The Public Market

Before California’s governor shut down businesses, organizations, schools, and other establishments under the guise of combating SARS-CoV-2 (severe acute respiratory syndrome Coronavirus 2)/COVID-19, my wife and I frequently visited Liberty Station in San Diego’s Point Loma neighborhood. The former Naval Training Center offers great space to walk around; I relished the green outdoor area with dirt paths, flanked by buildings of intriguing architectural style.

Nearly 30 months after the first of several “stay-at-home” orders and about a half-year since the last meaningfully oppressive mandates, we have yet to resume some pre-pandemic habits—like Liberty Station, which visit was so long ago that I can’t recall when.

So on this fine Friday, during a monsoonal heatwave, we reach into the past and the Public Market located in the Station’s Art district. I used iPhone 6s Plus to capture the Featured Image on April 10, 2016. Vitals: f/2.2, ISO 64, 1/30 sec, 29mm; 3:47 p.m. PDT. Thirteen days later, during a return trip, I bought, photographed, and wrote about the Whoopie Pie—Maine’s official state treat.

I shudder to think what take-out food costs now, during these early recessionary days.