Laguna BeachOctober 10, 2016 in the United States
Seems like a really nice place.
Seems like a really nice place.
My new home is on the 2nd floor of an older building, as all are in Laguna Beach, but it has been well maintained. It's an unusual layout with a long, narrow kitchen, living and dining area. The dining table is collapsed against one wall as there is a murphy bed on the opposing wall. The location of the condo is great because it's in the centre of town except it's on a hill top.
As expected, I was not assigned an ocean view unit as owners get priority. Instead I am facing the Pacific Coast Highway which has lots of traffic day and night. The speed limit is supposed to be 35 mph but that seems irrelevant to most drivers. I do have a huge balcony with a large BBQ that I may or may not use. Sitting on the balcony watching cars and trucks whiz by does not sound too appealing. I am in a corner unit so I do have a partial ocean view from one side of the balcony. It certainly isn't ideal but it is comfy.Read more
Laguna Beach is in Orange County, midway between San Diego and Los Angeles, and extends for 7 miles along the coast. The city is a mix of beach action, boutique shops, restaurants, and art galleries.
There was supposed to be a craft sale by local artists at the main beach today but it got cancelled because there was a 50% chance of rain and the temperature was only 16 degrees. The locals had their jackets and toques on! There is a really nice 2 km boardwalk along the cliff overlooking the beach.Read more
This morning I spoke to the condo manager about the noise level from the 4 lane coastal highway that runs mere feet from my unit. He said there was nothing he could do. But I've driven 2,500 miles to be near the ocean, I pleaded. Well…..he called me a few hours later to say it was my lucky day. Someone had cancelled and he was moving me to an ocean front unit. Yay!! Now the only sound I hear is the crashing waves. In the beach photo below, my building is the closest one with the palm trees. Couldn't get much closer to the ocean than this.Read more
Laguna Beach is well-known as an artist colony. There are 3 or 4 fine art galleries in each block downtown. This one is on the main level of my building. Their love of art is evident everywhere I go. Hessler Park is along the beach walkway and has several sculptures and ceramics.
I walked along the beach but could only walk so far before encountering a rocky shore. Most of the beaches here are small sandy coves. I ended my walk at the Main Beach with the historic lifeguard station that was built in the 1920s. And of course I had to stay to watch the sunset....a perfect way to end the day.
I decided to explore inland to an Orange County park called the Top of the World. Google maps indicated it was a 7.5 km return trip that should take 35 minutes one way. Wrong!! Google didn't account for the 900 foot elevation gain. It took me l l/2 hours to hike to the Top. I followed a major winding roadway, Park Avenue, that had a decent sidewalk. It was a tough climb :(
I approached a friendly lady walking her dog to see if there was an alternate route back down to the coast. She offered to drive me back to the beach but I insisted I needed the exercise. She recommended the Skyline Parkway and gave me directions. This route, I later learned from a review of the map, was very circuitous and probably added an extra km or more to my hike. But I saw beautiful and unusual gardens for an arid climate.Read more
This entire neighbourhood was made up of multi-million dollar homes. I'm sure the people driving by me thought I was hired help. I felt very out of place but certainly enjoyed this alternate route. Since I wasn't prepared for how long this hike would take, I was only half-way down the hill when the sun set. It was a nice viewpoint! It quickly darkened but I made my way back safely.
On my way back I took a photo of the sidewalk. It was about 15 inches wide and was overgrown with wild grass and other greenery. I only met one person on my walk so sidewalks are not a priority. Their emphasis is on bike lanes, which are everywhere along major routes. Americans love their cars.
I got back to Main Beach in Laguna just as the sun was setting. I never tire of sunsets.
You might also know this place by the following names:
Laguna Beach Branch Orange County Public Library