Saturday, November 11, 2006

Santa Monica Beach

We decided yesterday to get up early and get moving! So we did and headed out toward Los Angeles. Denise wanted to run by the Lego store and from there we figured we would head to Pacific Coast Highway and find some beach to sit upon. Other than we got a bit lost driving through Los Angeles (again) we made pretty good time and arrived at the beach maybe a hour before the sun went down. It was a LONG walk across the beach to get to the ocean but everyone made it, including Deanna, and EVERYONE was VERY excited to be there. All the kids were pinging pretty good and bouncing around. We had to move back a couple of times because the tide was coming in and encroaching on our designated spot. Both Devin and Desirae ended up getting overtaken by the waves. The weather was pretty nice and the water wasn't too cold so no one was worse for wear.

Once we moved back from the water everyone started looking for shells and rocks within the sand. Devin REALLY got into this and was searching every inch of sand he could. Meanwhile Desirae was bouncing around like she was going 100 mph. Once the sun started setting we started walking back to the car though everyone stopped to watch the sun finally go down. From there the temperature started dropping rather quickly so we made short time to get back to the van, change clothes, and get back on the road.

Getting back on the road was a bit more complicated than we expected. First we could not get across the road on PCH so we ended up going backward, up over the bluff, and then back down. The next problem was we took Topanga Canyon road, which I am sure is a nice road during the day, back and it was DARK DARK DARK. Not run to drive an unfamiliar road in the dark. That wasn't too bad though once we dropped back into town and in more familiar surroundings.

All it all it was a pretty neat time and a fun day! On the way back it only took us a bit over two hours to get home, so it really isn't too far to go for a day trip. You can find more pictures here!


At Sunday, 12 November, 2006, Blogger Donna Rae said...

Sounds like a really fun day and
great pictures!

At Sunday, 12 November, 2006, Blogger Brad said...

Duane, grat work with the pictures. I really liked the ones where the sun came out while low near the horizon and behind the kids (roughly 25-30 on smugmug). And I really liked number 40 of Denise standing with her arms crossed.

I am really jealous that you live so close to the ocean and the beach. And the weather being so nice (Here I broke out my thermal underwear this weekend just because I don't like sitting still and being cold). I wish that I could learn to love the ocean. Enjoy it.

At Monday, 13 November, 2006, Anonymous Mom said...

Loved the pictures, especially the one of Deanna by herself. Everything is so new and wonderful.


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