|Lifeguard boats, in technicolor, at the marina|
|I had no idea that pelicans turn their head backwards|
and bury it in their wings, to take a nap. Some even lie down, but this guy was
standing while napping. Cute feet.
|Right next door, a giant sea lion|
100 years ago tobacco magnate Abbot Kinney tried to create a community fashioned after Venice, Italy. Within a cozy residential neighborhood, you'll find charming canals, narrow pedestrian wooden bridges and landscaped footpaths. That's right, in Venice Beach, CA. You'll also find Venice Pier, which has nice views of the ocean and beaches, and along the beachfront, you'll find an outdoor gym with large men in small shorts working out (aka "Muscle Beach"), tennis-like courts of people playing something that resembles a cross between tennis and ping-pong (they use paddles, but it looks like a tennis court?), tattoo shops, t-shirt shops, vendors peddling evaluations for you for medical marijuana and other random vendors selling God knows what, like a guy selling 'shitty advice, $1', literally.
|$40 evaluation for medical marijuana|
|Venice Beach, from the Venice Pier|
|More Venice Beach, the park at the beach|
|Santa Monica Pier,|
complete with roller coaster and ferris wheel
|Santa Monica Pier|
|Us on the Santa Monica Pier,|
lots of people in the background on the beach
We are now in Dana Point/Laguna Beach and loving it! and then heading to San Diego sometime this week where we will gear up and get ready to head down to Mexico. I can see why people live here in CA...the sun, the weather, friendly people, etc. Good stuff. More soon...