Hiking Shorts: The Pacific Blues

The Pacific Ocean is often described in varying shades of blue, the 16th century navigator Magellan, on what must have been a calm day at sea, called it peaceful {pacifica} and the name stuck, and depending where you’re swimming it’s either warm to the touch, icy cold or tolerable enough to surf in for hours, and I never thought it more beautiful than one spring afternoon viewed from the Ocean Trails at Ranchos Palos Verdes, south of Los Angeles, California.

OCEAN TRAIL 1

The Ocean Scenic Trails that lead to Rancho Palos Verdes Beach, located beneath the Trump National Golf Club, are well-marked and easy to navigate.

THE ZIG AND THE ZAG

A friendly local directed us to the most scenic trail to the ocean, this steeply pitched grade which tossed us down the zig-zag in a wild jog to the bottom.

TRAIL CLIFFS

A moment of slight panic with the realization that the only direction back to the car was UP.

ELISA RULAND, SHORTS

Had I been a better planner, we would have arrived when the tide was at its lowest to explore the tidal pools. The high tide crept up to the cliffs, exposing mostly rocks, which made it difficult, but not impossible to maneuver.

PACIFIC COAST2

Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean films were partly photographed on and off the dramatic coast of Palos Verdes Peninsula. It must have been a kick to see the Black Pearl looming in the distance, and interesting to follow the daily production of hovering helicopters filming for overhead shots.

PACIFC COAST 1

Pacifica.

If you’re interested in the Ocean Trails, information on directions and parking is available via: Palos Verdes

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    • Thanks, Susan! You’ve been getting a taste of the Atlantic Blues lately…both oceans have their share of rich blues, don’t they! I hope you continue to have a wonderful summer. Take care,
      Elisa

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    • It was a great day, Sue! Pacifia was calling to us, and we came and enjoyed! We live so far from the ocean, that when we’re near one…we go for it!! I’m sure you understand how we feel. Take care and happy biking trails to you!

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      • I love the ocean Elisa. Obviously we are far away from one so when possible I savor every minute. Thank you for sharing these beautiful vies of paradise. Today was indeed a cycling day here. 🙂

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        • Someday we will meet up and cycle somewhere fabulous…a bikers dream, we will travel the great coasts together and end up somewhere both fun and interesting. Any idea’s????

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          • Oh I have many suggestions! How about joining us in Italy this fall? Peru? Cambodia and Vietnam? I have a dozen or so more. 🙂

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  • What a beauty, Elisa! I love the precision of the rope fence shadows leading off into the wide blue yonder. Crikey! Getting back up must have been a scramble 🙂
    Are you going to add this to the Comments on my Monday walk? I would be so happy to feature it.

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  • Such beautiful shots and spectacular scenery.

    Hi from the east coast of Australia, or should that be the west coast of the Pacific. 🙂

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    • Ha, coast to coast. I can only imagine the beautiful Pacific views from the Australian coast! It’s on my list….close to the top!

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  • Gorgeous scenes. A place that I walk almost 30 years ago – simply beautiful and brought back wonderful memories.

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    • Thank you! It’s been a cloudy, thunderstormy summer so far, here in Atlanta. It was nice to revisit the sunny coast even if it was only through pictures. Take care,
      Elisa

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  • I never knew about this place. Thanks for the head’s up, Elisa. Now I have another spot in busy LA to chillax. 😉 Beautful captures!

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    • As you can imagine, the going down part was a lot more fun than the going back up part! (Especially if you took a different trail to the top and got lost going back to the parking lot!)

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    • Thank you, Patricia. I’m in love with the rocky coastline of California, and the accessible ocean trails. It’s very inspiring, and there are times I think about what it would be like to live there. Thanks for stopping by, and have a wonderful week!

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    • We live in Atlanta, Georgia and our daughter just completed her Freshman year at USC. We’ve used the opportunity to get to know the Los Angeles area, and I’m always overwhelmed by the area’s wealth of natural beauty….and traffic congestion! I can’t imagine living there as a teen with the easy accessibility to the ocean hikes…I hope they were good memories!

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  • Magnificent, absolutely beautiful pictures Elisa!! I love th zig-zag trail down to the ocean but I bet going down was easier than going back to the car! You photos are really good, you need to frame these!! 🙂

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  • Beautiful shots of the coastline.

    We have a few of those steeply-graded trails here. Some are off-limits, all require a level of preparation (mostly for weather).

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    • Thanks, David. Sorry for the late response. This summer seems to be more hectic than most, and I still can’t put my finger on why! Good I guess, right?

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      • Tell me about hectic. We’ve been here and there, and everywhere. Two weeks, we’ll be in Iowa for three weeks of equestrian. Then 7-10 days later, the daughters will be back in classes for the fall term. It has to be good – everybody’s still smiling. 🙂

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        • Wow, three weeks! I don’t know that we’ve ever been away that long. Sounds like fun, though…and you seem very organized. Good equestrian planners.

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          • Organized, yes. Well-organized, sometimes. Three weeks will be the longest we’ll be away. Much of the planning on the shows has been done by Mark, the girls’ riding coach. He thinks they’re ready to ride as professionals.

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  • Wonderful! And I feel for you going back up the trail – been there done that. Whew. But the spectacular scenery makes it all worthwhile. We are already planning a big trip next summer to explore all the places in Southern California we haven’t hit yet, including Catalina Island.

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    • Hi, Pam. I’m looking forward to catching up and following your California adventures. I’m thinking about running over to Catalina Island when I haul our daughter back to school…she’s moving into an apartment. Something tells me it’s going to be more of Target than Catalina!

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  • Hi Elisa, I just left a message on your About page, but not sure if it went through or not! So, trying here but did want to comment as I love your pics of the beautiful Pacific Ocean. I lived on the Central Coast of California for almost 20 years, raising my children there, before returning to the UK in 2003. I have many happy memories of taking my kids to the beaches, preferring the more craggy areas so we could go rock-pooling and collect driftwood, that sort of thing! Came across from Jo’s Monday Walk – great to meet you! Sherri 😀

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    • Hi, Sherri! I’ll bet you had a wonderful twenty years living in California, but probably happy to be back home again? Our daughter just finished her Freshman year of college in Los Angeles, and we do love to visit her there. Glad to meet you too, and happy you stopped by!
      Elisa

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      • Yes, we had many wonderful years in California, so many happy memories of when times were good…but yes,happy to be home again too. I was very homesick and missed my family. Now I get homesick for California from time to time! I got to go back last spring with my daughter to stay with a friend, first time for 10 years! Hope to go next year too, funds permitting!
        It’s great that you get to visit Los Angeles and explore it when you visit your daughter there.
        I’m so happy to have stopped by too Elisa! 😀

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  • Crikey, what fantastic blues! And thank you for taking me down to the beach – and back up again 😉 I have done similar in Australia, with lots of steps!
    Jude (visiting via Jo’s Walks)

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    • I’m thrilled that Jo shared my blues! Australia sounds wonderful…I’d be happy to work a few steps to get to the beach there. Take care,
      Elisa

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  • Thank you for this beautiful coastal walk, Elisa. Sounds like there were a few tricky moments with going down the steep hillside and having the tide come in, but you did well and treated us to views too. Thank you. 🙂

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    • I’m glad you enjoyed the walk…downhill and back up again. I do miss the ocean now that we’re back in Atlanta. Thanks for stopping by, Jet. 🙂

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    • It was sooooo pretty! The kind of pretty that gets you so excited to follow the path, that you cast all caution to the wind and forget that you have to return the way you came!!

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  • Good tip on this trail in Palos Verdes. I haven’t used it. My only visit to PV was to Abalone Cove – that was pretty good for walking the tidepools – got to see actual starfish and sea urchins!!!

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    • Abalone Cove. I’m going to remember that for the return trip in August. I can’t believe it’s time to move our daughter and her things back to school – thank goodness we stored a lot of it. The side trips and hikes along the coast take the edge off the chaos of moving!

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  • Beautiful photos!
    Greetings from sunny Warsaw. Feel free to watch the new collection of photos in the album ‘Roses’

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  • Breathtakingly beautiful coastal seascapes, Elisa. Far away and yet parts of it resemble the coastline of Norfolk at times. Nothing resembles the coastline of Norway though 😉 i love the strike of blue, turquoise and a gorgeous summer hike. Amazing!

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    • Hi Dina! Sorry for the late reply. I’ve been off the WordPress grid for a while, and now looking forward to catching up with everybody. Thank you for stopping by, it’s always nice to hear from you. Hope you are well,
      Elisa

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      • Nice to have you back, Elisa! More and more bloggers seem to enjoy and WP-break and I must admit, it was absolutely wonderful being on a holiday for so long without the usual electronic gadgets, just reloading our own batteries. 🙂 Have a wonderful weekend, Dina

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  • Fabulous coastal images, Elisa! I love the Pacific Coast for the cliffs and contrasts in texture between the water and the cliffs. Beautiful!

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    • Robyn, thank you. I’m a bit late with my response – I’ve been off the WP grid for a while and looking forward to catching up! Hope you are well,
      Elisa

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  • Gorgeous pictures. Thank you! (Yet another destination to add on the wish-list!) 🙂
    (And you for your visits!)
    Brian

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  • Gosh, Elisa! What gorgeous images! I love the long, winding downhill trail…if only it were a one-way trip! Chuckle… You look in fine shape, however, so I am guessing that you hopped right back up the “little hill”! Chuckle… Your photography and narratives are superb, as usual. I know you had a wonderful summer with the girls. I can’t believe it’s almost October. They’re back in school already! Missed you this summer for some reason. I don’t get any email notices and wondered where you were. Apparently, not enough to hunt you up, however. 😉 I’m laughing, as you might imagine. I like the new Gravatar a lot. There is some strange phenomenon, there… you’re supposed to get older… Good to see you again, Elisa!

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    • I missed you too, George!! You may not believe it, but I think of you (and Charlie) often. I like how the journal is progressing. Each page is a pleasure to read, it’s as though you’re in the room telling your story. And yes, my newpicture is a bit “youthful” looking…some would call it photo enhancing. 🙂 🙂
      Thank the good soul who invented it!! I’ll be around more often these days, looking forward to catching up.
      xo
      elisa

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