After nineteen days in Encinitas, California, I still find myself walking the streets with a skip in my step, a smile on my face and a song in my heart. Walk along with me and I’ll show you the sights!
If I leave my front door and hang a left, walking north toward C Street, here’s the view of the ocean I have from the end of the block.
If I walk back up C Street for two blocks and take a right on Third Street to go toward home, here’s what I see looking south toward D Street.
Take a right at the end of the block onto D Street, walk two more blocks and you’re at the ocean! Here is the “D Street Viewpoint” followed by five more photos from that vantage point taken in mid-afternoon and late afternoon.
By taking a left on D Street instead of a right and walking two blocks away from the ocean, you’ll find yourself on “Main Street,” which is actually S. Coast Highway 101. I live only two blocks away from The Roxy, the restaurant I’ve headed to during my four previous trips to Encinitas over the last decade.
Cruising down S. Coast Highway 101, you come to the Lotus Cafe just past G Street in a beautiful multi-block complex called The Lumberyard. It’s my favorite restaurant in town. I had the pleasure of sharing a bus ride to Los Angeles and back with Carl and Johanna, the very kind and friendly owners of the Lotus.
Take a right on H Street away from the Lotus Cafe, go one block to Second Street, take a left and you’ll be at my favorite spot in town: The Self-Realization Fellowship Temple, where I had an incredible experience on my first visit to Encinitas in 2000. It makes perfect sense that Paramahansa Yogananda, who founded SRF in 1920, spent so much time in Encinitas from 1937 to 1948. After all, “Encinitas” is an anagram for “nice saint!”
Walk two-and-a-half more blocks and you come to the jewel of Encinitas, the Self-Realization Fellowship Meditation Gardens, a peaceful and lovely location to relax, enjoy the flowers, koi ponds and ocean, and reflect or meditate.
Walk back to the S. Coast Highway 101 a block away, cross the street and you’ll find yourself at Swami’s Cafe, my other favorite restaurant during my previous visits here.
Walk another block or so south on S. Coast Highway 101, climb up the hill, cross the railroad tracks and you’ll have a majestic view of the ocean and the Self-Realization Fellowship ashram grounds that house the Meditation Gardens.
BONUS: Here’s a ninety-second video of the above-mentioned majestic view. I shot it after spending the summer in Minnesota and then returning in mid-August to Encinitas, where I rented a room at a new address. I thought a video would better convey the beauty of this panorama in paradise!
Cross back over the railroad tracks, down the hill, across S. Coast Highway 101 and back toward the Meditation Gardens. Follow the road as it curves up a hill and to the right, and you’ll find yourself on Third Street heading back toward my house six blocks away. Halfway there, however, you’ll come upon another landmark: the S.S. Encinitas and the S.S. Moonlight! Click here for more information about these unique boathouses.
I hope you enjoyed this guided tour of my new life in Encinitas. Thanks for tagging along!
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