Snow and Sand in the O.C.

Huntington Beach, CA

The view from the coast line of southern California provides some real interesting contrasts.  If you face to the east you see this view . . .


The snow-covered peak is Mount San Antonio, commonly known as Old Baldy or Mt Baldy.  At 10,068 ft , it is the highest peak in the San Gabriel Mountains.

When you turn to the west, this is the view . . .


Pretty cool to be sitting on the beach at about 70 degrees with snow covered mountains in view.  We took advantage of the sunny morning to walk north to the main beach area of Huntington Beach.  The waves were pretty big and the water was filled with surfers.  Can you see the surfer in the center of the picture below?  No, not the young babe in the black pants, the dot at the crest of the wave behind her!

As the surfers entered and left the water, we noticed that they were of all ages, sizes, and gender.  But the little guy below was the most impressive.

The Huntington Pier looking east to the town

Crossing the Pacific Coast Highway

Huntington Beach calls itself Surf City, a name Jan Torrance agrees with.   Torrance should know as he wrote the hit Surf City (1963) along with Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys.  The sidewalk on Main Street just east of the Pacific Coast Highway is lined with plaques recognizing famous surfers.  Since there are very few surfing competitions in our home state of Pennsylvania, we don’t follow the sport and didn’t recognize any of the names.

The Official State Car of California

Check back later for more from sunny (we hope) southern California . . .

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2 Responses to Snow and Sand in the O.C.

  1. Marsha says:

    Oh my….I love your new header photo. What a contrast to ours. Gorgeous!!!!

    You are actually making me sick with all this sun stuff. I won’t even open our blinds for fear of what I might see on the ground. Jessica is going to LOVE this area.

    Super photo of the beach and mountain. How clever you two are.

    That little fellow is so cute. The perfect photo of innocence.

    HAHAHA…the official car of California! PERFECT!!!!

    One day and Jessica is there. Enjoy every minute dear friends.

    A very Merry Christmas to you all!

  2. Erin says:

    We’ve been enjoying quiet strolls on empty beaches on this coast … love it.

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