Hiking Sky High With the Dead in San Diego, California
It’s easy to understand why Point Loma was a strategic honeypot for the military. As a hilly peninsula that sweeps between the Pacific Ocean and the San Diego Bay, the eastside offers bird’s-eye views of downtown, and the west-side cliffs crumble down to tidepools protecting an amazing variety of marine life. Miles of trail are begging to be hiked; time your trip carefully, and you can watch the re-enactment of Spaniard Juan Cabrillo’s epic west coast landing. With lungs full of fresh air, boots salty-damp, and a heart enamored by the city skyline, I stopped to pay respects at Fort Rosencrans National Cemetery. White tombstones lined up like perfect little soldiers, I couldn’t help but think that every fallen military member deserved such a view—the relentless crash of waves singing to their spirits, the soaring of jets overhead.