Friday, April 21, 2017

March 18, 2017 Spending the Day at Crystal Cove State Park

We are in California for my mom's 70th birthday party tonight. So Chrissy, Jeff and I decided to spend the day at Crystal Cove State Park.

We headed down to the beach then walked south to the historic district.

Jonathan Livingston looking for food.

I love the ocean and spending time walking on the beach.

A talented and patient person left some artwork on the beach.

It's impressive that this stayed upright for who knows how long.

The first part of the historic district that we saw was fenced off. These buildings have not been rehabbed yet.
But the flowers have taken over the land.

I had to shoot through the fence. Some houses look worse than others.

At least the overgrowth is colorful.

I can see the potential in fixing these up to use as rentals right on the beach.

Someone built this sand castle on the beach

We arrived at the historic district that has been rebuilt and was very crowded on this beautiful morning.

We relaxed on a bench for a few minutes.

Colorful flowers are everywhere.

These houses are available as rentals which will hopefully bring in money to repair the rest of the houses.

There is a swimming beach at the historic district but we headed further south to the rocky beach.

We walked out on the rocks to see the tidal pools, take photos and relax with the sound of waves crashing around us.

Two brothers on the rocks.

More rentals in the historic district

Walking through the district looking for lunch.

I love the nostalgic old signs. 

We asked a local for a lunch recommendation...

...he told us to eat at the Shake Shack up on the Coast Highway.

The Crystal Cove Alliance runs the visitor center and the house rentals. If you are in SoCal, why not stay on the beach and support a good cause.

We took the staircase up to the Shack Shack for lunch...

...the food was good but the shake was incredible.
We walked back to the car up on the cliffs where Chrissy took pictures of  the colorful flowers.

Every day spent on a beach is a good day. Living in the Midwest has some advantages but I really miss the ocean. So today was definitely a good day for me.

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