Strands Beach

Last weekend I woke up and looked out my window at this.

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"My" mountain was looking very pretty.  I immediately told Briefcase we needed to abscond to the beach to enjoy the beautiful day. 

We decided to journey to Strands Beach in Dana Point.  We hadn't been to Strands in awhile and we wanted to check out some of the renovations they're doing there. Specifically, they are building multi-million dollar homes overlooking the ocean.  I always say I don't care about wealth, but I really wouldn't mind living in a home overlooking the ocean. (Just in case I have any billionaire readers out there who might feel like donating a home to me.)

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In the forefront of this picture you can see the lots where homes will be built.  They've already started working on some of them.  I saw one home listed at 30 million dollars. The house below is not yet completed.

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It was a breathtaking day.  Honestly, the ocean seemed almost artificial with the sun reflecting off of it.

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There were a lot of surfers out and the waves were pretty decent.  Of course, the surfers avoided the rocky areas.

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There's one area which is great for climbing.

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It's a good spot if you're son is half billy goat.

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That's PR out on the rocky bottom of the cliff.  At one point the tide came in.  I didn't think he'd make it back to us without jumping in and swimming, but somehow he managed.  It was sorta too bad, because I would have laughed really hard if he had to swim into shore with his clothes on.  

Once he got back on land, we went for a long walk in the opposite direction.

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The best exercise came when it was time to go home.  There are a lot of steps, followed by a very steep ramp, to get back up the cliff to where we parked.

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Strands Beach is not the best choice if you're out of shape.

66 Responses to “Strands Beach”

  1. Michelle

    Looks really lovely. I live near the beach also (in Vic, Australia) and just love to head out surfing, or walking if the waves aren’t there.
    Good thing the Torturer is keeping you in shape! 😉

  2. Michelle

    Looks really lovely. I live near the beach also (in Vic, Australia) and just love to head out surfing, or walking if the waves aren’t there.
    Good thing the Torturer is keeping you in shape! 😉

  3. Michelle

    Looks really lovely. I live near the beach also (in Vic, Australia) and just love to head out surfing, or walking if the waves aren’t there.
    Good thing the Torturer is keeping you in shape! 😉

  4. Alan

    Yeah…I’m actually starting to hate you at this point. Seriously…BEAUTIFUL pics! I am jealous…
    🙂

  5. Alan

    Yeah…I’m actually starting to hate you at this point. Seriously…BEAUTIFUL pics! I am jealous…
    🙂

  6. Alan

    Yeah…I’m actually starting to hate you at this point. Seriously…BEAUTIFUL pics! I am jealous…
    🙂

  7. Jan

    If one of your billionaire readers has another to spare after they’ve donated to you, I’m always open to a little gifting myself.
    Just sayin’…
    Oh, and it snowed here this weekend, you beach-trotting fink.

  8. Jan

    If one of your billionaire readers has another to spare after they’ve donated to you, I’m always open to a little gifting myself.
    Just sayin’…
    Oh, and it snowed here this weekend, you beach-trotting fink.

  9. Jan

    If one of your billionaire readers has another to spare after they’ve donated to you, I’m always open to a little gifting myself.
    Just sayin’…
    Oh, and it snowed here this weekend, you beach-trotting fink.

  10. thistle

    Crazy ass price to pay for a view. But the stairs would a least eliminate the need for the expense of a gym membership.

  11. thistle

    Crazy ass price to pay for a view. But the stairs would a least eliminate the need for the expense of a gym membership.

  12. thistle

    Crazy ass price to pay for a view. But the stairs would a least eliminate the need for the expense of a gym membership.

  13. Linda

    I’m sure those beach front mansions are big enough for two families so can I come live with you? I don’t cook or clean but I drink wine and sometimes I share. OK fine I don’t share but I’ll open a bottle of your own for you:)

  14. Linda

    I’m sure those beach front mansions are big enough for two families so can I come live with you? I don’t cook or clean but I drink wine and sometimes I share. OK fine I don’t share but I’ll open a bottle of your own for you:)

  15. Linda

    I’m sure those beach front mansions are big enough for two families so can I come live with you? I don’t cook or clean but I drink wine and sometimes I share. OK fine I don’t share but I’ll open a bottle of your own for you:)

  16. Kelly

    Beautiful! Your mountain with the cloud hanging over it – oh my! AND the beach!

  17. Kelly

    Beautiful! Your mountain with the cloud hanging over it – oh my! AND the beach!

  18. Kelly

    Beautiful! Your mountain with the cloud hanging over it – oh my! AND the beach!

  19. goodfather

    Beautiful! Please sign me up for the $30M home donation club. We’re available for moving any time. I also need to join the donated property taxes club, as I imagine those houses heft a pretty high tax rate, even if the mortgage is free 😉 .

