California Dreamin’ on a Winter Day: an in-depth photo safari in Dana Pt CA

We’ve all heard of the beauty of Southern California.  It has not at all been exaggerated.

I’ve had the best time living it for the last three weeks.  The 10 days in the Long Beach then the LA areas and the last 10 days south of that in the Capistrano area.

This coast line area has seen a lot of action for the last 300 yrs plus.  Pirates, explorers, missionaries, developers, surfers and the list goes on.

This set of photos is from 2 days ago when I jumped on a public bus and got off in the vicinity of Dana Point Harbor.

side note:  Dana Point was named after R H Dana who wrote Two Years Before the Mast

A seafaring tale.  Evidently quite famous.  My dad had heard of him.  I hadn’t.  You’ll see a big statue of him in the pictures.  You’ll also see pictures of murals depicting how “back in the day” the rancheros tossed hides and other trade items off the cliffs here to the waiting ships below.  The same cliffs you’ll see now conveniently have lots of stairway options.

It was about a 3 mile bus ride. If you read another post I did you saw that I had the bus virtually to myself.  Pretty amazing considering how congested traffic is here on the highways.

I spent the next eight hours deeply exploring the area.  Meeting people. Of course I had to peer into the surf shop right across from Doheny Beach since a local the other day (who definitely appeared not only old enough to remember but also to have lived it) told me that this is the true birth place of “long boarding”.  I was also checking out the parks.  Wandering the docks. Admiring the flora and the fauna. Reading all the plaques and walking every trail I could find.  Asking endless questions.  (I am definitely the curious type) Watching the surfers and skateboarders. Reflecting on wonderful reality of beautiful public spaces where everyone can come together and enjoy.

Young and Old  Rich and Poor

I even tried to make it around a rocky peninsula jutting out into the Pacific towards Catalina Island but finally gave up.  The steep winding coastal road up to the top of the bluff over the harbor led me to a nature interpretive center. From there I found my way down to the beach beyond the rocky point and eventually down a long beachfront sidewalk all the way back to the condo where I’m staying at the moment with my in-laws (they’re from Montana but are here house sitting).

I hope this is enough of a description for you to be able to sense where I was in the various pictures I took.

By the time I got back I was nothing but a blob of pure exhaustion and total satisfaction.

It was a glorious day of discovery and learning.  I hope you enjoy what I was able to capture.

Please feel free to ask questions 🙂

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