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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.

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

  1. amy
    February 5th, 2009 at 5:42 am

    What gorgeous pictures! My Christmas day in Ohio was nothing like that. The pure beauty of the landscape is breath taking! There is not much here that can compare.

    amy’s last blog post..Please Mom, please!

  2. LisaNewton
    February 5th, 2009 at 6:27 am

    @amy I was born and raised in Ohio, and I know Christmas can be beautiful there. It’s just a “cold” weather kind of beauty…………………..:)

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