Palos Verdes

After spending several hours exploring the Nixon Library, it was time to move along to our afternoon destination, Palos Verdes.

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We made our way down the 110 and then just drove along the coast on Palos Verdes Drive South (looping up onto Palos Verdes Drive West). We stopped along at several of the little parking overlook areas along the road to take pictures and enjoy the view.

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The above 2 photos were taken above the Trump National Golf Club Los Angeles.

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The next place we spent significant time was in Abalone Cove. We had to pay to park ($5?) but it was worth it.

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Follow the path down to the rocky beach.

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Bring shoes that are comfortable for climbing over these rocks (aka not flip flops).

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When we arrived (around 4pm) the sun was already starting to set. Our big regret was not getting here sooner, because it was awesome. Although now we know that we could easily spend a day at this beach. Around 4p surfers were hitting the waves.

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Nude Sunbathing Prohibited!

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Once we arrived at the tide pools, we didn’t want to leave. At first I thought “What are all these people looking at” and upon closer examination realized almost everything here was living. It made me really think about reach step, as to not hurt the marine life. You would see what looks like a pile of shells and rocks, but if you poke it, it MOVES! So cool! There were plenty of kids and adults.

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We were pretty protected near the pools, but if you climbed way out on the rocks (like these fishermen) you would be facing some giant waves.

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See? So cool!!

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It’s easy to miss all the marine life if you aren’t really focused on it.

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So much to explore! Each little pool of water had so much life in it. And experts/volunteers from the Natural History Museum were there to help explain what we were seeing. Everyone is super friendly and wants to show you and share in the enjoyment of marine life.

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The sun was setting, so we had to make our exit. The parking lot closed at dusk. We continued along on our Palos Verdes sea-side drive until we hit Point Vicente Lighthouse.

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It was so beautiful catching sunset from this spot. The lighthouse was closed, but it was beautiful to walk the paths along here. Many people were doing engagement photos and other photo shoots.

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We walked through the outside of the Point Vicente Interpretive Center- which looked like a little maritime center. You can see the people at the far end of the photo had been whale watching, since this is the furthest point which allows you to see south and west.

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As the sun fully set we walked back to the car and finished our loop of Palos Verdes. Now we know, plan more time than just an afternoon. There are so many walking/bike paths to explore, that I could spend so much time there. If there are any camping beaches, I should just move there.

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The Nixon Library

I normally don’t like politics (specifically talking politics), but one of my goals for 2013 is to visit both local presidential libraries (Reagans + Nixons) and this past weekend my sister and I went to the Nixon Presidential Library. This is my first Presidential Library (which is really a museum and not a library).

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My sister and I made the early Saturday morning trek out to Yorba Linda. The above photo is the entryway to the museum. It’s only a $12 admittance fee (which is cheaper than most museums). We happened to walk into the musuem the 30 minute introductory video was starting up so we sat in for it. As someone who is pretty dumb when it comes to history, I found it to be very useful. It glosses over a lot, but then the exhibits go into detail about much of the topics. It’s also important to note that this video (and museum) was made with money collected by Nixon and his family, so it’s a bit one-sided. The Watergate wing wasn’t even created until 2007(?) after the museum was taken over by the National Archives and Records Administration.

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Above is a model of Nixon’s childhood home, which is also on the museum property.

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After taking photos with space suits at the Connecticut Science Center, it’s only fitting that I take one at the Nixon Museum to add to the collection.

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So much information. It was fun to explore but did take a lot of reading to get through the museum. Because there was so much reading, the museum is pretty silent even with a lot of people there, because everyone is attentively reading.

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I love this section of the museum with life sized sculptures of the famous leaders whom Nixon worked with.

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They even have a giant chunk of the Berlin Wall!

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Above is the original manuscript  for God Bless America.

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This is a replication of Nixon’s favorite room in the White House.

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I also really enjoyed the collection of memorable dresses.

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Nixon’s Limo!

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The newly added Watergate wing! This was a lot of reading and VERY informative.

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Doesn’t this look like the White House hallways? (Or how I imagine they look)

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This is the exterior courtyard of the property. While we were there they were setting up for an outdoor wedding.

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Richard and Patricia Nixon are buried on the property.

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And further along the path is the actual childhood home that Richard Nixon grew up in. They bought the property up around it to build this museum. You can even tour this house!

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Last along the path is the presidential helicopter! We couldn’t take photos inside, but they do let you walk through it.

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When we looped around to exit the museum we had to take photos of this sculpture.

Next up (tomorrow) is our afternoon visit to Palos Verdes!