2011 Triangle Tour travel blog

Wyland Whale Mural circa 1994

Unusual airport view

Airplanes fly in low over the buildings to land

USS Recruit

San Diego skyline and North Island form Point Loma

Ft. Rosencrans National Cemetary

Infant born on 12/28/1946

Me at the entrance to Cabrillo National Monument

Point Loma Lighthouse

These Shaw's agave spikes remind me of something from Dr. Seuss

Locust Point Lighthouse

Tide pool area

Sea anemone and shrimp in tide pool

Pelican soaring above the tide pools

Gulls sailing on the wind off the ocean

Ordering at Blue Water Seafood

Calimari

Fish taco

Christmas decorations at Brian's Restaurant on El Cajon Blvd.


I dropped Sue at the airport this morning about 1000. She arrived home safely at about 2330. After leaving the airport, I drove back into San Diego because I wanted to take some pictures of the airport from the hills. The San Diego International Airport has one of the most unusual landing approaches I've ever seen. It appears the planes always make their landing approach from the east and pass low over the building on the hill overlooking the airport. It looks like they are going to land on the roofs of the buildings.

On the way to Pt. Loma I passed one of marine life artist Wyland's life-size whale murals on the side of a buildings. He painted one in Wilmington in the mid-90's. He's been painting them since the 1980's and completed his 100th and final Monumental Marine Life Mural, Hands Across the Oceans, a 24,000-square-foot series of canvas murals in 2008 at the National Mall in Washington.

The USS Recruit is one of the Roadside America attractions located just before you get to Point Loma. It is the only commissioned ship in the US Navy that never sailed. It was built in 1949 and was used to train some 50,000 Naval recruits in basic Naval Procedure before it was decomissioned in 1967. It was nicknamed "USS Neversail" by the recruits.

My first stop on Point Loma was the Fort Rosencrans National Cemetary. It is located along the spine of the ridge overlooking the bay and San Diego. It is a beautiful location. It's been a National Cemetary since 1934 and veterans as far back as the Spanish American War are buried there along with eligible family members. While walking through the grave sites, I came upon the grave of a one day old who was born on my birthday exactly one year before I was born. Out of the thousands of graves, what are the odds I'd find the grave of someone born on my birthdate.

After leaving the cemetary, I drove onto Cabrillo National Monument where the Point Loma Lighthouse is located. The lighthouse was one of the first built along the California coast when it was built in 1854. It was eventually replaced in 1891 with a lighthouse located down near the ocean at Pelican Point because the one at the top of Point Loma was often not visible from ships as it was above the fog or marine layers that form in the area. I also spent some time wandering around the tide pools at the base of Point Loma ridge.

Had dinner at Blue Water Seafood, a DDD spot. They serve only seafood. I had calimari and a white seabass taco. They were delicious.

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