Our fiesta by the sea had begun on Cinco de Mayo and continued as Larry featured Mexican cuisine, such as his savory Caldo de Mariscos, which contained squid, shrimp, and scallops cooked in an enameled cast iron Japanese pot that provided even heat, as well as heat retention.
I descended these stairs in the late afternoon to get a closer look at those beautiful crashing waves* that we continuously heard during our stay here.
As I listened to the ocean, it seemed to talk to me. I was lulled into a meditative and contemplative state. I thought about its beauty… its vastness. Then I remembered disturbing images that I saw on this beach three years ago. At that time, I saw litter and signs of pollution and was hearing news and seeing the images of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico*. Since then, I have learned that people are working together to create a healthier ocean and track progress towards that goal by calculating and issuing an annual Ocean Health Index Score* in 133 countries. Listen to renowned oceanographer, Greg Stone*, discuss the importance of creating an Ocean Health Index and see how your country scored on the Ocean Health Index Score! See the recent BBC video, “Antarctica: Engine of ocean life“, which illustrates why the seas around Antarctica play an important role in the wealth of life found throughout the world’s oceans.
As I ascended the stairs, I continued to contemplate how people working together could overcome obstacles and achieve a better world.
I also thought about the life that this bluff supports. California ground squirrels thrive here and burrow into the bluff to make homes.
They are also quick in finding any food left unattended by campers!
This “San Diego on the ocean side” environment also supports Brown Pelicans that are often seen flying together (which has benefits*) as they soar along the bluff. Brown Pelicans almost became extinct in the 1970s due to the pesticide DDT, but environmental protections since then have resulted in their comeback and removal from the federal endangered species list in 2010. Increased numbers have also meant increased odoriferous excrement that is having an impact on upscale seaside tourist spots such as La Jolla, California.
Whether our world’s oceans will have a bright or dark future depends on all of us working together for a better tomorrow.
*This is a link to a YouTube video.