Tuesday, August 11, 2009

A Stroll Along Shell Beach

Intense color of Bougainvillea.

The fog hangs low over Shell Beach. What isn't visible is the long path winding its way on the bluff next to the water. A lovely walk.
Unnamed beauty. Anyone know what these are?
Looking over to Avila Bay from the bluffs of Shell Beach, somehow a patch of sunlight usually breaks through the fog over Avila.
Hard at work!
A fine place to sit and listen to the ocean.

Sunday, August 09, 2009

Hanging with Friends, Loma Linda, CA

Saturday evening, following Indian food, there were a few cracks left in our stomachs to be filled in with TCBY!
Left to Right: Case, Denise, Darrell, Jillian, Heather and Megan

Girlfriend time with Heather and Denise!

Friday, August 07, 2009

The Getty Villa, Santa Monica, CA

Once the entire museum, the J. Paul Getty Villa houses only the oil tycoon's collection of Greek and Roman antiquities since the museum's expansion into the Getty Center in nearby Malibu.
The renovated Villa is as lovely as the art itself.
Ponds and pools,
sculptures and reliefs,
fountains and frescoes,
and gardens blend into a harmonious whole. Case thinks this guy has had his eye on Jolene,
and then this picture...it seems Case's attention has gone elsewhere...and it's time to take him home!
On the way (well, a little out of our way, actually), we stopped to eat in "Little Ethiopia". Jolene hadn't tried their cuisine before, but having previously seen her chow down when we visited "The Banana Leaf Restaurant" in Singapore, Case knew she likes anything eaten with just her hands.

Thursday, August 06, 2009

LA Philharmonic at Hollywood Bowl

Traffic on the 405 Freeway. We so don't miss this.

Before we left, Case googled the route to the Hollywood Bowl. According to the online genius, it would take 20 minutes without traffic, or 90 minutes with. We decided if we got burned out on traffic, we'd scrub our bowl plans and just get dinner. In the end, though, we hung in there and arrived at the Hollywood Bowl in about and hour and 15 minutes. Having the GPS to direct us on surface streets helped.
We happily purchased seats up in the "nosebleed section" with a great view of the bowl, the Hollywood sign, and the surrounding hills. Fewer people, too! We had enough crowd getting here!
Thanks to our high power zoom lens, we could see the symphony, and as the music began, we forgot the traffic, relaxed, and enjoyed the Tchaikovsky violin concerto.

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

An Evening on Newport Harbor

Taking in a 3D movie at the Discovery Science Center in Orange County.

While living nearby in Fullerton, we drove past the science center on occasion and wondered what might be inside. Now, back in town for a visit, we decided to spend the hot hours of the day here before moving on to take in the Orange County Fair.Our discovery at the Discovery Science Center was that mid-summer means lots of sugar-hyped kids screaming and running from exhibit to exhibit, pushing buttons. It was NOISY in there!

After all that bustle and noise, Case decided cruising around Newport Harbor in an electric boat would be more peaceful than joining the crowds at the fair. (After all, we're on vacation, so we get to do whatever we want, and change our plans as often as we please.)
Many of these cute electric boats cruise the harbor around sunset.
The rays of the setting sun warm the colors of this picture, but the air is already quite cool and you can't see the warm blanket Jolene has wrapped herself up in!

Lazy sea lions take over a vacant dock.
Individual sail boats race each other back to the dock, hoping to beat the setting sun.
While admiring the extravagant boats moored through out the bay, we noticed lots of silly names. Boat names seem to attract bad puns. However, all three boats moored at this dock, which services one of the most palatial homes on the bay, were named "Mr. Terrible". Ya' gotta wonder about that owner...
Add ImageAs we round the far end of the bay, the moon rises from behind the hills.
Darkness settles in, leaving a lighted path across the harbor waters -- a beautiful end to a wonderful evening!

Sunday, August 02, 2009

Cinnamon Rolls and the Sunday Paper

While waiting in line at the cinnamon roll shop in Pismo Beach we entertained ourselves with the local paper Coast News, Police Blotter section, and we're reminded of why we moved to AG from the LA area:

July 26
Arroyo Grande

Juveniles were reportedly chucking water balloons at cars from a tower outside a hotel on the 800 block of Oak Park Boulevard.

What was thought to be a prowler on the 600 block of Printz Road turned out to be people toilet papering a gate. The caller reported her husband had possibly gone outside to investigate armed with a firearm. The toilet paper was probably needed after all.

Pismo Beach

A stranded otter was reported north of the pier.

Pancho's Surf Shop nabbed a shoplifter.

A son reportedly stole money from his parents safe located in their home on Holloway and went to Santa Barbara and bought a Mercedes.

A woman who reported her wallet may have been stolen while shopping on Five Cities Drive found it when she got home.

Two males were reportedly hanging around Harry's Beach Bar "stirring things up." Isn't someone always hanging around Harry's?

July 25
Arroyo Grande

A caller on the 200 block of Brisco Road reported golf balls on her property. It was believed someone might have been teeing off at the neighboring Ocean View Elementary School.

Pismo Beach

A kayaker was reportedly fishing in the lake area near Hacienda del Pismo. The caller said she saw him throw a line in. The man informed the woman that rangers said he was allowed to. Something fishy is going on.

A number eight billiard ball was stolen from Hot Shots. Considering you have to leave a license to rent the balls, catching the culprit should be a bank shot.

A woman at the bowling alley was arrensted for drunk in public and rolled a gutterball in county jail.

July 24
Arroyo Grande

A suspicious subject in a dune buggy on Brighten Avenue reportedly gave juveniles taking part in a summer program $150 and then drove off. A teacher on the scene said the man donated the money so that the kids could have ice cream.

Yes, $150 would buy us a nice supply of Ben and Jerry's Coffee Heath Bar Crunch! Have I mentioned, I love living here!