Our drive to La Jolla, just north of San Diego, was meant to be nothing more than a few minutes by the ocean and a drive up Mount Soledad.
We were fortunate to find a parking spot near the park near Children's Beach. The walkway along the beach took us past artists
Children's Beach, or "Casa Beach," is a small cove beach created years ago for the children to experience the beach in an enclosed section. What became a safe-haven for children also became a natural attraction to seals.
"The proximity of visitors often alarms a seal colony. If the seals go into the water for safety, their important resting time is disrupted and pups can become separated from their mothers. Eventually, chronic disturbance and its resulting flushing of the seals may result in a reduced birth rate and even abandonment of the haul-out sites (shoreline areas where the seals, on a regular basis, haul-out of the water and rest) altogether.
"This is disputed by those that wish to see a protected area for the seals who state that nearby rocky haul-outs are subject to large surf during pupping and nursing season. ‘Joint use’ of the beach is considered tantamount to forcing the seals to leave the area by the ‘shared use’ group" (farallones.org/e_newsletter/2006-04/LaJollaSeals).
It was installed in 1954, and from 1954 to 1989 it was described as the "Mt. Soledad Easter Cross" after which the name of the legal location on the map was changed to the "Mt. Soledad Memorial."
In the January 2011 ruling, Justice M. Margaret McKeown wrote, "By claiming to honor all service members with a symbol that is intrinsically connected to a particular religion, the government sends an implicit message to nonadherents that they are outsiders, not full members of the political community, and an accompanying message to adherents that they are insiders, favored members of the political community."
(Read more at christianpost.com/news/aclu-wants-veterans-group-out-of-calif-war-memorial-cross-case-83634/#QtGkf8rRF54XlO5T.99)