A Look at a Lighthouse

Nov 15, 2022,19:51 PM

We walked around the old Cabrillo Lighthouse National Monument this morning. It's been pretty cold for us and the house is a lot cooler inside than the sun outside, even by the ocean. So enough talk, let's walk.

Looking West.

Looking SouthWest, towards the Los Coronados Islas (Mexico)

There's the current lighthouse, down near the water where ships are.

A family actually lives out here, and I met them on a whale-watching trip some years ago.

Lots of surfers like this spot, but it's too far to paddle here from where you can enter the water (Navy restrictions on the land) so you need a boat

Or a "ride-sharing service"

This guy was standing beneath me, on top of a WWII bunker in the hillside.

The Old Lighthouse, on top of the hill where the fog obscured the light so it was closed after a few unsuccessful lighting / ship wrecks.

The Fresnel lens

The staircase, from the top looking down.

Pesky tourists getting into my photo...

A look down at the water shows lots of activity

and likewise activity in the skies above.

This view shows the Cabrillo monument. First European to find San Diego harbor after 2 months sailing "off the charts" which in those days really meant something!

Millions of photos are taken from this angle

but very few from the back (I'll take a bet on that). I see the base has tipped and a few years ago they put a wedge in to straighten up the statue.

We saw two tugs waiting at the harbor entrance...

prepared to guide this warship into its slip in the 32nd Street Naval Base

We couldn't wait, so I got a long shot

and on the way back to the car took a few obligatory bird photos,

cactus and spider shots

evidence of poisonous snakes,

an educational sign,

fluffy blossoms,

and the final flower and watch shot.

I hope you enjoyed the walk.


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Gorgeous lighthouse!

 By: InHavenPro : November 15th, 2022-20:03
I love lighthouses in general, this one happens to be particularly good looking . The statue honoring Cabrillo's adventures is also beautiful, and something to behold! Hugely appreciate this series Mike. Cheers, Filip

Thanks! We're glad you enjoyed it

 By: cazalea : November 16th, 2022-00:24
Here's a sketch of the hillside with lighthouse Those are whales in the foreground! ...  

I surely enjoy so much your sightseeing walks dear Mike. And thank you so much for posting those fabulous photos and descriptions.

 By: Subexplorer : November 16th, 2022-14:49
Beautiful sketches! Who is the author of them? Are those hump whales in the area? Do they gather in such a big number? Have a nice day Mike! Abel

Just what I needed, Mike.

 By: ChristianDK : November 15th, 2022-20:15
I have always enjoyed your walks. Thanks for taking us along. It reminded me a little old where I’m going in a month. Coba de Gata in southern Spain to celebrate Christmas. It’s our 3rd time there. Now I can’t wait after seeing your post.

Thank you for reading

 By: cazalea : November 16th, 2022-00:19
It gives us motivation to get out there.

I'm glad you like them

 By: cazalea : November 15th, 2022-23:50
I have learned a lot about our community and also about taking pictures! Mike Bonus Photo Section follows... ...  

Cool! Thanks for sharing these!

 By: Chronometer (aka yacomino) : November 15th, 2022-23:56

A FEW MORE photos from years past

 By: cazalea : November 16th, 2022-00:18
Rattlesnake NOT on sign, on roadside! Ranger (at our request) came to remove the snake. He lifted into a bucket and put it way down the canyon. Lizards are curious too. From the water Entering the channel towards San Diego harbor ...  

A great post to help warm up a cold New England day 👌🏽

 By: ArmisT : November 16th, 2022-00:49
Very educational too. I love the historical significance of places you highlight.

Big fan of lighthouses!

 By: Centurionone : November 23rd, 2022-13:21
This one is certainly special ! These photos brightened up my day, thanks for sharing !

One more at long range

 By: cazalea : November 23rd, 2022-19:20