My trip around southern CA islands
Friday, May 16, 2014
Being a gal from the mountain I can say before this trip I had been to the beach a handful of times alone an ocean. Once in Florida, along I was with a friend at a conference. We had a free day and went with her sister/brother in law cruising up and down. We stopped at Daytona Beach for about 15 minutes. We visited one little shop along there to buy something to take home. We ate at a Village Inn. I am not opposed to any of those but really wanted to do something on my own, like go to Disney World, but she felt so bad for me. It was the only time I'd ever been to Florida and for her sake gave in but would rather have gone to Disney World by myself. By the way I do wonderful by myself and also enjoy friends. She had more trouble with me being alone than I did.
So anyway, I'm digressing. Along the Pacific beach, I went to San Francisco for a day with my brother and his family and we went to the pier there and I had an absolute wonderful time. I am also in love with Ross Dress for Less and so are they and we went to a 3-- story Ross so I was in heaven between that and the seals and the water, etc. On the way home (I drove from New Mexico to Sacramento by myself just fine thank you) I took a day and drove along the ocean on old Highway 1 to San Luis Obispo before cutting off. I stopped so many times I can't even count them to take pics or visit a place, like the Monterey pier. I wished so much I had more time than that day to see so much more. It was just so beautiful to me. I find the mountain and the beach both fill an inner need in me, especially if I'm alone or almost alone there.
I think that was it before this trip. Its also been so awesome visiting my friend and her husband. She keeps me busy too! So her husband's family has a beach house and cabana that they first bought during the late 1920's. It was $1000 for the land, nothing much was around, and Tom's grandfather was laughed at my his brother for doing it. Then the grandfather bought a kit to put together a prefab house that included everything, including the furniture at that time, and he gradually got all it put together for a getaway. Then in 1933 the Depression hit and property was worth about 40% less. He managed to scape together somehow the money for the lot next door, for $600. He build eventually a cabana on it. There is also a garage used to store things much more than for a car. And the whole area is built up, land goes for much much more, and many of the old houses have been torn down and new ones built on the property. The land is what is really worth so much. They still have the old original house/cabana with some improvements done but basically the same places. The grandfather is long since gone and the various parts of the family share it and have a schedule when who will use it. We had it last Friday until yesterday morning (Thurs) when we came back. It was heaven and early morning I loved to walk barefoot down along the beach and listen to the waves breaking. Each day they got a little harder with the first day very gentle and yesterday somewhat wilder. First day also had a couple of different people walking their animals at 6 am (when the beach opened there). Yesterday had about 30 or 40 people between 6 and about 7 in this one short stretch of beach rush past me in wetsuits to jump in and wait for waves now bigger to wash over them and for them to fight the waves.
On Sunday we took a cruise around the harbor from the harbor of famous and rich people homes, or homes previously owned by them. Included a lot including one of the head honchos at Yahoo, at one time John Wayne (the Duke), Betty White, Roy Rogers and Dale Evans, and others that are either gone or just don't have property there anymore. Along with history of the places. There were a whole lot of them but these are a few that popped quickly into my mind. It was a 90 minute cruise and I loved every minute. On one side of Balboa Island, along the Newport Beach area, is the harbor with wither a short car ferry ride or a drive over a bridge certain times jammed. One the other side of the small island is the Pacific Ocean. So beautiful!
On Monday we took an hour-long bigger boat ride to Catalina Island.. It gets there around 10 am and returns abound 4:30 pm. Some go for the day or some take suitcases and stuff to stay for a few days or longer. Many homes, businesses, hotels, and lots of things to do there. Bigger than the one we were on so there are land as well as sea tours, Segway tours, bus tours, toms of different things to do, ec. There are also some mountain ranges that can be climbed up an/or camped on.- We took a bus tour up a very winding narrow road to the Airport in the Sky, a tiny airport build way up on top a mountain that is working. It is also considered one of the most difficult to land in because of risk if you aren't paying attention to coming down the runway to land and crashing into the building. We were up there for 1/2 an hour. It has a souvenir shop, a small exhibit, and a snack bar. The whole round trip, including the time there, was 2 hours 15 mminutes and worth it all. We also saw a zip line for commercial use on the way and lots of other things. We were on a bus built I think the driver said in the 60s but very solid and well maintained. Some corners she has to take extremely slowly to get around or stop and back up at some to make it because they were so tight. Lots of hairpin turns I like that a lot though and it was fun. And we could often see the sea at the bottom of the mountain too. We saw a bison as well as a fox. The whole thing was just so awesome!
I'll try to post picture if I get time and don't get too tired. Yesterday we also went to a college here and met a woman over part of the brain injury program due to different causes to help me see what they do and what other program might be available in the Dallas/Fort Worth area when I go back. She said I'm so willing to learn and have a lot of characteristic that make me a perfect subject for student study the science or studying therapy technique etc to work with. That really made me feel good. And I have some great resources too!
So hopefully later today or tomorrow I will get a chance to post picture. And on Tuesday we go to Kauai on Hawaii to a condo they are part owners in for slightly over a week! I can't wait!