We met for lunch was at Betty’s Pie Whole, memorable not only for its name but for its savory and sweet pies. Yum!
After lunch, we visited the gardens of the Self-Realization Center. The center is the site of the Self-Realization Fellowship Temple, a branch of Self-Realization Fellowship, described on their website as “a worldwide religious organization founded by Paramahansa Yogananda in 1920 to teach scientific techniques of meditation that will lead to a direct, personal relationship with God”.
What makes the gardens even more spectacular is their location – perched high above a beautiful beach named Swami’s, a popular surfing spot. The water sparkled on this clear, crisp day as we watched the surfers, but we could see a marine layer in the distance.
We left the gardens heading to another viewpoint to continue watching the surfers. In minutes the marine layer crept towards us, and the ocean and the surfers disappeared from sight. The blanket of moisture made it suddenly chilly, so we left the water’s edge for a walk in town.
The town of Encinitas has a great beach town vibe, interesting architecture and lots of shops and restaurants.
We happened upon the Seaside Bazaar, which on this Sunday after Valentine’s Day had a Love Fest, “celebrating love, art, culture and music”.
Of course we couldn’t resist a Love Fest. A band was wrapping up the day with some fun Reggae/Latin sounds and much joyous dancing.