  20. goodfather

    Beautiful! Please sign me up for the $30M home donation club. We’re available for moving any time. I also need to join the donated property taxes club, as I imagine those houses heft a pretty high tax rate, even if the mortgage is free 😉 .

  21. goodfather

    Beautiful! Please sign me up for the $30M home donation club. We’re available for moving any time. I also need to join the donated property taxes club, as I imagine those houses heft a pretty high tax rate, even if the mortgage is free 😉 .

  22. sometimessophia

    Amazing beach photos with that gorgeous surf… The overgrown houses seem like an unfortunate intrusion upon an otherwise lovely area. Give me the simple life…

  23. sometimessophia

    Amazing beach photos with that gorgeous surf… The overgrown houses seem like an unfortunate intrusion upon an otherwise lovely area. Give me the simple life…

  24. sometimessophia

    Amazing beach photos with that gorgeous surf… The overgrown houses seem like an unfortunate intrusion upon an otherwise lovely area. Give me the simple life…

  25. Sandi

    What I would give to go there today! What is up with this damn rain? Then again, it turns our mountains into something beautiful! I feel like I am in Ireland.
    I love Strands beach, but those stairs are something else!

  26. Sandi

    What I would give to go there today! What is up with this damn rain? Then again, it turns our mountains into something beautiful! I feel like I am in Ireland.
    I love Strands beach, but those stairs are something else!

  27. Sandi

    What I would give to go there today! What is up with this damn rain? Then again, it turns our mountains into something beautiful! I feel like I am in Ireland.
    I love Strands beach, but those stairs are something else!

  28. Pseudo

    Those shots are beaautiful – looks so crisp and pristine.
    Love the view, but don’t think I could stand living next to the people who could afford to pay 30 million for a house. You could get the same house over here, with water warm year long, for a paltry, say, 10 million. And your neighbors would probably never be home because it was just a vacation home for them.
    We have the same fantasy – I wouldn’t mind having a beach house on the North shore rent free for 5 or 10 years. I don’t even need to own it.

  29. Pseudo

    Those shots are beaautiful – looks so crisp and pristine.
    Love the view, but don’t think I could stand living next to the people who could afford to pay 30 million for a house. You could get the same house over here, with water warm year long, for a paltry, say, 10 million. And your neighbors would probably never be home because it was just a vacation home for them.
    We have the same fantasy – I wouldn’t mind having a beach house on the North shore rent free for 5 or 10 years. I don’t even need to own it.

  30. Pseudo

    Those shots are beaautiful – looks so crisp and pristine.
    Love the view, but don’t think I could stand living next to the people who could afford to pay 30 million for a house. You could get the same house over here, with water warm year long, for a paltry, say, 10 million. And your neighbors would probably never be home because it was just a vacation home for them.
    We have the same fantasy – I wouldn’t mind having a beach house on the North shore rent free for 5 or 10 years. I don’t even need to own it.

  31. Lo

    i hoofed my butt up many a stair when i lived in so cal. thanks for this…… i forgot how much i missed ‘my beach’. sigh. vacation anyone?

  32. Lo

    i hoofed my butt up many a stair when i lived in so cal. thanks for this…… i forgot how much i missed ‘my beach’. sigh. vacation anyone?

  33. Lo

    i hoofed my butt up many a stair when i lived in so cal. thanks for this…… i forgot how much i missed ‘my beach’. sigh. vacation anyone?

  34. San Diego Momma

    Oh God. I just had a post traumatic stress flashback to the Santa Monica steps I used to do when I was much younger. They always kicked my ass.
    Still: Strands is beautiful.

  35. San Diego Momma

    Oh God. I just had a post traumatic stress flashback to the Santa Monica steps I used to do when I was much younger. They always kicked my ass.
    Still: Strands is beautiful.

  36. San Diego Momma

    Oh God. I just had a post traumatic stress flashback to the Santa Monica steps I used to do when I was much younger. They always kicked my ass.
    Still: Strands is beautiful.

  37. Stepping Thru

    I am always so amazed at the beautiful places you go and the equally beautiful photos you share. I think, however, that the photos from your back deck are the most beautiful. What a place to wake up to each day. I would never want to leave.

  38. Stepping Thru

    I am always so amazed at the beautiful places you go and the equally beautiful photos you share. I think, however, that the photos from your back deck are the most beautiful. What a place to wake up to each day. I would never want to leave.

  39. Stepping Thru

    I am always so amazed at the beautiful places you go and the equally beautiful photos you share. I think, however, that the photos from your back deck are the most beautiful. What a place to wake up to each day. I would never want to leave.

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