Flora, fauna, and other things

I took all of the following photos at Cabrillo National Park. I’m hoping TPG can identify the flowers. 🙂

(Proof that they do have bugs in Southern California!)

(A squirrel playing peek-a-boo.)

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Cabrillo (still)

A little photo tour and then I might be able to move on.

One of the the wonderful things about our April visit was the abundance of flowers.

(Cabrillo. April 2008. © Robin)

(Cabrillo. April 2008. © Robin)

As mentioned previously, the view was so clear that I was able to see things I couldn’t during our November visit.

(San Diego. April 2008. © Robin)

(View from Cabrillo. April 2008. © Robin)

(A view of Mexico from Cabrillo. April 2008. © Robin)

It sounds silly, and I knew there were mountains in the background, but I hadn’t seen them in November so I was thrilled to be able to see so much in April.

(View of the monument from Old Point Loma lighthouse. April 2008. © Robin)

Here’s the same view from November 2007:

(© Robin)

We walked around the lighthouse, checking out the views from behind it.

(Old Point Loma Lighthouse. April 2008. © Robin)

(The path behind the lighthouse. April 2008. © Robin)

(The Pacific. April 2008. © Robin)

We didn’t make it down to the tide pools this time around even though we coincidentally arrived at the right time (during a negative low tide). The main reason we didn’t go was exhaustion, having spent a good portion of our day traveling.

Next time: More flowers.

Still on day 1

(Pink flowers. San Diego, CA. April 2008. © Robin)

Before going back to California in my time machine, a little about how nice it is here in the Bogs these days. The weather has been absolutely lovely. Sunny, in the 70’s, with a lovely breeze. The tulips are blooming, the birds are singing and nesting, and the leaves should be popping out on the trees soon.

Spring and life are moving right along.  I’ll try to remember to get a photo of the pond tomorrow.

The pink flowers pictured above probably have a name, but I don’t know what it is. We saw them all over the place during this last visit to San Diego.

After having a look at Unconditional Surrender, we decided to drive out to Point Loma and Cabrillo National Park. During our November visit, it was cloudy and gray, the marine layer taking over the view. We were very lucky this time around. The view was magnificent.

(From Cabrillo. San Diego, CA. April 2008. © Robin)

See those islands in the background? I had no idea they were there the first time we looked out from this point.

Just to give you a better idea of the difference, this first photo was taken during our last trip:

(Old Point Loma lighthouse. an Diego, CA. April 2008. © Robin)

And this was taken back in November, after the fires and after the marine layer moved in to stay for about a week:

(Old Point Loma lighthouse. an Diego, CA. April 2008. © Robin)

I’ll be back tomorrow with some more photos from Cabrillo. Life has been keeping me fairly busy. Plus, with the warm and wonderful weather, it’s hard to sit here at the computer, inside the house, when it’s so lovely outside.


After a full day and a fun night, I’m feeling pretty tired this morning.  I’d have slept in, but M and I decided we should get up early since we have an early flight home tomorrow (6:00am).

Cabrillo National Monument Park and the tidepools were interesting.  I’ll write more about it once we’re home so I can post photos with it.

Lunch at the Soup Plantation was great.  The food was fresh, delicious, and plentiful.  They had one of the healthiest all-you-can-eat buffets I’ve ever seen.

We had sushi for dinner.  It was fab.  After dinner we stopped at the Liars’ Club for a little while.  It’s a good thing we were walking home.  Between the sake at dinner and the beers at the Liars’ Club, driving would not have been a good idea.

We’re going to Kono’s Surf Club for breakfast this morning, then heading into the city to do a little touring and shopping.  The weather has not improved, but it’s hard to complain about it.  We had a drizzly misting kind of rain yesterday afternoon and last night.  Rain is so badly needed here that it seems selfish to utter even one word of complaint.

I’ll try to post in the morning before we leave.  If I don’t have time, I’ll check in again when we arrive home.