Heisler Park

Last Saturday I awoke to a glorious, spectacular, sunny day.  I sipped my morning coffee in our backyard.  PR joined me and he kept exclaiming how beautiful the mountains are.  He told me he's never really seen them before.  He can't get over the wonders of the world now that he has his glasses.  He also said, in total awe, "I can actually see the clouds now!"

** Ahem **  

Yes son, there are clouds in the sky.  Let me just pop a bottle of Xanax to ease my guilt over being a bad mom and we can talk about the existence of mountains and clouds.

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By the way, the "green belt" you see in the above picture is maintained for fire protection.  Although it isn't visible in the photo, there's a reservoir just on the other side of it.  When we have wildfires (and we do), helicopters come with big buckets attached and swoop water out of the reservoir.  We watch all the excitement from our backyard as we hope and pray the fires don't get close to us.

And yes, they have before.  But that's a story for a different day.

PR announced he "needed" to climb some rocks at the beach.  He got no argument from me.  In no time, we were at Heisler Park in Laguna where there are a lot of rocks to climb.

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Heisler Park is great for rock climbing and for perusing tide pools.

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PR took this photo of one of the fattest starfishes I've ever seen.  As he took the photo, I stood nearby.  A huge wave suddenly crashed on the rocks soaking me thoroughly. Luckily, it was a warm day (in the 80's/27C) and I dried off quickly.

Can I stop right here and admit something?  Laguna Beach is one of the greatest places to laugh at tourists.  I can't help it and yes, I'm a bitch.  Honestly?  Do not come to California for a visit in the winter and send your kids out swimming in the Pacific Ocean in their underwear.  It's wrong on so many levels.  

The Pacific Ocean is cold in the winter (Low 50'sF/11-12C).  If you stay in the water for more than a few minutes without a wet suit on we are laughing at you.  Also?  You can splurge on a kids bathing suit for next to nothing at Target.  We don't want to see you or your kids running around in panties on the beach.

Thank you.

Here's one of many sea anemones we encountered.  PR likes to feed them by touching their "middles" and watching them devour their food.  Is devour the correct term for what sea anemones do?  They suck stuff in and you never see it again.

I got an 'A' in biology.  (No, really I did.)

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The sky was a spectacular array of wispy cirrus clouds, and the ocean was green and clear.

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Have I mentioned that we have plants other than palm trees by the ocean?

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It's beginning to look quite spring-ish.

PR got a lot of climbing and exploring done. 

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Yes, he did drag me up and down cliffs.  And no, he did not wear his glasses as he did so. Don't ask, it's a long story.  Anyway, it takes a lot to wear PR out.  He's a high energy kid.  One good thing about all that climbing, it gave me some great views for photos.

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In the far distance you can see downtown Laguna.  

We climbed nearly as high as some very tall palm trees.

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On the way home we stopped by the grocery store.  When we got back to the house we grilled steaks outdoors.  I made a caesar salad (I make the best homemade caesar dressing) and we baked some potatoes.  A bottle of red wine completed the meal.  It was a wonderful day!

As an aside, thank you to so many of you who have encouraged me on the photography front.  You've gotten me quite motivated to figure out a way to use a heavier camera with my bum arm.  It may take a few months, but "real" photography is something I really aspire to do again.  It will be an exciting day for me when I can share with you the news that I've accomplished that goal.

Β© Twenty Four At Heart

91 Responses to “Heisler Park”

  1. Margaret (Nanny Goats)

    Your OC is so much prettier than my LA. It sure is warmer here in SoCal than the cold and rain in Sacto right now, though.
    And who the heck rock climbs in flip flops? LOL!
    And are you going to give up your Caesar salad dressing recipe?
    Love the pictures!

  2. Margaret (Nanny Goats)

    Your OC is so much prettier than my LA. It sure is warmer here in SoCal than the cold and rain in Sacto right now, though.
    And who the heck rock climbs in flip flops? LOL!
    And are you going to give up your Caesar salad dressing recipe?
    Love the pictures!

  3. Margaret (Nanny Goats)

    Your OC is so much prettier than my LA. It sure is warmer here in SoCal than the cold and rain in Sacto right now, though.
    And who the heck rock climbs in flip flops? LOL!
    And are you going to give up your Caesar salad dressing recipe?
    Love the pictures!

