by Linda Patki October. 13, 2021 204 views

Went on a spur-of-the moment trip from Toronto to LA just for 4 days last week (insane I know). My daughter was there on her own as her husband was unable to make the planned trip but she needed a break so I thought...uhmm...why doesn't Mum join her. I haven't travelled since 2018 and there was a lot to think about with the COVID test requrirements, etc. Had a fantastic time, it turned out, walking, hiking and just driving around Hollywood (fun for me but exhausting for my daughter). People in Los Angeles say "do not travel out of your borough" and I know why!! Traffic is truly a nightmare.

I landed early LA time so had a full first day exploring the beach. We stayed on Santa Monica Beach. Walked from there to Venice Beach and Muscle Beach.

I love lifeguard stations.

Even though this little guy was moving quickly (sandpiper), I was able to get a shot.

Saw quite a few of these twisty-turny tree trunks and was fascinated by them.

Passed a 72 Malibu who's owner posed for me.

Loved this old school bus being used for a camper.

Cute installation on Venice Beach, above and below.

Barbies playing and a line of ducks.

Lovely place in Venice Beach - other side below.

I think we were near or on Muscle Beach at this point. I liked this graffiti. "Nate (notice 'RIP Nasty Nate'), Shape and Image". (I cut off the E on Image.)

There were lots of homeless people all over beaches and LA but it you need an encampment, can't beat this. Nothing to laugh at, however.

Went to Dukes on the coastal highway (Riverside, CA) for a margarita and to see a sunset, but it was cloudy.

Then we had supper at the famous seafood restaurant in Santa Monica called The Galley - the oldest restaurant and bar in Santa Monica (est. 1934).

So having been up at 4:30 am TO time, my first day didn't end until about 11:00 pm TO time. I was rather tuckered.

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Tsao T-F 1 day, 19 hours ago

Glad I can see you again on BP. It’s great to hear about your first trip after COVID outbreaking. In fact, I made a short stop at Santa Monica Beach more than ten years ago (about 2004). Your post reminds me of good memories. Thanks for

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Gethin Thomas 4 days, 1 hour ago

Only yesterday I was revisiting my old photos 2010 of Santa Monica all the way up to San Francisco.  Yours really reminded me of that trip. Light and colour just the same. Glad you went, we have to live again. Good for you.

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Thomas Thompson 4 days, 4 hours ago

Wow Fantastic captures,  The Life Guard Stands are still there thats so cool, I wonder if they still man them?  Love the multi colored one,  Yea those sandpipers are quick little birds I have never been able to capture one good job.  I have always loved Venice Beach, of course its probably way different than when I was down there.  Linda it looks like you had a whirlwind time grinning

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