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Beach Tableau: Kite and Kelp, Stones and Sea Foam

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December 26th, 2014.  San Diego, California.  A spectacular winter day in southern California.  Recent rains have scrubbed the sky and land clean, and the afternoon sunshine glazes everything with a bright, clear, yellow light.  Seeking fresh ocean breezes, we pack up the kids and head to a local beach.  Some moments from a few hours at at Torrey Pines.

The beaches in North County don't have as much sand over the winter, and instead are covered with beautiful smooth stones of all colors and sizes.  The waves make a wonderful shhhshing sound as they pull back and roll the rocks with them.

The beaches in North County don’t have as much sand over the winter, and instead are covered with beautiful smooth stones of all colors and sizes. The waves make a wonderful shhhshing sound as they pull back and roll the rocks with them.

Emma always brings a bag to the beach to collect stones and shells.  We are never disappointed with the discoveries we make.

Emma always brings a bag to the beach to collect stones and shells. We are never disappointed with the discoveries we make.

Sam found a clear stone the size of a small egg, Emma found a piece of green sea glass.

Sam found a clear stone the size of a small egg, Emma found a piece of green sea glass.

Sea foam left by the ocean waves collects on rocks, where it slowly dissolves, or is washed away by the next wave.

Sea foam left by the ocean waves collects on rocks, where it slowly dissolves, or is washed away by the next wave.

Sam takes a break from hunting to fly his kite.

Sam takes a break from hunting to fly his kite.

Kite is waggling in the sky, in front of the coast highway bridge.

Kite is waggling in the sky, in front of the coast highway bridge.

Not too much kelp on the beach, but a few of the small leaf floats were artfully arranged on the sand and rocks.  Below is a large piece of kelp, the squiggly structure in the front is the hold fast, which the kelp uses to anchor itself to the ocean floor.

Not too much kelp on the beach, but a few of the small leaf floats were artfully arranged on the sand and rocks. Bottom right is a large piece of kelp; the squiggly structure in the front is the hold fast, which the kelp uses to anchor itself to the ocean floor.

Emma's foot prints in the sand.  The sand on the northern beaches has a fair bit of black mixed in, which makes for beautiful swirling patterns.

Emma’s foot prints in the sand. The sand on the northern beaches has a fair bit of black mixed in, which makes for beautiful swirling patterns.

Heading home.  A quality afternoon's endeavor.

Heading home after a quality afternoon endeavor.

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Two Days in Laguna Beach

Near sunset, from the pool deck, sunlight sparkling on the water

Near sunset, from the pool deck, sunlight sparkling on the water.

Spent a few nights up in Laguna Beach with the husband.  He is the travel planner, he found a little inn right on PCH.  Walked the neighborhoods and a few beaches, hung out at the pool, found a bookstore and bought a book, got some good cheese and olives.  They served a fancy breakfast at the inn.  I had lemon waffles and about 4 cups of coffee.  It was very quiet, which is nice when you have screaming kids.  Some pics below…double click on them to enlarge so you don’t miss out on all the great details.

Lovely neighborhoods, it reminded me a bit of the town in the Studio Ghibli movie "Kiki's Delivery Service".

Lovely neighborhoods, reminded me a bit of the town in the Studio Ghibli movie “Kiki’s Delivery Service.”  Though I don’t know how they would react to a girl riding her broomstick through town, since you can’t even ride a motorcycle! (see parking meters above)

This beach was a across the PCH, though we had to walk a ways to get to a crossing place.  Stunning beach, more like what you find in Northern CA than SoCal.

This beach was just across the PCH from where we were staying, though we had to walk a ways to get to the tunnel that goes under the highway. Stunning beach, more like what you find in Northern CA than So Cal.  Andrew on pathway down to the beach, Vikings fan weather vane, bikini girl getting photos taken by fake medieval tower.

Lots of California scenery.  Surfers waiting for a wave, two young women laid out on a rock like sushi, yoga guy doing his thing on a crowded family beach, guy with Davey Crockett fringed leather backpack.

Lots of California scenery. Surfers waiting for a wave, two young women laid out on a rock like sushi (lower right), yoga guy doing his thing on a crowded family beach, guy with Davey Crockett fringed leather backpack.

The Casa Laguna Inn and Spa.  Very pretty place, lots of flowers, fountains, warm colors, comfortable nooks.

The inn was a very pretty place; lots of flowers, fountains, warm colors, and comfortable nooks.

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