Posts Tagged With: Beach

Laguna Beach & Aliso Canyon

As you can see, we didn’t have any fun

For all of the traveling and sight-seeing we did before we moved to Los Angeles, you’d think we’d have ventured outside our little bubble of a city and explored the beaches, landscapes and sights in our new home state. Better late than never, right? We finally made a day trip to somewhere not in a 10-mile radius of our apartment and drove an hour south to Laguna Beach.

Laguna came highly recommended (5 stars, in fact) from our friend in Hollywood, who has been super helpful in suggesting awesome restaurants and things to do in SoCal. So on Sunday, we took off around 11 AM, breezed along the freeways listening to some Bob Marley, Edgar Winter and Coldplay and found ourselves in a beautiful and quaint little beach town with half the amount of tourists as Santa Monica. It was charming, fun, hip and we wanted to move there immediately.

We arrived just after 12 PM and grabbed lunch at a sweet cafe called Goko Cafe & Deli. Not surprisingly, it was flanked by three surf shops! Only in California… Ky got the Veggie Burrito and I got the Chicken Gyro and both were awesome. We took the food to go and made our way to The Aliso Beach, a beautifully quiet stretch of beach that ended with a weathered rock formation that stretched out across the sand and into the water.

Every time the big waves collided with the rocks, it sprayed a refreshingly light mist up onto the sand. We walked down to where the ocean met the land and let the waves of the Pacific rush over our feet for the very first time – and it was FREEZING!

We spent a solid two hours laying in the sand and reading in the warm May sun.  IT WAS BLISS.

We left the beach around 2:30 PM in order to get to our 3:28 PM tee-time at the Aliso Canyon Golf Course and Resort. This place is siiiiiiick! The course and resort are located inside the Aliso Canyon, which has amazing views. Scenery-wise, this was definitely the coolest course I’ve ever played at. The course is a pretty easy, 9 hole, par 4 that had some fast greens and very lush fairways. We were paired with two great guys, Mike and Max, who only added to the enjoyment of our round. I finished the round 9 over par with four pars, 2 bogeys, 2 double bogeys and a triple bogey, but overall I think I played well.

      

We left the course around 6 PM and arrived back in Hollywood shortly after 7. I think it’s safe to say that we will definitely be revisiting Laguna again as soon as possible.

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A New Year

Santa Monica Beach

We finally made it to the beach to see the Pacific Ocean for the first time on New Year’s Day. The ocean refreshes me, and after one long month peppered with difficult days, all I wanted was a relaxing afternoon on the beach, with a good book in hand.

In fact, I just started a good book by Ken Robinson, Ph.D., called “The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything.” I bought it after seeing his TED talks and connected with nearly everything he spoke about, which included his views on human intelligence and creativity, serious problems with our education systems and how most of us, as adults, have lost the ability to think and create freely because we  have been “educated out of our creativity.”

What I’m most interested in is his idea that every person has a passion, something they innately excel at and love to do. I have some ideas of what this could mean for me, but I’m still looking. For 2012, my goal is to remain open and stay positive, accept whatever comes my way with grace and turn any negative experiences into opportunities to learn and grow. For all of you reading this, I wish you all of the peace, joy and love that this year can bring.

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