Sebastián Vizcaíno, Spanish Explorer 1602

Surf was up! It was a beautiful sunny day in San Diego, on November 10, 1602, as Spanish explorer Sebastián Vizcaíno (1548 – 1624) sailed through the waves into the gorgeous bay.  Vizcaíno was an accomplished globetrotter, and traveled to Europe, the Philippines, Japan, Mexico and South America — an impressive record in the early 17th century.   On that trip through San Diego and up the California Coast, he also named (and in some cases renamed) prominent geographical features, including Point Lobos, Sierra Point, Monterey Bay, and Carmel Valley.  An observant voyager, he noted ecological wonders such as the wind-swept cypress trees at Monterey Bay, some of which have stood quietly watching human travelers for 2,000 years. (Image by Avalon Travel.)