Friday, February 18, 2011

Taking It Easy

One of my favorite music groups is the Eagles. So, this week, I find myself humming one of their classics: "Take It Easy". We are spending a bit of time in the San Diego area. By circumstance--that is to say, not specifically precipitated by my birthday--we were offered an opportunity to visit southern California. The only birthday I ever celebrated in California (at least to my knowledge) was when I turned one. So, it was fun to celebrate number 66 here.

Many things impress a visitor to this area. First, what's with all the highways and the cars that are rolling rolling rolling--constantly on the go. Of course, there is traffic anywhere in the U.S., given that we are a car-crazy society. But in southern California, the traffic is non-stop. Thank goodness for our friendly little GPS unit--we have gone various places with nary a mis-direction.

Second, this is a place of great natural beauty. The vistas are stunning, the skies blue--except for the first rain of the year in the San Diego area, and the gentle winter sun is a welcome respite from a biting cold winter.

We managed a few adventures--or, at least what passes for such, at our age!

A view to lovely beach housing on Point Loma.

The Pacific in view. I loved the mostly unspoiled views of the ocean. I know if we traveled further north, these lovely views would disappear in over-developed areas.

The force of ocean breezes shapes trees along the coast.

We did one day's worth of driving--the California entertainment. We headed north, then turned east and drove CA Highway 74, the Ortega Highway. Oh my, what a fun drive--if you enjoy palms sweating, toes curling, and quick glances down the steep hillside. Once at the coast, we turned south and ended up at Point Loma, at the Cabrillo National Monument (pictured above).

But lovely cacti greet us along the road side almost everywhere.

We spent two days visiting San Diego's famous zoo and Safari Park. Maybe I will post some other animal photos--but for now, enjoy these flaming flamingos. Love that raucous orangey-pink.

My birthday evening, we drove to Carlsbad, and watched the sun set across the Pacific. The changing light infused the red cliffs with a wondrous glow.

And the cloud formations put on a special show, until finally the sun slipped below the edge of the world.

I mentioned to my husband that next year's birthday celebration will be hard-pressed to beat this year's.


Peruby said...

Stunning! What a beautiful birthday.

Jayne said...

It's the only city I've been to in CA, and we enjoyed our time there so much. It was in 1991 when we went and I still wear my sweatshirt from the Wild Animal Park. Glad you all had a good time celebrating your birthday.

Lynne at Hasty Brook said...

Arizona is the furthest west I've been. I'm so glad you got to spend your birthday surrounded by such beauty, Donna.

Ginger said...

Awww. You made this California girl homesick. So glad you had a lovely visit. It really is a beautiful, delightful place.

Anvilcloud said...

Haha. Thew sweaty palms got me until I realized that you weren't talking about trees.

Ruth said...

Wow, gorgeous pictures!! Now I know what I should have planned for this long weekend. Enjoy you vacation.

Denise said...

I love the Carlsbad picture...breathtaking!!

Nance said...

Still here? 'Cause I am, too. Until Feb. 25th. Since it's been raining for days, might as well do a blogger meet-up. Where are you staying?

Oh, and Happy Birthday!

KGMom said...

Thanks to all for the birthday wishes.
We are now home (in central PA)--San Diego arranged to have rain Wed., then some on Fri. and buckets on Sat., when we left to come home.

Climenheise said...

Lovely views, wonderful pictures and memories. I carry around a lucky bean (do you remember those from Rhodeisa of old?) that I picked up near LA. San Diego has jacarandas -- purple in the spring -- to complete the illusion of southern Africa. I must go there sometime ....

Unknown said...

Well done, my Far-Away Friend. Your photos are inspiring.