I’m familiarizing myself with the San Diego area, and starting to figure out what about it intrigues me and what does not. It’s fairly diverse geographically, and fun to explore. And there’s lot of human influence, that’s for sure.
I returned to the Beach Cities of Los Angeles County, or ” The South Bay” for the first time since March, saw some friends, took some pictures, and remembered how much I liked it there. I found myself drawn to spending all of my time there in Redondo Beach, save for a Halloween pary in Hermosa Beach. I could see myself living there for a long time some day…but I have much traveling and wandering to do before then!
I spent 9 nights in Imperial Beach, part of San Diego County, whose claim to fame is being the most south-westerly city in the United States. While I was there, I went down to Tijuana to walk around one Friday afternoon, and took another trip to Border Field State Park, on the US side of Tijuana. It was interesting how Tijuana was very built up and the US side was a state park. I never felt in danger, but it was interesting when the US Border Patrol agent chastised me for going somewhere I wasn’t supposed to, although it wasn’t well marked!
My first two weeks of being in San Diego have been fruitful in terms of photography – I have been enjoying the new scenery, the diverse coastline, and lots of sun. San Diego was never really a place I thought much about living in, although I’ve enjoyed a few visits previously. So far so good though. It is certainly an opportunity that I am embracing and will look to make the most of.
The last 2 days of my drive west, from Tucson, Arizona to San Diego, California, I was struck even more than usual by the influence of transportation on the landscape.
This was one of those parks I had never heard of until the day I went, but with an annual pass, why not? I was enjoying seeing the big saguaro cacti, which I had never seen in person before, and then the solar halo made the visit that much better!
I was blown away by how much desert there is between Austin Texas and San Diego – basically it’s all desert. I am not sure why I didn’t realize that. Lots of dust, lots of dirt roads, and lots of abandoned buildings.