monday. home. coffee. toast. looking over my photos from our week by the mighty pacific.
plotting ways to get to the beach on a more regular basis. thoughts: buy a trailer, pitch a tent, find a dirt cheap rental. because i need to go for more beach walks and i am not fond of LA beaches. although i suppose if i were more open-minded in that regard i could make-do. LA beaches, and by that i mean as far south as redondo and as far north as zuma, were the stomping grounds of my 20’s and 30’s.
these days i prefer the quieter, rock strewn, wilder beaches further north.
once i started driving getaway cars, my inner sea compass pulled me away from southern california to central coast beaches, until my favored beaches became carpinteria & santa barbara area beaches. i remain deeply fond of the monterey peninsula, but it’s a day’s drive so un-practical for quicky beach fixes.
the last couple of years find me plotting how to settle in the carpinteria/santa barbara area in the next 8-10 years. permanently.
or at least living up there 6 months a year. moss cottage summer/fall. carpinteria winter/spring. ideas ideas ideas are doing their lovely work inside my head.
i must walk daily on those powdery sand beaches, catalogue shore birds & kelp, collect white bits of shell and rock, wet my feet in seafoam.
i could be very content in one of these beachy trailers for 6 months. or forever.
this jumbo english cottage sits on hammond’s beach. if i lived here the data center in my brain would be performing hourly rising sea level and storm surge calculations. most unrestful.
you arrive here via a hidden trail off eucalyptus lane in montecito that is utterly charming. i command you to go forth and find it! or not.
another day i found this bike path above gorgeous butterfly beach. i came upon this mystery estate when i parked on fairway road and made my way down the curving trail which winds around this property.
don’t think for an instant that i didn’t notice the footholds on the columns. my
steadfast moral code unwieldy size kept me on this side of the gate.
you can see the channel drive bike path trail in the satellite image below. i twisted my neck this way and that trying to see into this estate. the photo i have up top of a rosy sky and palms was taken along this path.
i think this is loon point beach below.
so many beaches for sunrise & sunset strolls.
some mornings dottie & i rolled out of our warm beds before the sun rose and headed for the beach. the brisk air woke us up.
sunrise sunset. my favorite times for walking.
that’s miramar beach in the distance and eucalyptus lane beach getting ready to turn into hammond’s beach.
then ritzy butterfly beach beyond that. next time i want to start at east beach during low tide and trek over here. my head is full of ideas. all involving beach strolls and beach living and hidden beach paths.
where are you? what are you doing? i insist that you tell me!