Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo was the first European to set foot on the west coast of what is now the United States. On September 28th, 1542, Cabrillo's flotilla entered a harbor that he described as "a closed and very good port."
The National Monument is out on San Diego's Point Loma which shelters San Diego Bay from the Pacific Ocean. A sandstone rampart jutting out into the sea, Point Loma has been of stragetgic importance to the San Diego area since the US government first designated the peninsula a military reserve back in 1852.
Point Loma - bottom left corner. Celeste is pointing to Balboa Park, site of a previous field trip.Our first stop was at the tidepools. While the tides were not low when we visited Sunday morning, there was still plenty to see. Dramatic views of a rugged coast and smaller tidepools with crabs, snails and other critters.
First I'll get the videos out of the way
Video one (sorry, I had the camera running vertical - that doesn't work too well in video mode!) Still the excited screams are worth it:
Video two, more screams of delight:
Video three, the wave got a bit too close for comfort for Celeste:
Video four - surfing on a rock:
Video five - We enjoyed the sound the rocks made as they clunked together when the waves receded.
Time for some stills: