|Sign at the Crystal Cove historic district|
Most of the days during our recent vacation in Southern California, we ended up at the beach, even if we took an excursion elsewhere earlier in the day. Our timeshare happens to be about a 20-minute walk from Crystal Cove State Park, so that is where we wandered.
|Steve, Paul, and Nancy|
|I'm guessing the tide used to come in much higher than it does now.|
Others are fenced off pending restoration.
One of the larger cottages has been converted into a restaurant and bar. It doesn't look like much, but we had a really delectable meal there. (Reservations are highly recommended.)
|The Beachcomber Restaurant|
I was captivated by the interaction of water, air, light, and motion.
The sparks of light on the "smooth" water make me think of the lines from James Cockburn's song:
All the diamonds in this world
That mean anything to me
Are conjured up by wind and sunlight
Sparkling on the sea
|I loved the glassy sheen of curling waves.|
I was enthralled by the shape of these rocks, evidence of geologic modeling, clashing of continental plates. Where I come from, the ground beneath my feet is either on top of the solid granite bedrock of the Canadian Shield or the sedate, usually horizontal, sedimentary layers of limestone. To see rock that has been folded and refolded just boggles my mind.
This pocket of erosion made me think of the gruesome teeth in a bony skull.
We spent quite a while clambering over the rocks, trying not to land in the drink.
|Nancy has her eyes on something in the sky.|
|Steve and Paul|
And, of course, sunset on the west coast is spectacular. Always.
If you do decide to have dinner at The Beachcomber restaurant, time it for just after sunset, so you can enjoy the beauty before you head indoors to indulge your appetite. We've done it that way both times we've eaten there, and I highly recommend it.
Next up: the wildlife we saw at the beach.