San Diego and North Island Naval Air Station from Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery
If you have to stay on the ground while trying to get good views of San Diego, the best views are on the Point Loma peninsula.
The peninsula closes at 5:00 p.m. because most of the peninsula is made up of several military bases: Naval Base Point Loma, Naval Base San Diego, Military Sealift Command, NSC San Diego, and US Space and Naval Warfare Systems. Because of that, there are few stopping places along the peninsula.
At the tip of the peninsula is Cabrillo National Monument, offering by far the best views on a clear day. However, it costs money to get into the Monument. Not much, something like $5 per car. Nonetheless, money is money.
The best place to stop that doesn’t cost money is Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery. Keep in mind that it is on the peninsula so you won’t be able to get to it after 5:00 p.m., even during the summer months when daylight goes until 9:00 p.m.
I had heard today that they have about ten inches of snow out in the mountains but the report didn’t say how far down the snow came. If it gets down to about 2,500 feet, you can go to Point Loma and get pictures of San Diego that look like this, taken in January 2010.
I zipped out to Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery this afternoon to see if I could get some snow pictures. Nope. Apparently the snow level is up at the 5,000-foot mark or higher, which we can’t see here in San Diego, usually due to clouds. However, I did get three great pictures since it’s so clear today.
This first picture shows Shelter Island in the center, a peninsula notwithstanding its name. Shelter Island was the home to the America’s Cup back in 1988, 1992, and 1995.
At the bottom of that picture is the submarine base, part of Naval Base San Diego. It’s not unusual to see submarines docked at the base, or heading in or out with assistance from Coast Guard tug boats, like this submarine and tugboat that I captured two summers ago:
In the following picture, the big base taking up the bottom half is North Island (also not an island) Naval Air Station. This is where Air Force One lands when the President visits San Diego.
This final picture is of downtown San Diego behind some more of North Island Naval Air Station.
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Posted on February 9, 2013, in Manmade, Out & About, Photos and tagged coast guard tugboat pictures, north island naval air station pictures, san diego pictures, shelter island pictures, submarine pictures. Bookmark the permalink. 14 Comments.