I posted a longer version of this over at my blog, but thought this might make an interesting post over here at 20 Lines or Less. The photos below are from my visits to the Cabrillo National Monument back in October 2009 and March 2010.
Cabrillo National Monument is located at the very tip of the Point Loma Peninsula in California. This national park, provides breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean. To see the exhibits at the Visitor Center and walk the path around the lighthouse takes approximately an hour but sightseeing down by the tide pools can be one’s main event for the day.
A must-see while at Cabrillo is the Old Point Loma Lighthouse.
It was only in operation for only 36 years, and closed in 1891 because the location of the lighthouse was often in the path of fog, obscuring light from the lighthouse.
Going inside the lighthouse can be a challenge. The staircase is steep and narrow, with only enough room for one person to pass in either direction at any time. My cousin took a photo of the staircase from the top, as I couldn’t quite make myself go all the way up.
The real fun awaits at the tidepools, where you can easily spend an hour just gazing out into the never-ending body of sparkling water right in front of you.
Whilst sitting amid the cliffs near the tidepools, I observed a seal swimming through waves as well as starfish and seagulls aplenty. The waves are quite hypnotic and relaxing. The cool breeze emanating from the ocean further creates a calm and peaceful atmosphere.
Everything just looks clear, crisp and clean from this vantage point. You can smell the moisture in the air and the water is just blue and crisp as it washes over the rocks near the shore.