Friday, July 29, 2016

Aloha to San Diego - We found seals in La Jolla!

We ventured up to La Jolla for its gorgeous seascapes! From San (link),

With a dramatic coastline boasting spectacular views, it's no surprise that La Jolla is one of the most popular beach destinations in California. Surrounded on three sides by the sea and backed by the steep slopes of Mt. Soledad, La Jolla's coastal profile and quaint village lifestyle evokes a Mediterranean feel. With a unique microclimate that rarely drops below 50 degrees or exceeds 90 degrees, combined with unmatched natural beauty, an upscale casual vibe and world-class attractions, La Jolla lives up to its nickname as "the jewel" of San Diego.

From La Jolla By the Sea (link):

What does the name "La Jolla" mean?

The exact origin of La Jolla’s name is somewhat uncertain. Historians dispute whether the name originates from the Spanish word La Joya, which means "the jewel" or from the Native American term Woholle meaning "hole in the mountains".

La Jolla is famous for its seals .... 

... enjoying the sun as the sea swirls around them.

We also spotted these critters ...

... a colony of ground squirrels burrowing in the slopes overlooking the beach.

The seagulls also nested in the bluffs.

 Walking back to our car, we noticed the dingy cluster ...

... and this mural.  Indeed, Brave Men Run in My Family!

I followed the sign ...

 ... for the wedding ceremony.

Have you visited La Jolla ... or attended a beach wedding ... or seen sea mammals in the wild? One randomly selected commenter from this week's blog posts wins a book choice from my convention stash. Comments are open through Saturday, July 30, 10 pm in Baltimore. I'll post the winner  on Sunday, July 31 at SOS Aloha.


Kim in Baltimore
Aloha Spirit in Charm City

Nothing like ukulele for a wedding!


  1. My nephew had a beach wedding. It was horrid.

    We had to clamber over mounds of large rocks to a secluded beach. There was nowhere to sit and the sun was so hot. We ended standing way back under some trees far away from the ceremony. Trudged back through hot sand and more clambering back over rocks.

    It was even worse for the oldest generation.

    Everyone agreed that there was nothing romantic about it at all.

  2. La Jolla is one of my favorite places in California / we vacationed there frequently when we lived in LA for 12 years. And, I attended my first beach wedding in Bald Head Ismand, NC this past Jube.

  3. No never have been to a beach wedding. I have been to Myrtle Beach and loved the ocean.

  4. I visited La Jolla briefly many years ago - I'd love to visit agian.

  5. I did see a beach wedding. My one visit to Hawaii 40+ years ago. My husband's father was stationed there and lived on the northern side of the island and my husband and I visited when he was on R&R and that's where we saw a small Hawaiian wedding - was lovely.

  6. Never been to La Jolla or a beach, but I have seen sea lions at Pier 39 in San Francisco.

  7. Yes to all of your questions! ��

  8. I have been there and seen the seals. I grew up in California and have been to many of the beaches when I was a kid.

  9. I've never attended a beach wedding however I plan to soon since my cousin is getting married in Trinidad on a beach sometime next year

  10. We went on a whale watching catamaran in Kawaii, and apparently they spotted a whale in the distance, but I was too busy being seasick to notice. LOL.

  11. I have been to La Jolla and seen sea critters.