March 13, 2013

La Jolla Afternoons

While visiting San Diego, we've spent several amazing afternoons in La Jolla, a little scenic seaside community just north of the city. One of La Jolla's best features (in my opinion) is the abundance of seals and other marine life that is easily visible on the shore. The harbor seals can be seen year round in La Jolla at Casa Beach and Seal Rock, and right now (early spring) is pupping season! These baby seals, with their giant flippers and whiskers are possibly the cutest babies I've ever seen. In addition to the seals we saw a few California sea lions, and lots of brown pelicans and Cormorants on the beaches. Even whales can often be spotted close to shore here during migration season!


La Jolla Cove
La Jolla Cove
Seals getting some sunshine
Seals getting some sunshine
Seals getting some sunshine
Lazy bums
Baby seal
Baby seal!
Brown pelican
Brown pelican
La Jolla Cove falls inside the lines of the San Diego-La Jolla Underwater Park making it a popular snorkeling and scuba diving destination. There are numerous scenic sea caves scattered along the beach that can be explored by kayak, and some by foot. While visiting we saw lots of swimmers (dressed in full wet suits, the water was freezing!) swimming out in the open waves with the seals. The people and seals swam side by side, sometimes diving into the waves together and coming up for air in unison. I wonder how scary it would be to swim with these creatures? How awesome?

Sea caves in La Jolla Cove
Sea caves in La Jolla Cove
Swimmer in open water with the seals!
Swimmer in open water with the seals!
La Jolla Village, a collection of attractive streets filled with cafes, restaurants, art galleries and upscale boutiques, is just a few blocks up from the ocean. One day we spent the early morning walking on the beach and then had an excellent lunch of coffee and bagels with salmon and cream cheese at the Living Room Cafe. Another day we met Jackie and Ben (remember the awesome triathletes that I wrote about back in January?) for a Saturday morning brunch at The Cottage and then we spent the early afternoon strolling the cove and the art galleries.

Jackie, Ben, Skyler and I in La Jolla
Jackie, Ben, Skyler and I in La Jolla
The Cottage, where we met for brunch
The Cottage, where we met for brunch
Street art in La Jolla
Street art in La Jolla
Walking around La Jolla
Walking around La Jolla
Walking around La Jolla
Walking around La Jolla
La Jolla is the home to University of California San Diego campus and there are several interesting things to be found there, including the very architecturally unique Geisel Library and the statue of the Sun God. Finally, Mount Soledad in La Jolla, has gorgeous 360 views of the coast and downtown San Diego and is well worth the short drive from the Village.

Geisel Library on the UCSD campus
Geisel Library on the UCSD campus
Views from Mount Soledad
Views from Mount Soledad
Views from Mount Soledad
View of downtown San Diego from Mount Soledad
La Jolla is a must see if you're in the San Diego area! Bring your swim suit...maybe you'll get a chance to swim with the seals? :o)

To see more pictures of La Jolla, click here.

Happy Wildlife Viewing,

M.

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