad you included the puppies. Poor Jack just isn't tall enough to get that ball. And Sally is a smart girl. She isn't going head first. Dover loves a good scratch from dad.ReplyDelete
Thank you Pam...it’s definitely easy to fine lots to photograph in San Diego. The puppies really enjoy our time there between the beach and the doggie park at the KOA.Delete
So many lovely sights around coastal SD, you captured them beautifully!ReplyDelete
Thanks Lisa. We love spending time in SD!Delete
Well now you've done it. The food pics got my tummy growling. :)ReplyDelete
LOL! One thing we really like about a city Mark...so many great places to eat!Delete
Love your photos as always and it looks as if you had lots of sun! Your pooches are adorable!ReplyDelete
Thank you Janna...Delete
Beautiful pics as always. The birds are wonderful as is the handsome blue belly lizard. Your pups are such cuties - love the focused stare to get the ball to come down on its own :-) Glad you got some sunshine in this crazy winter in the west!ReplyDelete