Sunday, January 25, 2009

not all those who wander are lost.

wanderlust: a strong, innate desire to rove or travel about.
There is nothing like taking a walk or a little hike to a place you have never been before. Whether it is to a new cafe around the block or, better yet, someplace in the middle of nowhere. The best is when the only thing in sight is nature and purely nature. It's a chance to take a step away from the "real world" and surround yourself with solace.
I went on a little 3 hour hike with Carolyn and Brendan today to the Palos Verdes Peninsula. We walked along the beach until the sand ended and rocks began. We passed a couple of surfers trying to find the perfect wave along the rocks but other than that, it was just the three of us with no specific destination in mind. We would chat for a little while but most of the time we were all in our own little worlds; where it was your time to think about whatever you wanted to, or even just walk along the rocks and think about nothing and clear your mind.
All in all, I had an awesome day getting away from the norm of Redondo Beach. Here are some pictures from the day! enjoy :)

I absolutely love taking the time to stop hiking and just actually look at all the little creatures, shells, rocks, and beach glass that is right under your feet. Below: my friend the hermit crab and a rare species, the tennis ball, which is very hard to come by although can be found all around the world!

BELOW (TOP): Some minerals we came across while climbing up a cliff. I'm going find out what type of mineral it is exactly and I'll let you know. BELOW (BOTTOM): the seaweed here in California is so different than the seaweed I am used to in NY. It is extremely strong and thick compared to our paper thin seaweed which sort of looks like wilted lettuce or spinach.

BELOW (TOP): some snails in a little tide pool. BELOW (BOTTOM): just a pretty little shell I came across. There weren't too many shells during the walk. Mostly rocks. So it was a nice little find.

View from the top of the cliff!