If you missed part 1 of this post about the Harbor Seals, you can find it here.
After doing a little bit of wading in the water, we walked along the sidewalk that hugs the coastline and passed two different wedding parties enjoying a gorgeous setting to tie the knot. This bride was on her way from her photo shoot to her reception. I saw our daughter, Amy gazing longingly at the wedding festivities. I know she would love to shoot a wedding here (so give her a call if you need a photographer for here or anywhere)!
We ended up resting under these wonderful curvy, gnarled trees. I have no idea what they’re called, but they were so unique.
Next we headed toward LaJolla Cove (just a few steps away). We passed this lovely plein air painting on the way to the beach. I’d love to try painting again someday, but I’m not sure I’d be brave enough to try it with so many onlookers. You couldn’t find a more perfect setting though.
This is La Jolla Cove which is actually designated as an Underwater Park Ecological Reserve where fishing is prohibited and all the marine life is protected. You’ll enjoy snorkeling, scuba diving, swimming and kayaking here!
I’m told that there are times during the year where you can see both Seals and Sea Lions at Casa Beach, but that didn’t seem to be the case this week. Today we get to meet the California Sea Lions that are at La Jolla Cove. It’s within easy walking distance of the seals.
I think it’s so awesome that these gorgeous creatures are in such close proximity to each other and so accessible for the public to view. What a great way to teach your little ones about the magnificence of God’s creation and to guide them in how to explore, appreciate, honor and respect their natural world. This is the ultimate example of nature at your doorstep, even in busy southern California. As you can see, these kayakers have an amazing view of the sea lions and a much different vantage point than those of us on land.
By the way, do you know the difference between the seal and sea lions that we see in La Jolla? Sea Lions have small external ear flaps. Another big difference between true seals and sea lions is that sea lions have larger front flippers which they use effectively on land. Sea lions can also rotate their hind flippers toward the ground so they’re able to walk on all four appendages, unlike seals that basically “scooch” on their bellies. They make use of their fore flippers when propelling themselves through water too. Sea Lions are generally the creatures that you’ll see performing in shows, since they’re highly intelligent and relatively easy to train. If you’d like to get into even more detail about the differences, visit “How Stuff Works” here.
And last, but not least this temperate climate does wonders for flowers! Here’s just a taste of the colors you may see here.
Here’s a link to a detailed map of the LaJolla area. At this posting it was last updated in 2010, so it’s hard to tell how accurate the business listings are, but for general navigation, it should be helpful.
So what’s your favorite part of La Jolla so far?
Next post will be about the Open Aire Market there. Stay tuned – you’re gonna wish there was a scratch and sniff blog option.
Here are a few of my favorite pics of our family from the weekend. Don’t you just love Amy’s earrings!