The Children’s Pool at La Jolla Cove

Children's Pool in La Jolla

Until I saw it for myself, I had no idea there was a place to view sea lions and seals in their natural habitat. However, the Children’s Pool along the beach path at La Jolla Cove, offers an extraordinary view. Being able to observe animals doing what comes naturally without the trappings of a zoo in a treat.

After walking along Scripps Pier, I hopped back into my car and drove a little further down the beach to the Children’s Pool, which was originally designed to be a launching place for the children of San Diego to have easy access to the ocean. However, several years ago, seals and sea lions moved in. Needing a resting place, the Children’s Pool offered the marine mammals’ easy access to the ocean, plus a sandy spot for relaxation.

Sea Lions at rest

Even though a controversy still reins, most San Diego residents are favor of keeping the Children’s Pool as a reserve for the seals.

The seals inhabit the beach year-round. Amazingly, visitors can walk out onto the breakwater for close-up views of the Pacific Ocean and the seals. Be aware that this beach has no wheelchair access because of the steep staircase leading down to the ocean.

This little guy (at least I think it’s a guy) was just coming back from his daily swim and made his way back up to join his buddies.

He finished his swim

I feel fortunate that I was there on Christmas Day so the parking wasn’t too much of an issue, and it wasn’t too crowded, which gave me the time to take a few good pictures. The weather was rather cold, and although I wasn’t really ready to leave, the weather made that choice moot because it started to rain, so I made a mad dash for my car.

I can hardly wait to go back for a longer and more relaxed view of the shore, walk the streets of close to the beach, and visit the wide variety of shops and restaurants that parallel the walking trail, so stay tuned. More is yet to come.

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Christmas Fun at La Jolla - Continued

I'm amazed

La Jolla Cove is a very small beach, tucked between adjacent sandstone cliffs, which are just breathtaking.  I couldn’t stop taking pictures.

As I stood looking out, these bird-covered cliffs were on my right, and an out of the ordinary cliff containing a rock formation was on my left. I’m very interested in all things ocean related—coves, points, archipelagoes islands, etc.

Caves to the left, Waves to the right

I wasn’t the only one that day taking pictures.  In fact, La Jolla Cove is one of the most photographed beaches in Southern California. 

From the inside of the cave

Walking down the steps leading to the cave, I couldn’t but help watch the muddy stairs, as I traversed my way down, so I didn’t slip.

When I reached the base, I was amazed and fascinated by the power and intensity of the ocean, and its ability to add life and form to rock formations.    If you’re a geographic aficionado and want to share any insight about the formation of land v water, by all means please feel free to share.

Waves between the rocks

Between the two cliffs were the rocky cliffs where the waves come crashing into.  If you love the sound of the ocean, and find it relaxing, this is one place you’ll definitely feel right at home at the Cove.

Wow, the water looks cold

Even though La Jolla Cove is best known for its scuba diving and snorkeling, I did see one swimmer, and he was a brave one.  Neither the air nor the water was very warm.  In fact, it was pretty cold, by San Diego standards.

Further down the beach, you can walk and see families having fun just doing what families do,–having fun spending time with each other.

Look what I found

You can see just how cold it was by the coats and hats these kids were wearing. 

What’s your family doing this winter?  I know the beach isn’t as cold here as it is around most of the of the country, but family fun, of course, isn’t limited just on the beach. 

I’d love to see some snow pictures—I’m originally from the Mid-west, and additionally lived for about 20 or so odd years on the East Coast, so I know that snow and family fun can definitely go together.

 So, what are you doing’? Cause if you’re not Travelin’ Local, you should.

Christmas Morning in San Diego (A Multi-Part Series)

High Cliffs

Christmas found me in San Diego, and the beauty it offers at Christmas. After breakfast, a walk on the beach is a well worn Christmas tradition in Southern California—apologies to all of my friends, far and wide, who may be snowed since the sun, surf, and sand, aren’t the normal images one thinks of when it comes to Christmas Day.

Let's catch a wave

There had been a slight drizzle Christmas Eve, but now the sunshine broke free, the air fresh, and with the breeze at my back, the day looked more than promising. I was off to Scripps Pier.

Today, these surfers walk in the footprints of the original explorers both old and new. In fact, a friend of mine told me that Scripps Pier was one of the landing spots used by the legendary Jacques Cousteau.

Scripps Pier

A major part of this section of the beach is dominated by the presence the Scripps Pier, which is “one of the world’s biggest research piers.” It is used for boat launching and a variety of experiments. Data on ocean conditions and plankton taken from the pier since 1915 provide an unparalleled source of information on changes in the coastal Pacific Ocean.

Under the Scripps Pier

The pier also provides a supply of fresh seawater, a critical resource for a marine institution, to an array of laboratories and aquaria. Seawater is pumped up from the end of the pier, then filtered and stored in holding tanks.” Source: Scripps Institution of Oceanography

A Rocky Wave

As I walked down the beach, dodging the waves, the cliffs with their orange and brown hues were a startling color and psychological contrast to the surrounding blues of the ocean and sky. As I stood, watching and listening to the waves, the power of ocean water becomes quite apparent. Both the plangent sound and aquatint colors were artistically etched and felt into all of my senses.

A Rock Chair

I’m not a geologist, but it appears that over the centuries, the constant action of the waves made this intricate design. And this sofa size rock is a perfect place for reflection or meditation.

Scripps Pier is the perfect place–you get to enjoy the fresh air and sunshine, while some of your friends get to frolic in the water.

If you’re looking out your window, seeing blowing snow, just remember, summertime is only a few months away.

Until then, remember that Travelin’ Local offers you a little different take on the traditional season.

Boys' best friend

What did your Christmas Day look like?  I’d love to see the pictures.  Just post a link in the comments section.

Happy Holidays from Los Angeles

DWP LIght Festival

Enter Here

Putting the star on the top

DWP - Celebrating a Century of Service

Someone just jumped out

Happy Holidays

Biking on the Beach

Flying High

It’s amazing how relaxing an hour on my bike with my camera can make me feel. I am able to load up the bike in the backseat of my car, grab a quick cup of coffee, and with a sunny day an hour away from the computer, taking some great pictures, getting a little exercise, and enjoying the fresh beach air, make for the perfect quick get-a-way.

On Saturday, I did just that. It wasn’t warm by California standards, and although there was a fairly cold headwind on my way back from Will Rogers State Parr, the skies were blue and the sun was, indeed, shining. Since the rest of the country is snowed in, I thought you might enjoy a few pictures of the sunny Santa Monica Beach I took on Saturday:

A little splash

What a day for a walk

A Slice of Life next to the Beach

Walking/Riding the Beach trail

I hope you enjoyed looking at these photographs as much as I enjoyed taking them.

What activities did you do over the weekend? Take any good shots? I’d love to see them.