We interrupted our usual travel plans at the request of our son, David and his family, in order to help them settle into their new home in the Alpine suburb of San Diego. Of, course it was our pleasure to do so. In keeping with our other blog postings, we present some trivia about this visit;
SAN DIEGO: Founded in 1769, the city was named after Saint Didacus of Alcala, and is now the eigth largest city in the United States. It is known for its mild year round climate and natural deep water harbor. Historically, this area was home to the Kumeyaay Native American people. Juan Rodriquez Cabrillo was the first European to land here in 1542. However, the first European settlement, the Mission San Diego Acala, was not established until 1769. By 1820, it was part of Mexico, but was eventually ceded to the United States following the Mexican-American War.
ALPINE; Situated within the Cuyamaca mountain range, this originally was the home of the Kumeyaay people (who had lived in this area as far back as 12,000 years ago). Alpine, as a city, was founded in the 1880's. Surrounded by the Cleveland National Forest, Alpine borders two reservations of the Kumeyaay nations; i.e. Viejas and Sycuam. Horse ranches and small farms can now be found throughout the area.'