Thanks to Jim ordering a pair of shoes from REI that were too small, and not wanting to have to mail them back, we decided to drive 57 miles to the REI store in Encinitas so he could return them. Terry and LuAnn decided to join us, so we made it a day of shopping, lunch and a walk.
We love the Pacific coast, and this was our first visit to Encinitas, named by National Geographic as one of the 20 best surf towns in the world. The surf was not very high that day but we did see some surfers out there.
By the time we got done shopping, with Terry buying hiking boots at REI, and Jim buying court shoes at Seaside Rackets, (sadly, nothing for the girls) it was time for lunch. Terry and LuAnn had camp hosted at nearby San Elijo State Beach, so they are familiar with the area and recommended the Lotus Cafe and Juice Bar, on Hwy 101, the main street of eclectic downtown Encinitas.. It was a great choice, as they have a large number of vegetarian and vegan items on the menu, and everything we had was excellent.
From there we walked a few blocks to the meditation gardens at the Self-Realization Fellowship. Encinitas is known as the "Flower Capital of the World" because of its extensive collection of unique nurseries and gardens, and is also the world's leading grower of poinsettias.
What a beautiful, peaceful place.
And I got to pet a cat.
Lovely koi ponds.
Hope they aren’t lunch for the cat.
The flowers were just gorgeous.
As were the views of the Pacific.
After seeing the coast from above, we walked another couple of blocks to a park with access to the beach down a steep set of stairs. That’s Jim at the top responding to a text message.
View from the stairs.
We spotted these two guys working on shoring up the bluffs. It looked like tedious work having to do it while hanging on a harness.
I heard a man telling his two young grandsons that when he was a teenager they would come and go to the beach on this set of now closed old stairs.
A little glimpse of some high dollar real estate on top of the bluffs.
Except for some traffic slowdowns on the way home, as by the time we left it was nearing rush hour, it was a very pleasant day. We really liked what we saw of Encinitas and would like to go back and spend more time there.