A Viewpoint between Los Angeles and San Diego

Mar 24, 2010 by Lisa Newton

I always like driving through Camp Pendleton because it’s a freeway “no-man’s” land as far as cops and city life is concerned. With its endless miles of beaches on the west, and long multi-hued mountains and fresh swaths of terrain on the east of the freeway–it always gives one time to reflect, as you make the drive either way.

A few days ago, I drove to San Diego via the 405 and 5—which branches into the 805 around La Jolla, and ends at Interstate 10, which is closer to the heart of San Diego.

To cut to the chase, there’s only one rest stop and one viewpoint, both of which are near the southern portion of Camp Pendleton, just North of San Diego’s city of Oceanside.

The Coastline

Driving through Camp Pendleton, frequently you’ll see military helicopters taking off, which was exactly what happen on this day. Other times, according to my California native girlfriend, there’s been anything from simulated battles, to illegal’s running out of their cars, in order to avoid the border immigration station going north on the 5.

Although, they’ve cracked down over the last 30 years as a non-civilian no-go zone, decades ago, San Diego surfers would constantly sneak down to surf Camp Pendleton’s breaks, as they often have great waves on totally empty beaches—those were the days!

This day the weather was absolutely divine, so I stopped at the Viewpoint, which I’ve never done before.

Feeding Frienzy

These two gentlemen were making friends and influencing the seagulls. They were literally feeding them by hand.

Wildflowers in full bloom

As you can see in the photograph above, the wildflowers are in full bloom. Interestingly, I never noticed so much color throughout the entire drive. Pink, orange, yellow, and purple were common colors throughout many of the sites along the way.

As mentioned, the hills in the background have been for the last years mostly brown tinted due to our lack of rain. Today, even though it wasn’t the clearest day, you can see the hills are luscious green. Magnificent was the only word that comes to my mind as I was enjoying their strident presence as the Master and Commander of the Camp.

Two guys having fun

I had a little company as I snapped a few pictures. These two “guys” were playing with each other, as I watched. Spring is in the air!

Back to the 5

Well, it’s time to hit the road again–it looks more ominous than it really is.

I hit a few traffic snags, but also was able wind out up to 80 mph for a few miles, too. (Don’t tell on me.) What can I say; sometimes the speed of traffic is pretty rapid on the CA freeways. 75 is the new 55, as the saying goes.

I wish you happy journeys from Travelin’ Local. And don’t forget to look at the joy and simple pleasures that always surround you.

And please, always drive safely.

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