Memories from Mount Soledad

If I haven’t made it clear by now that I enjoy the outdoors, mountains and a good view…I should just quit writing. I’m hoping that’s not the case, which is why I’m going to go on and on about how beautiful the views from Mount Soledad in San Diego are.

If you’ve ever taken a photography class, you’ve probably heard about the rule of thirds. A very short summary of the rule says that you should never place your subject directly in the middle of your photo because it’s just not as interesting. Clearly that rule does not apply when your subject and its surroundings are so perfect already.

Postcard worthy

I could have stood in the exact same spot for hours on end. The colors reminded of everything that spring is. Even looking now, the different shades of blue and green with perfectly scattered flowers make me think of Easter.


After you make the drive up to Mount Soledad, you’ll notice a big cross on the top. It was originally built in 1913, but has since been redone twice.


The cross was quite a controversy, but it’s now considered part of the Korean War Memorial that’s the black and grey you see surrounding the steps in the photo above.

Another one of my favorite photos

Besides the wonderful views, it was the people at the top of Mount Soledad that I’ll never forget. Isn’t it always that way with travel? I asked an older local couple to take a photo for me because I was by myself. We talked for a few minutes about where I’m from, what I was doing in San Diego, the usual. I told them how much I’d fallen in love with the mountains there and the woman, without a pause, said, “Why don’t you move here then?”

I might not be planning a move to California anytime soon, but sometimes just hearing that you have a choice (at a time when you feel like you don’t) can be so powerful.




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