Our first stop was Cabrillo National Monument. Of course I was able to get my National Park passport stamp there, but we also enjoyed the park itself. The views from the park, which is located on Point Loma, are breathtaking. The entire city of San Diego and the bay lay before us, and we could see for miles. We couldn’t seem to take our eyes from the view.
|The View Toward the San Diego Skyline Is Breathtaking|
|Alice and Tim|
|Sarah and Tim|
|The Ocean View Is also Spectacular|
|Statue of Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo|
|Old Point Loma Lighthouse|
We made our way downtown from there and enjoyed a seafood lunch at Anthony’s Fish Grotto, which is located along the harbor. We passed the San Diego Maritime Museum on the way and gazed at the tall ships, and a submarine, that are anchored in the harbor.
|The Star of India|
We drove through downtown San Diego on our way to Mission San Diego de Alcala, the very first mission established in California. The mission was founded in 1769 by Father Junipero Serra, a Franciscan priest, and was the first of a chain of twenty-one missions along the California coast. I’ve always been fascinated by the California missions and especially wanted to visit this one.
|Mission San Diego de Alcala|
|Interior of the Church|
|Father Serra in the Garden|
Known as the Mother of the Missions, this church is a beautiful structure, and its history is fascinating. The mission was attacked and destroyed by Indians just one year after completion. The church was rebuilt with an outer defense wall between 1776 and 1790, and the existing church was enlarged in 1813. By the early twentieth century, only the façade of the church and the arcade were still standing, but the complex was rebuilt and fully restored in 1931.
The mission is especially noted for its tall campanario, or bell wall, which contains five bells. A re-creation of Father Serra’s living quarters is also located on the property. I especially loved the profusion of flowers that were blooming in the gardens. The vibrant colors were a sight to behold.
|Inside the Arcade|
|Flowers Carpet a Hill|
|Flowers Enliven the Courtyard|
|Flowers Decorate a Wall|
|Flowers Are Everywhere|
We had a wonderful time in San Diego and couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful day. We decided to just hang out today, and Chuck and Alice helped us with a few projects on the RV. It was a relaxing day, yet we accomplished a lot of things we had wanted to do for quite some time.