Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Cabrillo Monument

The next day was spent leisurely at the Cabrillo Monument. I say "day" but really I mean, after we slept in, Apollo took care of some business with the car, we had breakfast, etc. It was 1:00 and we decided to get off our lazy butts. At least, our cave-like apartment was really getting on Mom's last nerve so she was happy to go somewhere.

As we were driving down University Avenue, we saw a special lady walking down the sidewalk. She could have been a prostitute or a 70-something-year-old lady reliving her youth. We don't know. All we know is her muscular old lady legs were strangely wrinkly and extremely skinny. Everyone was staring, causing traffic congestion. She was wearing these heels that must have been five inches, a mini skirt, some sort of shirt and huge hair. I'm sure there was some blue eyeshadow and red lipstick involved too. Anyway, we got a good eyeful.

Well, wouldn't you know it but even after we stopped at Target for more film and other items, we happened to see that very same lady getting off the bus up at the Cabrillo Monument! I tried to catch her on film but this is the best I could do. (The Old Point Loma Lighthouse is in the background.) From a distance she doesn't look like much but I'm telling you, she looked bad! And had those skinny old lady legs! EW! Every time I look at this photo I remember a story someone told me about an old lady, the locker room at the YMCA and certain items I didn't realize gravity affected..... *shiver* (I'll give you a hint, they start with the letter L.)

Apollo checking out the view of North Island. It turns out the guy sitting near him was from Detroit so of course, they spent a lot of time yacking it up. He meets a lot of people from Detroit, it seems.

Apollo and Liz hit it off from the very beginning. Here she is with her famous V sign. We spent at least an hour waiting for two Navy ships to come in so Mom and Liz could get the perfect photo.

Apollo, Mom and Liz taking in the view. Mom was trying to take a photo of airplanes or helicopters. She was obsessed with getting pictures of them seemingly flying close to buildings. Nice smog, eh?

Eventually we drove down to the tide pools where we saw this beautiful sediment layering.

Yep, the tidepools. The tide was coming in but we still saw a lot of little creatures. Mom got the best photos of them with her nice new camera.

Because there had been some storms recently, we saw a lot of lobster traps and other garbage lying on the beach. It was really sad, so much trash.

Later we learned some volunteers were collecting the traps and piling them in one area to be properly disposed of. Grrr!

Eventually we were herded off the beach with everyone else when the sun started to set.

Some tweaking of the camera produced this image with cacti in the foreground. In all, we had a good time just slowing down and enjoying mother nature.


Theresa said...

I love the view from Cabrillo. Did you see that the carriers had Christmas lights on them? Very cool.

aimee said...

Great pics - I think Mom really had fun. :)