Instead of the 9-week adventure of last summer, this year we decided that for the first part of summer we would head to the near-by beaches now and then, to escape the heat of Palm Springs.
Early June was a bit of a stutter-start for summer get-aways. We were set to go to Santa Barbara, but there was this mega oil spill that closed the beach. Scratch that. Instead, we found a cabin at Bass Lake (just south of Yosemite) and also made plans to meet up with our friends Lori and Bruce Howard who run the best BnB in the Yosemite area. I reached out to one of the fishing captains to make arrangements with him, and learned the lake was so low due to the CA draught that maybe we should reconsider. Scratch.
Slow start to the summer get-away plans.
But, finally, we’re on a roll.
Santa Monica. Mid-June.
We always enjoy being in Santa Monica. We have some friends there. Our son Brad met up with us for Father’s Day and his birthday celebration at The Ivy. We had a lovely, quiet day at the beach with 50,000 + best friends, and took a drive up to Malibu to find some quieter space.
SUNDAY AT SANTA MONICA BEACH
Santa Monica BeachWeekend at the Santa Monica CA beach. Plan to share it with lots of people!
Down Time At MalibuSometimes you can find a quiet place at Malibu beach.
Huntington Beach. July 4th week.
What would 4th of July be without a visit to Huntington Beach, with the added plus of spending time with friends from Denver who have a condo there and were in town for the week. According to the official Visitor’s Center Info, Huntington Beach has the longest July 4th Parade anywhere west of the Mississippi. I’m not going to dispute this. We walked/watched for over 2 hours and decided that was enough parade for us. It was still going strong! Late night - good fireworks show over the pier.
I think our favorite part of Huntington Beach is the bike trail. Most every day we did a bike ride down to Newport, or up to Seal Beach for breakfast (10 miles@). We spent some time doing photography at the Bolsa Chica Conservancy (LOTS of birds), and also when biking through HB Central Park and Gardens.
Maybe someday we’ll give a go at surfing. Huntington Beach - Surf Town USA. It looks like a lot of fun, but then I remember that you have to get into the 65-deg salty ocean to play at this sport. Even with a wet suit, I pass.
SURF CITY USA
Surfers Waiting and Waiting
HUNTINGTON BEACH SUNSET
Huntington Beach at Sunset
Mid-July, 110+ in the desert. Time to go.
Carlsbad and Oceanside are quiet beach villages about a 2 hour drive from Palm Springs. This was mostly a beach and golf week for us. It also gets us close enough to San Diego for my cousin to come join us for a visit. Nice.
NORTH OCEANSIDE BEACH - PHOTO TAKEN FROM THE PIER
Oceanside Beach PainterlyPhoto-art of Oceanside Beach taken from the Pier. Lots families and friends having a fun weekend at the beach.
A LOVELY BEACH COTTAGE - OCEANSIDE
A Little Beach CottageA little beach cottage that is a perfect postcard.
LOOKING THROUGH A FENCE AT THE "COASTER" TRACKS - A TRAIN THAT RUNS BETWEEN SAN DIEGO AND OCEANSIDE.
Oceanside Coaster Train TracksTrain tracks through a fence - wondering when it comes, and where it goes.
THE PHOTOGRAPHS BELOW ARE FROM VARIOUS BIRD CONSERVANCIES, GARDENS,
AND DISCOVERIES WHILE HIKING OR BIKING.
Yellow-Footed Heron HeronThis heron is stretched out ready to punch on his next meal.
Solitary SandpiperSolitary Sandpiper at Bolsa Chica Conservancy, Huntington Beach CA. Western Tiger Swallowtail ButterflyMacro of a Western Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly. Strawberry Tree FruitsThis is a beautiful cluster of the fruits of a strawberry tree,
WE ARE ABOUT TO START A 3-WEEK ADVENTURE THROUGH UTAH, COLORADO, AND ARIZONA.
Golf Bags/ check.
Hiking and Fishing Gear. check.
Good to go.
PhotographerMe taking a shot of me? Maybe. best, b.