We spent our last morning in San Diego wandering along San Diego Bay on Shelter Island. The day was sublimely perfect. The sky so blue, it almost hurt the eyes, and the sun held a warmth that spoke of summer, even though it was only February.
These little ducks greeted us at our door every morning, looking for snacks.
Mosaic tile fountain at tip of Shelter Island
The tip of Point Loma, with Cabrillo National Monument State Park and Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery
The small white markers on the top left are grave markers at the military cemetery. I’ve been up there, and all those rows upon rows upon rows of white markers are both awe-inspiring and very sobering to see.
I’d planned our route back to Palm Desert carefully, as I had our route out to San Diego, but somehow I messed up. I thought we were stopping at Riverside, so plugged that into the gps. We were cruising along, chatting about our trip, when I realized we’d missed our turn-off. Consulting my notes, I found my error. We should’ve stopped at Riverside on the way down to San Diego. Annoyed with myself for screwing up, and upset that we might have to waste time backtracking, I asked Hubby to make the first available turn off the hwy. Without knowing where we were headed, we ended up at the Temecula Duck Pond.
This little duck pond was the perfect place for me to relax and sort out where we were and where we wanted to go.
As it turned out, we were right where we should’ve been. On the right track, both mentally and physically, we carried on our way, thankful to have avoided a detour.
Despite being at quite a high altitude as we traveled through the Santa Rosa mountains, I didn’t expect to see this sign in southern California
And I sure didn’t expect to see this
Everyone should experience the Pines to Palms Hwy. Once. It’s beautifully scenic. And it’s hair-raisingly twisty. I confess to hyperventilating on some of the hair-pin curves—and I wasn’t even driving. The view of the Coachella Valley from the vista point was well worth the effort to get there. The snake-like highway we traveled can be seen in these photos.
I’ll wrap up my trip highlights next weekend with our hike in Indian Canyon.