Explore Your Neighborhood Parks

| April 3, 2017 | 0 Comments
Wild flowers are blooming at Cabrillo National Monument.

Wild flowers are blooming at Cabrillo National Monument.

This past month, a friend of mine who lives in Connecticut came to San Diego on a business trip. He commented on how lucky we are to live here. The weather, the environment, nature…all of the benefits of living in San Diego, and so close to the ocean, were just some of what he noticed. Of course, I had to say, “Unfortunately, we tend to take all of this for granted.”

I have to admit, when I return from winter business trips to the Mid-West and East Coast, I do feel very fortunate that I get to return to San Diego. It is a pretty awesome place to live. Now I need to enjoy it more.

Thankfully, other local friends keep reminding me that San Diego is a very diverse County, filled with lots of different terrain and wildlife, including plants and animals.

Just this past week, I was sent information on Cabrillo National Monument, which is only 15 minutes from Mission Hills. In case you’ve forgotten, it’s a spectacular place to visit. You can explore the vast tide pools, stroll alongside beautiful native flowers, as well as get an education on biodiversity. It’s all right here in our own backyard.

And, now that spring has arrived, there’s a lot of amazing views at Cabrillo National Monument, whales in the ocean and mother nature at its best, providing an array of spectacular native plants that are both fragrant and attractive. I just learned that there are some native species that have not been seen in years and are suddenly a part of the landscaping. (I would expect this is due to all the recent rains that have helped to bring back lost vegetation.)

In case you didn’t know this, at Cabrillo National Monument you can see the endangered Sea Dahlia, Wild Cucumber, Jewel Flower, Black Sage, Milkmaids, Woolly Indian Paintbrush, Bush Sunflower, as well as the delicate California Poppy, the state flower.

Who needs to drive all the way to the desert to see the spring blooms? Simply venture out to Cabrillo National Monument and enjoy all that it has to offer.

And, in case you want to see what else is happening at Cabrillo National Monument, visit www.CNMF.org.

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