Where My Books Have Been: Point Loma

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

For a long time, I've thought that I would have loved being a lighthouse keeper.  Far from being scary or undesirable, the solitude, quiet, and even isolation sound simply wonderful.  There would be plenty of time for me to read and write, and I could enjoy either in my cozy house or beautiful outdoor surroundings.  I can get stressed out by a packed social calendar, so I think I'd enjoy the relatively simple life of a lighthouse keeper.  I don't require much to be happy, and I could do all the things I want to do but never seem to be able to fit into my busy life, like sew and knit and scrapbook.  And the ocean views and cool, fresh air are so good for the soul.  Being outside, especially along the coast, is so refreshing and revitalizing for me. 

Given my predilections towards lighthouses and lighthouse keepers, it should come as no surprise that Point Loma is one of my favorite places to spend a quiet weekend morning or afternoon.  The area has lush hiking trails, brimming tide pools, the Cabrillo National Monument, stunning coastal views, and, of course, the Old Point Loma Lighthouse.  Jordan and I love Point Loma; even though it draws quite a few tourists, it's never too loud or crowded.  We also love that there are plenty of benches to sit and enjoy the ocean and rolling hills, and we brought our books to enjoy some outdoor reading.  

Point Loma offers stunning views of Downtown San Diego and Coronado.

Where the lighthouse keeper and his family lived.  The actual lighthouse tower wasn't built too tall because the building itself is located on the highest point of the hill at the end of Point Loma.

The lighthouse keeper and his family had their own lush garden, growing much of what they ate right on site. 

A look down at some of the tide pools from the top of the hill.

My future home. 

On this particular trip, the day was overcast and windy, and the tides were pretty high.  Still, the coastline was simply stunning, and it was so peaceful to hear the waves crashing against the rocks as we walked.  It reminded me a little of being back east, which was a nice change from the usual 70 degree and sunny weather we have year-round in San Diego.  There were a lot of birds out, and it was fun to see them soaring through the sky and diving into the ocean for food.   

It's a silly and probably impossible dream, but if one day Jordan and I could live in a place that even approximates Point Loma and the Old Lighthouse, I think we'd jump at the chance. 

Where are your favorite places to read and/or write?  

February Wrap Up

Monday, March 2, 2015

Hello!  Sorry for the unexpected absence.  I started something new this past week, which has been great but also a big adjustment, and it kind of threw me off of my usual routine, particularly blog-wise.  I've been settling into my new schedule over the past few days, and I hope to get back into the regular swing of things this week. 

Those of you who follow me on Instagram know that I've been participating in the Half-Blood Valentine's/February 2015 Book Challenge.  It's been a lot of fun to think of which book(s) best fit each day's prompt and to post pictures every day.  I've also loved following everyone else's posts.  It's been great to see how different people interpret the prompts, and I always enjoyed it when someone chose a book that I hadn't thought of but that perfectly fit the prompt.  The challenge also helped me to keep on top of my reading, reflect on and think more deeply about the books that I've been reading, and to find suggestions for new books to add to my to-be read list.

Here's a look at some of my favorite posts from this past month:

Day 9: Book & Candle

Day 11: Favorite Literary Date

Day 13: Book & Candy

 Day 15: Love Letter in a Book

Day 16: Paranormal Romance

Day 18: Current Read

Day 19: Romantic Cover

Day 20: Recommendation Friday

Day 21: Go-to Author

Day 26: Book BF/GF

Day 27: February Book Haul (clearly I have a problem)

Day 28: Wrap Up and Favorite February Book

Did anyone else participate in the Half-Blood Valentine's/February 2015 Book Challenge on Instagram?  What was your favorite book that you read this month? 
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