Monday, February 1, 2016

La Jolla Cove, 1/28/2016

Today we visited well known La Jolla Cove, a lovely small beach with sandstone cliffs, near beautiful, seaside town of La Jolla.

A favorite spot for swimmers, snorkelers, and scuba divers during the summer months, the visibility can be 30' or more. It lies within the San Diego La Jolla Underwater Park Ecological Reserve. Because we are from the East Coast and spent most of our childhood vacations along the Atlantic shore, the crashing waves against the cliffs is a sight to behold.

We found parking on the road next to Ellen Browning Scripps Park after a couple of loops around the block. Three-hour parking is permitted, free of charge, but we had to wait until we saw a car leaving to grab their spot.

We strolled along the walkway next to the shoreline where we saw many harbor seals basking in the sun.

I especially enjoyed watching these interesting characters.

We continued walking south past Shell Beach where we saw cormorants, pelicans, and even a couple of squirrels!

Partially protected by a seawall, the Children's Pool, is a partially protected small beach. It is another popular beach for scuba divers because of the nearby offshore reefs. The beach cannot be accessed between December 15 to May 15 during the harbor seal pupping season. 

How interesting it was to see the seals coming ashore. They are so very graceful in the water and yet so awkward on land. 

Sadie, our doggy, was very interested in the seals that she could see from the sidewalk while I was snapping photos.

If you are visiting San Diego, be sure stop by these picturesque beaches that are within walking distance of each other. La Jolla Shores, where we attended the One Wave Challenge a couple of weeks ago, is a short drive alway as well. 


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