A Million “Hot Tips” By the Sea
2012 Convention - San Diego
On a sunny day (that would be most any day) you should drive up to Point Loma. This finger of land, studded with million dollar homes, millions of white crosses and a million dollar view is worth a few hours of your day. At the end of the point is the old lighthouse built in 1855. You can tour the house and see the light that guided ships into the harbor for over thirty years. If you peek over the edge of the cliff you can see the current light house below. Close by is Cabrillo Monument, dedicated to Juan Cabrillo who, in 1542, was the first European to set foot on the West Coast. Adjacent to the monument is an excellent Vistor’s Center. The view is AMAZING – you can see all of downtown, the harbor, Mexico, the Coronado Islands and the nuculear submarine base!
Getting there you will pass through NOSC (Naval Ocean Systems Center). This is where dolphins are trained to work for the Navy - REALLY! There are miles of underground bunkers build in WW II that were filled with munitions should the Japanese attack – sorry you can’t visit those. You will also pass by one of the most beautiful miliitary cemetaries in the nation. If you go at low tide there is a road marked “Tide Pools” (on the ocean side) that leads you down to THE TIDE POOLS! It’s a fun place to explore and poke your fingers in sea anemones (newspapers list tide tables). Of course you’ve got to eat. Coming or going you should stop by “Point Loma Seafood”. Their motto, “The freshest thing in town” comes from the fact that much of their seafood is delivered from the sport fishing boats docked close by http://pointlomaseafoods.com/history.html For the sports fishermen or those looking to spend just a half or several days hunting for Yellowtail, White Sea Bass, Calico Bass, Barracuda - you name it, it can happen for you here. http://www.sportfishing.org/trips.html
La Jolla is certainly worth a visit http://www.lajollabythesea.com/ . Located on beautiful cliffs overlooking the ocean, you will find upscale shops, art museums, some of the finest restaurants in California (go upstairs to “George’s At The Cove” and have the fish tacos) and not just million but multi-million dollar homes. You don’t often find Maserati, Ferrari and Lamborghini dealerships in many towns but you will here. A short way from the village is the Children’s Pool. It’s a tiny cove protected by a concrete breakwater you can walk on. The cove was a human swimming area until the seals and sea lions moved in. Litigation continues as to who owns the turf & surf and yes, the seals do have attorneys. Walking paths offer panoramic views of the water and the sandstone cliffs leading down to ocean's edge. There are grassy areas studded with windblown Cypress trees for picnicking or snoozing. Visit the Birch Aquarium which is part of UCSD’s Scripps Institution of Oceanography. View a stunning variety of colorful, Pacific marine life in more than 60 habitats and hands-on exhibits that showcase cutting-edge research discoveries. Really, it’s a fabulous museum! http://aquarium.ucsd.edu/Exhibits/