  4. Alan

    Oh yeah. Its official now. I totally hate you…
    AND your pictures of warm weather and sunshine…
    Mountains and starfish…
    Ugh. Need more coffee…

  5. Alan

    Oh yeah. Its official now. I totally hate you…
    AND your pictures of warm weather and sunshine…
    Mountains and starfish…
    Ugh. Need more coffee…

  6. Alan

    Oh yeah. Its official now. I totally hate you…
    AND your pictures of warm weather and sunshine…
    Mountains and starfish…
    Ugh. Need more coffee…

  7. Jan

    I’m so sending you pictures of the fabulous and exotic dusting of snow in the Ohio suburbs. Biotch.
    And where is my copy of this marvelous Caesar salad dressing, hmmm?
    P.S. I’m glad you and P.R. had a lovely time this weekend, I really am.

  8. Jan

    I’m so sending you pictures of the fabulous and exotic dusting of snow in the Ohio suburbs. Biotch.
    And where is my copy of this marvelous Caesar salad dressing, hmmm?
    P.S. I’m glad you and P.R. had a lovely time this weekend, I really am.

  9. Jan

    I’m so sending you pictures of the fabulous and exotic dusting of snow in the Ohio suburbs. Biotch.
    And where is my copy of this marvelous Caesar salad dressing, hmmm?
    P.S. I’m glad you and P.R. had a lovely time this weekend, I really am.

  10. Barrie Summy

    Those photos are fantastic! And….my dh and one of my kids was up in your neck of the woods yesterday. Playing water polo. In a speedo. πŸ™‚

  11. Barrie Summy

    Those photos are fantastic! And….my dh and one of my kids was up in your neck of the woods yesterday. Playing water polo. In a speedo. πŸ™‚

  12. Barrie Summy

    Those photos are fantastic! And….my dh and one of my kids was up in your neck of the woods yesterday. Playing water polo. In a speedo. πŸ™‚

  13. Sandi

    Stop telling the parents to buy swimming suits! It’s one of my favorite things about the tourists. Who am I going to watch now? πŸ™‚

  14. Sandi

    Stop telling the parents to buy swimming suits! It’s one of my favorite things about the tourists. Who am I going to watch now? πŸ™‚

  15. Sandi

    Stop telling the parents to buy swimming suits! It’s one of my favorite things about the tourists. Who am I going to watch now? πŸ™‚

  16. Lo

    GORGEOUS and uh uhm do you have a spare bedroom at your house? or, a tent? for the backyard? cuz i totally absolutely need to live with you. and don’t worry i got laser eye surgery, so you’re totally off the hook in that department πŸ™‚

  17. Lo

    GORGEOUS and uh uhm do you have a spare bedroom at your house? or, a tent? for the backyard? cuz i totally absolutely need to live with you. and don’t worry i got laser eye surgery, so you’re totally off the hook in that department πŸ™‚

  18. Lo

    GORGEOUS and uh uhm do you have a spare bedroom at your house? or, a tent? for the backyard? cuz i totally absolutely need to live with you. and don’t worry i got laser eye surgery, so you’re totally off the hook in that department πŸ™‚

  19. Kelly

    Drooling! Do you have a spare bedroom? Do you guys ever NOT wear flip flops?

  20. Kelly

    Drooling! Do you have a spare bedroom? Do you guys ever NOT wear flip flops?

  21. Kelly

    Drooling! Do you have a spare bedroom? Do you guys ever NOT wear flip flops?

  22. Kristan

    Lovely view! I’m so jealous. How about you send just like… 20 degrees over here? That would be lovely. Then we’d be at 36!

  23. Kristan

    Lovely view! I’m so jealous. How about you send just like… 20 degrees over here? That would be lovely. Then we’d be at 36!

  24. Kristan

    Lovely view! I’m so jealous. How about you send just like… 20 degrees over here? That would be lovely. Then we’d be at 36!

  25. Debi

    So, so, sooooooooo frickin’ beautiful! Dying of envy. Flying to CA today. Is that a problem?

  26. Debi

    So, so, sooooooooo frickin’ beautiful! Dying of envy. Flying to CA today. Is that a problem?

  27. Debi

    So, so, sooooooooo frickin’ beautiful! Dying of envy. Flying to CA today. Is that a problem?

  28. PAPA

    I ALWAYS enjoy your photography. It’s very calming and sets my day off right.

  29. PAPA

    I ALWAYS enjoy your photography. It’s very calming and sets my day off right.

  30. PAPA

    I ALWAYS enjoy your photography. It’s very calming and sets my day off right.

