Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo set sail some 50 years after Columbus, leaving Mexico to discover a route to Asia and the Spice Islands. On September 28, 1542 he sailed into what is now the harbor of San Diego. He called the area San Miguel.
He would be dead some three months later, allegedly the result of infection from wounds sustained fighting with the Chumash Indians on Isla de la Posesion. His mission unfulfilled. He was considered to be the first European to set foot on the West Coast of the United States and this monument honors him.
Included in the monument is the Old Point Loma Lighthouse; World War II defense bunkers and gun batteries, and the Point Loma Tide Pools, which are host to an amazing ecosystem. Point Loma is also passed by migrating gray whales every year, a round trip of 12,000 miles beginning in their Arctic feeding grounds for their return to the Baja California Sur Bays, their breeding coast.
While I was there, I hiked the Bayside Trail giving me a nice look over the Bay and many vessels navigating it. I also headed down to the tidal pools, but the waters were too rough to really be able to see the marine wildlife.
The major contrast I saw between this area and the city life I’ve described in my prior two posts was that of calm.
The level of self and technological absorption really was significantly less. Actual human interaction was up. People were in awe of one thing.
Yes, the ocean has that power over people. It can slow their brains and sooth their souls.
Everyone just found a spot, had a seat, and it took it all in. It really was quite amazing seeing the transition.
The Power of Mother Earth.
Title: I’m sure you noticed I’m using different languages for the word “Chapter.” I was just having a bit of fun since I am coming across blogs of people speaking different languages. I find the text to be beautiful even if I can’t read it. I simply plug it in to Google Translator. I wonder how the human mind internalizes a given language as we grow up. Fascinating.
Prior Chapters: Contrasts – Kapitel 1 & Contrasts – Hoofstuk 2: Which Animals Do You Watch?
Galleries: And now a few photos from the day.