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?  


  1. WOW, what stunning scenery & a darling garden! I don't blame you for wanting to move here one bit. What kind of camera did you use to take these pictures? They look straight out of a magazine!

    1. Right? If only it wasn't a national monument - I'd move in now! And I took all of these pictures with my iPhone 5S and edited them with Afterlight. I totally swear by Afterlight - it does wonders!

    2. I downloaded Afterlight and MY LIFE IS CHANGED.

  2. Lighthouses are amazing! For the longest time, I didn't know about Point Loma or the old lighthouse there on the hill. It feels like something that is more a "back East" thing, it is really cool to learn about the ones on the Pacific coast (the better coast, or at least the better Ocean, I mean look at those rocky shores in your amazing pictures!).

    There is something very peaceful about imagining life as a lighthouse(er; owner; operator?).

  3. Beautiful photos! Have you read The Light Between Oceans? The beginning of your post reminded me of that book.

  4. That brings back memories. I lived in San Diego as a navy brat from '77 to '79, then I was stationed there as a sailor from '85 to '88 (USS Okinawa...now sunk out there somewhere as target practice). I love the ocean and miss it desperately. Michigan has some smaller oceans, but it's not quite the same. My favorite place to read then was up on the O7 level, the highest point on the ship's island. I'd sit and stare out over the bay and read Clancy or King usually. Thanks for the great photos. Maybe I'll see it again someday.


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