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Where to See Sunny Jim: About San Diego

He's within walking distance from La Jolla Cove but it takes an effort and more than a few minutes to spot him

By Ken Kramer
|  Sunday, Feb 26, 2012  |  Updated 3:51 PM PDT
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Sunny Jim's Cave

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Ken Kramer takes you to the place where you can see Sunny Jim.

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Sunny Jim's Cave

We visit "Sunny Jim's Cave" in La Jolla, to see Sunny himself.
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Have you ever seen Sunny Jim?

He's within walking distance from La Jolla Cove but it takes an effort and more than a few minutes to spot him.

You have to go down a long staircase into the ground below, even after it starts getting wet and drippy, 144 steps in all.

But if you want to see Sunny Jim, it's the only way without taking a dip in the ocean.

Starting back in 1903, Sunny Jim was a tourist attraction.

The idea of Gustav Schultz, an artist and art collector who hired two laborers who tunneled down and put in all the steps to the cave that for 200,000 the years, the ocean had carved out of a cliff.

The closer you get, you can hear the ocean is at it still.

There, at the end, you'll see it - the opening in the cave that appears a little like the shape of a head.

In the 1920’s it looked like the mascot on Sunny Jim wheat cereal boxes.

No one remembers that today but see the outline of a head down in La Jolla cave.

Don’t forget the climb back up.

But it’s worth it to see an old story About San Diego.

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