Entries from July 2013
Wednesday, July 31, 2013
Tuesday, July 30, 2013
Monday, July 29, 2013
Friday, July 26, 2013
Friday, July 26, 2013
A week after my return from my Golden Coast trip I decided I needed a little hint of a vacation again. I got back in my car and drove north to visit a couple beaches I had left out on my way back. I started at El Matador State beach, took some pictures, sat on a staircase to nowhere and watched people try to navigate the waves. After getting my shoes thoroughly wet and then my feet thoroughly sandy I traveled on down to Zuma beach. There was one particular building I wanted to capture, maybe not even the whole building, just the sign. When I had seen it the first time the week before I hadn’t stopped to take a picture, but this time I did, and even though there were people milling around, I still got exactly what I wanted, maybe even more. I mean, an umbrella, the food sign AND birds perched in a row? So good.
After a few snaps at Zuma I headed a little farther south to Santa Monica Pier. I love this place, well, I like it a lot. Mostly because there is a ferris wheel. Here’s the deal though, you can’t ride it alone, and the seating arrangement with the staff wasn’t conducive to many pictures that I wanted. But I guess I just have a reason to go back in the future, with a friend… or maybe more than a friend? (Wiggling eyebrows implied) Despite my semi awkward joy ride on the ferris wheel, I did get in a dinner session at Pier Burger, definitely one of my most favorite hamburger places ever.
After I left the beaches I drove south and found myself at the Irvine Spectrum, a place I can’t help but stop at just about every time I find myself headed to the Los Angeles area. There’s just this pull. It also has a ferris wheel, so maybe that’s it. I spent a good hour or two browsing books at Barnes and Noble, eventually settling on Escape from Cubicle Nation, Vagabonding and Beyond Snapshots. I also picked up a new journal, ready and glorious for when I get through my current one.
It was a great one day mini vacation. I came back home inspired with my bag full of knowledge and my camera full of pictures. Not a bad way to spend a day off.