Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Traveling Through Camp Pendleton Marine Base

There's a stretch of the 5 Freeway in Southern California that cuts right through the Camp Pendleton Marine Base. The Base is more than 120,000 acres of prime pacific coast land and dates back to 1942, long before the CA real estate boom. I can't even imagine what all this beach-front property would be worth today, but it boggles the mind. Most people traveling between Orange County to the north and San Diego to the south are in a big hurry and trying to get from point A to point B as quickly as possible. But if you travel that stretch, it's well worth a little sight seeing.  I was heading south for a business meeting last week and I exited Las Pulgas Road in the heart of Camp Pendleton. The Marines where doing some kind of major maneuver. There were tents, Humvees, helicopters, and guns everywhere!

A fun photo op, and all those people whizzing by on the 5 were missing out! An hour or so later, I was down on Coronado Island for my meeting (I'll post those photos in a couple days). Hope your week is going well, and thanks for stopping by!


  1. Yep, sometimes you have to stop and take a look at what is going on around you. Great images.

  2. Very nice images. Appreciated seeing the signs in your photos!

  3. Neat! Helicopters are exciting to see and hear.

  4. Oh, man! I'm so envious! Whenever we drive by, NOTHING is going on...dang it! Hubby actually was there, as a 17 year old kid, a "Devil Dog"...he remembers running up and down hills and down to the ocean with a 50 pound pack! Ahhh...those were the days!
    ~Cheryl Ann~

  5. Glad you had time to do some sightseeing and knew the right "long-cut" road to take. That's our favorite way to travel ... always take the scenic route. Very interesting.

  6. I have to say I'm a little surprise that you were not challenged in any way about tailing these images - photography is not always popular in places like these.

    Interesting post.

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne