Photo Friday: An Afternoon at Cabrillo Redux

Hi there!  Hope most of you are enjoying this transition from summer to fall.  For this week’s Photo Friday, I’ve opted to update a post from last summer.  The photos below are from my visits to the Cabrillo National Monument back in October 2009 and March 2010.

Cabrillo National Monument is located at the very tip of the Point Loma Peninsula in California.  This national park, which is very affordable at $5.00 per car (2010 prices – do check current prices if you decide to go), provides breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean. To see the exhibits at the Visitor Center and walk the path around the lighthouse takes approximately an hour.

From the top of Cabrillo National Monument, you can actually see the San Diego Bay and part of downtown.

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Photo Friday: Washington’s Confession

Last month I shared with you the wonder that is Where’s George.  I had received a $20 bill that had a message stamped on it that the bill was being tracked on Where’s George.

This wasn’t the first time I’d received a stamped message on currency.  During a summer trip to San Diego back in 2002, I received the dollar bill shown below as change after buying a snack at Balboa Park.

In case you can’t make it out, the stamp is a dialogue balloon that says “I Grew Hemp”. Now, I’m not a history expert so I have no idea if George Washington grew hemp, but if he did I’m sure the hemp was used as a textile. 🙂

History aside, I thought it was hilarious.  I kept the bill until I bought a scanner in 2006 and was able to scan the image.

If only I had remembered about Where’s George at that time.  Wouldn’t it have been something to track this bill?

Besides currency tracking messages for sites like, have you ever received a message on a piece of money?

Commuter Chronicles #10: Signs You Should Hail a Taxi


As discovered while waiting for local route 8 at the Old Town Transit Center in San Diego.


  1. The bus driver has been sitting idle inside the bus with the doors closed for about 5 minutes.
  2. When the driver does open the doors and you try to board, he flips out and chastises you because he still has 5 minutes left of his smoke break and he needs to de-board to do this.
  3. The bus should have actually left the bus station about 3 minutes ago.
  4. It’s starting to get dark and the tourist to native ratio at the station is rapidly dwindling.
  5. You have two teens with you, that you’ve been entrusted to watch on vacation.
  6. The guy standing next to you in line with unidentifiable stains on his clothes keeps hanging up his phone that won’t stop ringing and-
  7. This same guy is telling the passenger next to him about how some guys keep calling him because they want to kill him.
My sincerest apologies to the San Diego Metropolitan Transit System (SDMTS) who otherwise have done a wonderful job transporting me around San Diego County over the years.

Photo Friday: Sundown at San Diego Bay

Pair of photos taken March 2010 at Seaport Village in San Diego.   I was walking from one end of the boardwalk to the other and snapped shots of the sun setting over San Diego Bay towards the same general direction but from two different spots along the boardwalk.  I thought it was interesting how different the color and tint in each picture came out from the other picture.

An Afternoon at Cabrillo

Summer vacation season is in full swing for many people across the globe.  As for me, I’ve opted to spend time at home, especially since I became a homeowner.  Because it is so new for me, spending time at home relaxing feels like a vacation.

Besides, lately I’ve found that I prefer traveling in autumn or spring. Years of relegating vacations to those three months between the end of the current school year and beginning of the next, traveling to various locations in other seasons brings new life even to places I’ve been before. Continue reading