This is San Diego Bay

Point Loma

October 3, 2000

The locals said this was San Diego's winter, and it was too cool to enjoy the idea of renting a kayak to explore Mission Bay, so we opted for a San Diego Harbor excursion.

We took the scenic route to the harbor by way of Point Loma and Cabrillo National Monument which guards the entrance to San Diego Bay.
Even on a misty, gray day, the panoramic view is spectacular.

On September 28, 1542, Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo sailed into San Diego. When Cabrillo and his sailors stepped onto the shore at Point Loma, they became the first Europeans to visit California. Almost four hundred years later, Cabrillo National Monument was established. In 1933, the National Park Service began administration of Cabrillo National Monument.

This harbor has been an important west-coast base for the US Navy for many years.
We're looking north toward the US Navy facilities shown in the middle ground of this picture.
Some mighty fine, and expensive San Diego real estate appears in the distance.

The skyscrapers of downtown San Diego loom in the distance. We're looking east across the mouth of the harbor. "Coronado Island" (it's really a penninsula) lies immediately across the channel. A mostly submerged breakwater extends to the south (left) of the near edge of Coronado. Is the submerged breakwater a sign of global warming and a rising sea level?
They don't build jetties that are totally submerged.

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