Posted by: Cross Country Couple | January 7, 2011

Day 109 … Cabrillo National Monument

The drive from Hemet to San Diego was less than 2 hours. Even though the forecast called for rain all day, the morning was dry and partly cloudy. Our first stop in San Diego was at the Cabrillo National Monument near Point Loma. This national monument marks the spot where Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo, a spanish explorer, became the first European to set foot on the west coast of the United States in 1542. The park offers one hiking trail, a lighthouse, museum, and tide pools for guests to explore. After a quick stop at the visitors center, we walked up a hill to the old lighthouse. Just around the corner was the trailhead for the park’s only hiking trail which leads to an overlook offering views of San Diego Bay. Unfortunately, the very end of the trail had been washed out by recent rains and was closed. Nevertheless, the trail followed along the bay with views of downtown, Coronado, and the canal. The rangers advised us to watch for whales in the distance as the season for whale watching is typically January through March. Although we kept our eyes peeled, we didn’t see any whales this visit. After the hike, we drove down the the tide pools. The rocky intertidal area at Cabrillo is a great opportunity to get a glimpse of the oceanic ecosystem. We saw many crabs, sea urchins, and some fish.

It started to rain just as we left the park. Back in town, we grabbed a bite to eat. Late that evening, we arrived at Janet and Kelly’s house. Danielle’s aunt Janet and her husband, Kelly, welcomed us with open arms. We spent the night catching up, looking at pictures, and watching TV.




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