This is just one of my favorite pictures… a sunny day on the beach in Cardiff-By-The-Sea… the couple in the Miata with the top down, the guy with the telescope looking out to sea… folks walking on the beach.

I shot this back in February 2006 for my San Diego Union-Tribune column, and even though it’s now 11 years old, I decided to include it in my book, Joyrides Around San Diego, which is still selling nicely on and local bookstores, including, at this writing, five Barnes and Noble locations around San Diego (Costa Verde, Grossmont, Mira Mesa, Rancho Bernardo and Escondido). It’s also available as a single-chapter download through the Amazon Kindle store… and that download is free if you’re a member of Kindle Unlimited.

Note that this was photographed in February. For you out-of-towners, we get rain and chilly weather in the winter, but sometime in January or February, we always get a hot spell. It’s our Winter Break Break.

I picked up a book the other day, which will remain nameless, that covered old Route 66 from Chicago to Los Angeles, plus some side trips. It included a trip down the coast from 66’s end in Santa Monica to San Diego. He gushes about driving on California’s Highway 1, which ends south of San Clemente when it merges with Interstate 5. He then says to stay on I-5 to San Diego.

Well, there are some nice beach views from Highway 1, but he misses some even better views on San Diego County’s Coast Highway, old U.S. 101, which parallels I-5. And that’s the problem with a lot of travel guides… it’s mostly “Leave Disneyland and drive south on I-5 and follow the signs to the San Diego Zoo.”

You miss views like this. Destinations aren’t everything; enjoy the journey.


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