August 31, 2016

December in San Diego #1

Part 1: no jacket, no worries

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No matter if it's summer or winter, San Diego seems to always welcome you with a constant blue sky. Last December (2015), Patrycja was attending a meeting in biology in SD, the decision about "I may come with you" was not that hard to take!
Few hours after our connection in Chicago, we eventually land in South California, it's 9pm, 23°C/74°F, and we are experiencing a rather welcome jacket-to-tshirt transition from Montreal! Our first contact with the city is great, we drive along the bay by night, cross the downtown with the rental car and reach North Park to meet our AirBnb hosts and roommate for the next 11 days. Many thanks to Santi, Rodney and Bruno for being the best hosts in town! (and also for being our taco-advisors)
This series of photos is the first part of a short selection, in chronological order.
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The only difference between winter and summer in San Diego
The shore of Ocean Beach, we are actually facing the Pacific Ocean for the first time!
Appropriate footwear
Behind the convention center, not bad.
SD from the trails of Cowles Mountain
Sunset from Cowles Mountain
Just at the north of the SD, La Jolla is a very attractive city, with a massive campus and a very decent shore. We've been there several time during our stay, to watch the birds, the seals or just walk along the ocean.
Some pelicans, chilling at La Jolla Cove
Seals, chilling even more.
The mystery box. Some say it's for storing security equipment, others say it's a tribute to a lifegard who died on duty some years ago...
When Patrycja was attending the meeting (basically 9-5 during five days), I was wandering in the city and around with my camera. I took the next five pictures in Torrey Pines Natural Reserve, at 30/45 minutes from SD. If you just look at the park, it's very desertic, it's only about sand, cactuses and arid cracks. Since it's located along the ocean, it creates amazing contrasts, from blue to orange.
Back to Ocean Beach - OB
Point Loma is the peninsula that shapes San Diego Bay. At its north, we find Ocean Beach, at the south we find Cabrillo National Monument, and in the middle, the largest amount of graveyards I was given to see so far: Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery. Everybody knows there was WWI, WWII, Vietnam, Korea, Gulf 1 and 2, and everybody knows, with more or less precision, that thousands of soldiers perished during those events. What is less common is to be able to read the name of hundreds and hundreds of people who died on the field, or were somehow, involved in fighting under the American flag. I am usually not the patriotic kind of person, still, I was impressed and moved by this place.
Few of the 101079 graveyards
Back to La Jolla
I've always pictures this in my mind when listening to California Dreamin
Part 2 to come!
Cheers.
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