A military cemetery is
on both sides of the road for a ways with hundreds and
hundreds of headstones. It certainly gets one to thinking
how many people die in wars. And this is just a small
portion of the actual number.
A road on the west
side takes you down to sea level with ocean view points and
tidepools to investigate when the tide is out. That area is
part of the Cabrillo National Monument.
On the other side of
the hill is a Visitor< Center and the statue of Juan
Rodriguez Cabrillo... the first European to set foot on the
west coast of what is now the United States. There are
walkways to the old lighthouse, to a whale viewing point and
to a collection of military equipment and gear as well as
several places where you can soak in the vast view of the
bay and city. We watched small pleasure boats, fishing
boats, tugboats and big naval ships coming and going and we
looked down on helocopters. We even got to see a submarine
enter the bay from the ocean.
The visitors center is
filled with great books about the area, nature, history and
more. There is a place if you want to take a picnic.
If you get to San
Diego area and want to see it all at a glance that is the
place to go. And if you have a Golden Eagle pass, it is a
national monument so it will cost nothing to enter the
If you click
on the photos
you'll see a larger version.