Standing at the Sea – Point Loma, California

“For whatever we lose (like a you or a me)
it’s always ourselves we find in the sea.”
– e.e. cummings

Day 2 – part 1 1/2

Just down the road from the National Cemetery is the Old Point Loma Lighthouse overlooking the cliff tide pools.

These pictures don’t do it justice. There is so much more than the view.

It’s the mood of a harsh land beaten by the Pacific.

Flock of Seagulls (ha)

It’s the sounds of sea life as they call from overhead.

It’s the crashing punch when a swelling wave meets the rocky shore.

Then, above it all is the Old Point Loma Lighthouse.

Old Point Loma Lighthouse

Built in 1855, it was placed 422 ft above the sea, between the Gulf of San Diego and the great Pacific Ocean. At the time, placing it high seemed a good idea. A beacon for all the sailors. It was quickly discovered a place so high had issues with fog obscuring the light (whoops!).

Old Point Loma Lighthouse

Unfortunately, it was only a working lighthouse for 30 years because of that little blunder. It has been restored it to its original 1800’s condition, inside and out. Jason and I both have a love for lighthouses and this was the first I have ever toured.

Old Point Loma Lighthouse

I was not disappointed.

Old Point Loma Lighthouse

The house is small; four rooms and the light is not tall. There is a spiral staircase to the top.

Old Point Loma Lighthouse

At the top of Old Point Loma Lighthouse

And the view?

Lighthouse Walkway


Sailboat in San Diego Harbor

Of course, in the 1800’s, it wasn’t the same as now. No busy harbor, and no downtown San Diego.

Downtown San Diego

And certainly, no Coastguard helicopters.

Coastguard Helicopter

Just the little lighthouse…..

Old Point Loma Lighthouse

And the many ocean views….

View from the Old Lighthouse

So, I still want to live in a lighthouse, even an 1800’s one, preferably on the Pacific Ocean, but I am not picky.

Old Point Loma Lighthouse

One of the new lighthouse’s is pretty spiffy too, and they even used the grounds for the movie, Top Gun.

New Point Loma Lighthouse

So what do you think? Do you want to live in a lighthouse? Have you been to Point Loma?

37 thoughts on “Standing at the Sea – Point Loma, California

  1. OMG like half the world I have always loved lighthouses. And I even applied to live in a remote one after I got out of college because I thought it would be sooooo romantic to live in a dark cliff with no one else around but my thoughts!!lol. I think I need to be very glad that never happened:) But I still love looking at them! Beautiful pics!


  2. These pictures are so stunning. They make me feel like I’m there and can hear the waves crashing into the rocks. I loved how the rocks are layered by water and wind. What an amazing site. I’ve been to lots of East Coast beaches, but you make me want to visit the West coast.

    Also, the views from the lighthouse do look like they were worth the climb. Amazing the history that lighthouse has witnessed.

    Thanks for sharing your trip. I love these kind of posts. I feel like I’m almost there.


    I watching the hummingbird wars outside my window. I have two who are fighting over a feeder, even though we have multiple ones. I keep trying to catch a picture of the emerald back of one and he’s still too fast and too elusive; a worthy opponent of a camera bug:~)


    1. I am dying to capture photos of the hummingbirds. We have one that comes to the feeder, but as soon as someone says, “There is a hummingbird!”, I turn and it’s gone. That is definitely a challenge for the shutterbug. πŸ™‚ I hope to see pics soon!

      It’s funny you say that about the West coast, I have spent most of my coast time in Florida, Texas, and California. Not much in the East coast. I should definitely check it out. πŸ™‚


  3. No. I don’t want to live in a lighthouse. And I don’t think I have ever been there. Not sure. If I have been there I was young and don’t remember.

    Your pictures are stunning. Just gorgeous.

    I find it odd that the light house is so small, the actually tower part. I always thought they were larger/higher. I guess the hill/cliff was what was supposed to give it height? And the cliff and the hill. Ha, proves that governing bodies have never really known what they were doing, right? Half-sighted.


    1. Right!! It seemed like such a great idea. πŸ™‚ Apparently, it took thirty years to admit it wasn’t. I have not seen a small (short) one like that before, either. It was really cute. You might change your mind after you visit it and want to live there too. :-)) Ha.


  4. Angelia, these pictures are absolutely breathtaking. It makes me want to run to Point Loma right now (or travel by teleporter since I’m in Delaware). It looks like a great place to go think, pray and/or just take in all the beautiful scenery around you. All the things I love to do. I wants to go to Point Lommmmaaaaaa!


  5. I have always had a lingering desire to live in a lighthouse. I have read too many romance novels, and listened to that Nickel Creek song (The lighthouse’s tale) way too many time. There is just something so romantic about a lighthouse. The tragedy they have prevented, but also the pain they have witnessed. They belong in stories.
    On a side note- after looking at your unbelievable pictures, I really, really need to pull out my zoom lens. Those are just gorgeous!


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  7. Well, well,well. My pictures suddenly become pitiful comparing to yours. Hehe. It’s like posting the seagulls picture is costumary. The featured blog I included also posted pictures of seagulls. Hehe. I guess they really are extremely noticeable to that area.


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