On this same date, 470 years ago, September 28, 1542, Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo and his crew sailed to the harbor and became the first Europeans to sat foot on what would later became the west coast of the United States. The exact area is not known, but many believe that Cabrillo came ashore on Ballast Point, a small finger of land below… *1
His monument stands, facing the same view, which is now San Diego Bay. *2 The Port oversees two maritime cargo terminals, a cruise ship terminal, public parks, various wildlife reserves and environmental initiatives, a Harbor Police department and the leases of more than 600 tenant and sub-tenant businesses around San Diego Bay.
Cabrillo National Monument offers the “Age of Exploration” exhibit, hiking, tidepooling and visiting the Point Loma lighthouse. *3
The group of pelicans has nothing to do with anything. I added it for fun effect. *Big Grin*
Don’t miss out. Just follow the road towards the water, and head to the stunning Rocky Intertidal Zone. Also, the area encompassed by the national monument includes various former military installations, such as coastal artillery batteries, built to protect the harbor of San Diego from enemy warships. *4 The website also added whale watching activity from December through February. *3
Here is Coastal Traveler. As much as I hate to get overshadowed by the expert photography of this blog, it’s good for you to check this post out. Also today’s date, she blog about Point Cabrillo Lighthouse. The Oregon/California Coastal Adventure continues. I’m not so sure if she noticed the significance of the date to the topics of our blog posts. Anyway, this is one of the blogs I follow ever since it got Freshly Pressed. In all honesty and humility, the images of coastal traveler are incredibly topnotch.
Last Calls …
This post is NOT part of Flashback Friday. *sticks tongue out*