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National California Day

It has come to my attention that today is National California Day, so I thought I would share that information with my readers.

Also, to celebrate, I’m sharing a blog post from 2012. We had just returned from a trip to California with our friends, Bev and Bill.

The beaches of California are so very different from ours here in Virginia and on the nearby Outer Banks of North Carolina. California beaches have high cliffs and rocks. Big rocks. Although January isn’t exactly beach weather, we visited several California beaches during our trip.

We turned off Coast Highway onto a street in Laguna Beach and found this amazing view.

And this is one of my favorite pictures from our trip: Bev and Bill, sharing a playful moment ON the beach at Laguna.

One day we drove to Venice Beach, where another of my favorite photos was taken. I told Bev I’d take a picture of her with a wave crashing against the rocks in the background. Oops, that was just a little too close for comfort.

Later in the week, we drove further north to Ventura Beach.

And Bev took one of my favorite pictures of Motor Man and me.

This sunset photo was taken in Newport Beach.

And another favorite picture of Motor Man and me just outside a cave there by the ocean.

This next photo is yet another favorite. It was taken of Bev at sunset at Crystal Cove on our last evening in California.  Wonder what she was thinking…

We had a great time visiting California, but our home state, of course, is Virginia. So I researched and learned that National Virginia Day is September 14.

We will definitely celebrate.

~These Days Of Mine~

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Beaches And Favorites

Hope you aren’t tiring yet of California pictures, since I’m sharing more today.

The beaches of California are so very different from ours here in Virginia and on the nearby Outer Banks of North Carolina. California beaches have high cliffs and rocks. Big rocks. Although January isn’t exactly beach weather, we visited several California beaches during our trip.

We turned off Coast Highway onto a street in Laguna Beach and found this amazing view.

And this is one of my favorite pictures from our trip. It’s our friends, Bev and Bill, sharing a playful moment ON the beach at Laguna.

One day we drove to Venice Beach, where another of my favorite photos was taken. I told Bev I’d take a picture of her with a wave crashing against the rocks in the background. Oops, that was just a little too close for comfort.

Later in the week, we drove further north to Ventura Beach.

And Bev took one of my favorite pictures of Motor Man and me.

You’ve probably noticed that I haven’t shared any sunset photos yet. I’ve got quite a few of those that I’m saving for Sunset Sundays. But here’s a tease. This one was taken in Newport Beach.

And another favorite picture of Motor Man and me just outside a cave there by the ocean.

This next photo is also a favorite. It was taken of Bev at sunset at Crystal Cove on our last evening in California.  Wonder what she was thinking…

Santa Catalina

One of my readers commented on Monday’s post and asked if we went to Catalina during our California trip.

Oh, yes indeed.  If you’re in the area, you must visit Catalina. Today, I’ll share a little information about the island, along with some pictures from our day there, but this link will give you more.

Catalina is about 22 miles off the coast of California, and can be reached by boat or by helicopter. We chose to go by boat. Upon arriving, this is your first view of the island. The white building to the right is known as the Casino, built in 1929, but it’s used as a theater and ballroom and can be rented for special events; no gambling.

The seaside town on Catalina is Avalon. About 3500 people live there, and golf carts are the preferred method of travel, because the number of vehicles allowed on the island is limited. The remainder of Catalina Island is left in its natural state.

There are many shops in Avalon, so my friend, Bev and I did a lot of shopping.  Our husbands did a lot of waiting for us. The four of us took a bus tour, then rented a golf cart and did a bit of touring on our own. We had a delicious al fresco lunch, more shopping, and later, ice cream.

We found Desconso Beach, right there in Avalon. No, we didn’t get a “massage by the sea”.

This is one of the most beautiful views on the island.

We spent the entire day on Catalina, and the harbor was even more beautiful as sunset approached.

Two words: golden hour.

“Our” boat, the Catalina Express, arriving to take us back to the mainland.

Good night, Catalina.