I always tell people that I think travel is the most enriching experience you can allow yourself, even if it only involves camping in a state park 100 miles from your home.
Last week, a friend and I flew to San Diego, CA. His uncle owns a very nice home in La Jolla, just a few blocks from La Jolla Cove, which you see in the top photo I have posted here. It’s one of the prettiest places I have ever visited. Of course it’s also one of the most expensive communities in California, a place I could never afford. I liked it anyways ….
We spent one day attending a PGA tournament at the Torrey Pines course, which was quite beautiful. We saw many big-name golfers up close; it was a nice way to spend a day.
The next day we met two friends at Camp Pendelton Marine Base, to play a round of golf on the base course, which was lots of fun. The day was beautiful:sunny and still, and just about 72 degrees F. Then, after our round we took occupancy of two oceanfront apartments located directly on the base and at the beach. The lower photo shows you what the apartments looked like. We could only stay there because one of our foursome was a retired Marine. The beach was next to a jetty, and the surf there was really good. I didn’t have my board with me but I enjoyed watching other guys surf. The waves w ere huge compared to those in Florida.
Just walking around the base was interesting. We encountered many young Marines in uniform, going about their duties. All were friendly and respectful, and I had to admire them for all the drudgery and discomforts they have to endure.
The last day we were there it stormed so we couldn’t enjoy the outdoors much, but we did build a big bonfire in one of the concrete pits the base supplies. What a treat ….
This was my first visit to Southern California in eight years, and I’m sure glad I went. Give it a try sometime, if you get the chance. You won’t be sorry you did.