Monday, January 3, 2022

Cabrillo National Monument and Lunch

San Diego Metro KOA

Chula Vista, CA

January 3, 2022

Cabrillo National Monument 

The Point Loma Lighthouse was built in 1854.  It was one of the first eight lighthouses built on the Pacific Coast.  For many years it was the highest coastal light in the country.  A new lighthouse was built at a lower elevation in 1891 because fog and low clouds often made the lights difficult to see.  In 1913, the old lighthouse became the site of Cabrillo National Monument and in 1932, it became "historical landmark #51" when registered by the state's Parks and Recreation Department. Cabrillo NM was placed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1988.  As many times as we have visited SD, this is still one of my favorite destinations.    

The Bayside Trail, starting at the Lighthouse and winding it's way down towards SD Bay, is a self-guided tour with lots of detailed signs describing the vegetation, habitat, and weather.   

The views are spectacular as far as the eye can see. 

The Coronado Bridge and SD skyline with the Laguna Mountains in the background... 


A searchlight shelter and power plant were built on the site in 1919 and used during WWI and WWII.  The buildings still stand with signage explaining.

Carol and Ronnie reading about the Power Plant.  This was their first time to do the trail. 


I love it when the Navy ships come by.  Joe, having been in the Navy back in the mid-sixties, was in and out of this port on the USS Ranger (CVA-61) and enjoy this view of the harbor.

When I'm not taking in all this...

This is Coronado Island.  The Hotel Del Coronado is on the right side and our puppies play at the beach on the left side closer to the Navy Base entrance.

...the little things catch my eye.

Also, it's pretty cool to note that Shaw's agave has historically only grown in extreme Southern California with the largest populations in the U.S. on the Point Loma Peninsula.  

It is here they take advantage of buffered temperatures and fog moisture.  

After a stop at the visitor center for post cards, it was off to lunch.  

About half way between Cabrillo and home is Point Loma Seafood.  It all started as a fresh seafood market back in the 60s. In the beginning, the market began preparing hot food for their employees and eventually these hot lunches became available to the public.  They still continue the traditions of selling fresh fish and fish processing for the sport fisherman which includes filleting, packaging, and customized smoking.  Today it was Alaskan fried cod, fries and slaw with a glass (or two) of Kelly's famous lemonade.  The restaurant which has been remodeled to accommodate more business (in the exact same place where it all started) is located on the bay. 

The food is yummy and the view is awesome.  But the best part of today was sharing it with friends.  I don't know why, but I'm getting a bit more mushy in my older age.  Anyhow, it was a wonderful beginning to January...stay tuned !

Until next time...


Oops...I forgot two photos I really liked.  The first one because I love the windswept trees at the ocean.

And the second one because the sunlight gives our flag a beautiful glow.


  1. Aren't those Torrey Pines in your last pictures? Natives to the SoCal coast. Great photos showing off Point Loma on a beautiful day.
    I'm sure all the offerings are good, Fran and I split a fish sandwich at PLSF. Gosh getting a craving now!

    1. Thanks Jeff! I’m not sure if those are Torrey pines or not. Cabrillo was not listed as a place where they grow when I did some research on them. The sandwiches are yummy especially with the sourdough bread they make. It was a tough decision to make today!

  2. Thanks for the tour!--is it warm in San Diego?

    1. You are most welcome.
      Daytime highs are about the same as Vail with mid to high sixties but the lows are a little warmer in the high 40s to low 50s. Hope The cold front has gone and it has warmed up in Pearce.

  3. We like that hike too and we do the hike often and since Lisa's dad lives in Point Loma we can visit him while we are in the area.

    1. That’s awesome! I always enjoy being here near the ocean!

  4. We love to wander around in that very same area and watch the ships moving through. A great start to the New Year.

  5. A must stop when in the area. It's always fun to take the trail down. Love watching all the action on the water. Coronado is always a great spot to visit, as well. Enjoy your SD time.