Over the holiday’s I was on the East Coast visiting with friends and family and doing my best to stay warm. A couple days after Christmas I drove from Connecticut to spend the next week with my family in Cape Cod.
The above photo was taken mid route between Providence and Cape Cod (at Fall River). Don’t worry, I was in the passenger seat.
This photo was taken going over the Bourne Bridge at Sunset. The drive out to Cape Cod is very beautiful.
There’s really nothing like an East Coast Christmas. Cape Cod is such a beautiful place, even in the (extreme) cold.
The above four photos were taken at Harding Beach in Chatham. It was a very cold and windy beach walk, but it makes for a fun adventure.
The above four photos were taken at the Chatham Fish Pier, which is a great seal/shark lookout place in the summer and is also next to a tasty fish market. It’s a fun place to go and watch the fishing boats come in with their daily take. The fish attract the seals, and the seals attract the sharks.. circle of life.
The last stop at sunset was Cold Storage Beach in Dennis. If it weren’t so frigid and windy, this is a great walking beach to explore in the summer time. You can see these beach photos have WAY less snow, since this is the bay-side.
Every year people flock to Cape Cod in the summer time, and yet everything shuts down in the winter. I find the quite and stillness mixed with the snowy landscape just so beautiful in winter. If you have the chance to experience Cape Cod in the winter, it’s worth your time.
Tonight at 7pm, head to Santa Monica Pier to listen to a FREE live concert sponsored by the Peir’s Twilight Concert Series. Kasey Chambers is the guest performer tonight. It should be a fun night- and it’s free. Get ready to dance on the beach.
Event: The Santa Monica Pier Twilight Concert Series- Australia Rocks Featuring Kasey Chambers
Location: Santa Monica Pier deck and beach, Santa Monica
FIY: There are some nice parking garages along 2nd Street, which give you 2 hours free parking. And the new Santa Monica Place overs a ton of food options on the top floor of the mall (great views too!).
This past Sunday I ventured out to the Pacific Palisades for what I was expecting to be a chilly ocean-air walk. Turns out that the end of November in Los Angeles is gorgeous. The weather was a perfect 75 degrees. If you are new to the blog, then I must explain that I have the goal of completing all 38 walks from the book Walking L.A. Second Edition (by Erin Mahoney Harris) in the year 2011. I’ve got a month and a couple days to finish my last 5… I’m so close I can taste it. Anywho, back to the Palisades.
The walk takes you through a beautiful neighborhood where everyone has views of the water. This walk also introduces a new area where you can park, walk over a bridge and be at the beach without having to pay a ridiculous amount to park (SCORE!). It was such a nice day, I couldn’t resist the ocean and had to put my feet in.
One thing I must point out about this neighborhood is that everyone was extremely friendly. Most people along these walks are polite, but considering it was such a ritzy neighborhood and it would have been very easy for people to be suspicious instead of gregarious. One woman drove by and slowed to wish me a happy walk. Very sweet people.
One eerie tale that the book notes is that actress Thelma Todd died in this home (that you pass along the walk) in 1935 from carbon monoxide poisoning, and it’s never been determined if it was suicide, an accident or foul play. Suspicious.
If you buy the L.A. Walks book and do walk #1 (or decide to explore the Castellammare area) be sure to visit a nearby hike in the Topanga State Park. One somewhat quiet (aka secret) hike begins near this neighborhood. Take Paseo Miramar (off Sunset) until it ends. Park along the road and begin the hike on the fire road. This hike begins among mansions and takes you into the mountains with stunning views of the ocean. This hike is a challenge and on hot days, beware of snakes, but this hike is unlike anything else and worth doing. P.S. Bring a camera.