June 12, 2017, San Onofre, CA-
I am camping at this underutilized state beach, just south of a former nuclear power plant. The plant’s presence may explain the underutilized part of the equation, but no matter. Every time I pitch my tent, arrange comfortable bedding and have a pleasant visit, my confidence grows- something that may be hard for many to understand- but it’s been a work in progress, for several years.
My main objective, today, was a hike in the Palos Verdes Peninsula, between Long Beach and Redondo Beach, in LA County’s South Bay area. First, though, was a visit to Long Beach, itself. I set out from Indio, where I’d spent the previous night, and where I stretched my legs, this morning, with a 2-mile walk. It’s fairly mild, across Southern California, though that’s not expected to last. The I-10 was fairly busy, as it always is, though once past the turn-offs to Riverside and San Diego, traffic thinned significantly. I enjoyed a stop at one of my favourite eateries: Gramma’s Country Kitchen, in Banning. After lunch, and taking CA routes 57 and 22, I was in Long Beach, in less than ninety minutes.
I found myself in a pleasant, but definitely untouristed, part of town- the south side. On Anaheim Street, there is the large, and multiple use, Recreation Park. Several young ladies were engaged in a variety of artistic activities, on and around the band shell. I don’t take photos of people, without their permission, as a rule, so any people seen in the next few photos are strictly incidental. My main focus in Recreation Park was Yokkaichi Friendship Garden, a small, but heartfelt project, in concert with Yokkaichi, Japan- one of Long Beach’s sister cities.
There are three essentials of a Japanese garden that are evident here: The open gate, arranged flowers (usually in a semi-circle) and carefully-placed rocks. A fourth essential element, flowing water, is not present.
I felt a fair amount of serenity, with most of the “recreationists” very busy with sporting activities and practicing dance routines, elsewhere in the great city park. Below, see the back of the band shell building. I did not photograph the dance practice taking place in the front.
Next up, Palos Verdes’ Point Vicente.