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My travel story continues. As we approach the park, we notice a cemetery called Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery. The cemetery is located about 10 miles (16 km) west of Downtown San Diego , overlooking San Diego Bay and the city from one side, and the Pacific Ocean on the other. Rows and rows of white tombstones is quite impressive. Burial in Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery is available for eligible veterans, their spouses and dependents. We do not stop so I take photos as we are driving by.
We are now just about to visit the Cabrillo National Monument on Point Loma. The monument commemorating Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo’s 1543 exploration of the area is an interesting historical backdrop to panoramic views of San Diego.
You can only imagine the conditions in those years for the adventurers ready to explore the world . Cabrillo was probably born in Portugal but was an explorer on behalf of the Spanish Empire. Cabrillo’s discoveries went largely unnoticed at the time, so none of his place names were permanently adopted. Despite this, Cabrillo is now remembered as the first European to travel the California coast, and many parks, schools, buildings and streets in California bear his name.
This must be the ship ( a miniature ) that crossed the ocean to get to America.
The park offers a view of San Diego’s harbor and skyline, as well as Coronado and Naval Air Station North Island . On clear days, a wide expanse of the Pacific Ocean, Tijuana (Mexico). A visitor center screens a film about Cabrillo’s voyage and has exhibits about the expedition. You could spend many hours there and learn a lot but sometimes it is not possible to read it all.
Here is the Old Point Loma Lighthouse. From November 1855 and for the next 36 years, except on foggy nights, it welcomed sailors to San Diego harbor. However, the lighthouse’s site on top of a 400-foot cliff meant that fog and low clouds often obscured the light from the view of ships. On March 23, 1891, the flame was permanently extinguished and the light was replaced by the New Point Loma lighthouse at a lower elevation.
As it was getting late that day, we left the park but we came back another day to spend time close by the ocean.
Always fun to discover new places. We still had time to see more of San Diego and it will be the topic of another post. Thanks for reading.