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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

La Jolla, CA

It's no surprise that La Jolla is one of the most popular beach destinations in California. Surrounded on three sides by the sea and backed by the steep slopes of Mt. Soledad, La Jolla is always such a beautiful destination with a temps that rarely drops below 50 degrees or exceeds 90 degrees.

The roads in and out of La Jolla are narrow and can get pretty congested, parking at La Jolla shores fills up quickly. Unfortunately, the trains don't get you close enough to get to the beach in this area.  Once you get parked and take a breath, it is just blue and beautiful.

There are so many VWs all around.

The rocks get pretty slick when wet. I took a digger when I slipped and had a pretty sore wrist for a while.

We didn't check the tides and got here during high tide which limited our tidal pool walk.

A sea wall to a house on the ocean. Is it there to keep the water or people out. Probably both.

We were taking a rest under this stop and met a very nice couple from the Great Britain. We sat and visited about their travels for a while.  

This seawall was built so children would have a safe place away from the waves to swim. It didn't take long for the seals and sea lions to take over.

La Jolla Cove is San Diego’s most desirable spot for kayaking, snorkeling and diving. The water is calm and ecologically protected, providing a safe home for colorful garibaldi, yellowtail, rays and even leopard sharks.

Somewhat hidden with alluring curves and caves, it is often cited as the most photographed beach in San Diego. This ocean view's striking beauty simply cannot be overstated even with stinky critters on the beach.
Lately, the increasingly territorial animals have started blocking swimmers from getting into the water, forcing people to walk back and forth on the beach until they can find a safe opening to enter the ocean. One even went so far as to bite a swimmer wearing a wetsuit at the water’s edge.

Lots of mysteries around this box. What do lifeguards keep locked up in a small metal box on a post? Spare speedos? 
 Is it a form of memorial to a body surfer who drowned, called David C Freeman?
Or is it that Boomers has a strong rip tide pulling out to sea between the call box and the green shack, making the beach quite hazardous.
During the summer Boomers Beach has a lifeguard part of the time, with the box being used by lifeguards to call in additional help when needed.
The box used to be open to allow the public (or Boomers locals) to call for help when lifeguards were not present (looks locked now).


  1. The temperatures really are ideal in southern California. No wonder everyone wants to live there. I didn't manage to make it for more than a year, though -- way too crazy, even though the weather was great.

  2. After 3 months, I am always ready to leave the craziness. That is one reason I take jobs at hospitals a bit out of the way and avoid long commutes. Only 5 miles to the hospital. There were many openings in San Diego and La Jolla. Just too much for us.