  31. MelanieD

    Beautiful, I’m so jealous! Still lots of snow up here in Canada, just started reading your blog, you take beautiful pictures!!

  32. MelanieD

    Beautiful, I’m so jealous! Still lots of snow up here in Canada, just started reading your blog, you take beautiful pictures!!

  33. MelanieD

    Beautiful, I’m so jealous! Still lots of snow up here in Canada, just started reading your blog, you take beautiful pictures!!

  34. sometimessophia

    Great photography! You really have a knack for it… and of course the scenery is inspirational. Excellent day with an excellent kid. Sooooo happy for you!!

  35. sometimessophia

    Great photography! You really have a knack for it… and of course the scenery is inspirational. Excellent day with an excellent kid. Sooooo happy for you!!

  36. sometimessophia

    Great photography! You really have a knack for it… and of course the scenery is inspirational. Excellent day with an excellent kid. Sooooo happy for you!!

  37. Robin

    Wow! That’s near where you live? I am sooo jealous! We are getting a snowstorm here in the northeast today. I could use a few palm trees, ocean and sunshine about now.
    Thanks so much for stopping by!

  38. Robin

    Wow! That’s near where you live? I am sooo jealous! We are getting a snowstorm here in the northeast today. I could use a few palm trees, ocean and sunshine about now.
    Thanks so much for stopping by!

  39. Robin

    Wow! That’s near where you live? I am sooo jealous! We are getting a snowstorm here in the northeast today. I could use a few palm trees, ocean and sunshine about now.
    Thanks so much for stopping by!

  40. Sandra

    I noticed the flip flops right off too. Love your weather. We rained most of the weekend but as long as it fills my lakes I’m fine with it.
    That big plant is an aloe vera plant I believe. When I was 18 in Hawaii I got really sunburned. There was a plant outside the house I was staying at so I used it. Fresh Aloe Vera smells like B.O.!! OMG it was awful. But it worked.

  41. Sandra

    I noticed the flip flops right off too. Love your weather. We rained most of the weekend but as long as it fills my lakes I’m fine with it.
    That big plant is an aloe vera plant I believe. When I was 18 in Hawaii I got really sunburned. There was a plant outside the house I was staying at so I used it. Fresh Aloe Vera smells like B.O.!! OMG it was awful. But it worked.

  42. Sandra

    I noticed the flip flops right off too. Love your weather. We rained most of the weekend but as long as it fills my lakes I’m fine with it.
    That big plant is an aloe vera plant I believe. When I was 18 in Hawaii I got really sunburned. There was a plant outside the house I was staying at so I used it. Fresh Aloe Vera smells like B.O.!! OMG it was awful. But it worked.

  43. Kim

    Thanks for sharing the beautiful pictures of the beautiful place where you life. While they make me enormously jealous of you and your sun and beach and mountains … they are very, very pretty.
    Nice work!

  44. Kim

    Thanks for sharing the beautiful pictures of the beautiful place where you life. While they make me enormously jealous of you and your sun and beach and mountains … they are very, very pretty.
    Nice work!

  45. Kim

    Thanks for sharing the beautiful pictures of the beautiful place where you life. While they make me enormously jealous of you and your sun and beach and mountains … they are very, very pretty.
    Nice work!

  46. Linda

    Awesome shots! Still in Phoenix. Snow storm in Southeast cancelled our flight several times on Sunday. Can’t get out til Tuesday noon. See my blog for full details. Sucks to be me.

  47. Linda

    Awesome shots! Still in Phoenix. Snow storm in Southeast cancelled our flight several times on Sunday. Can’t get out til Tuesday noon. See my blog for full details. Sucks to be me.

  48. Linda

    Awesome shots! Still in Phoenix. Snow storm in Southeast cancelled our flight several times on Sunday. Can’t get out til Tuesday noon. See my blog for full details. Sucks to be me.

  49. jennster

    ugh, those pics are great and make me miss SO cal SOOOO much. fuckerbitch.
    that starfish is fucking ENORM! biggest damn thing i’ve ever seen! and it’s all sparkley. it’s like someone bligged the damn thing. it’s totally an OC starfish. lol

  50. jennster

    ugh, those pics are great and make me miss SO cal SOOOO much. fuckerbitch.
    that starfish is fucking ENORM! biggest damn thing i’ve ever seen! and it’s all sparkley. it’s like someone bligged the damn thing. it’s totally an OC starfish. lol

  51. jennster

    ugh, those pics are great and make me miss SO cal SOOOO much. fuckerbitch.
    that starfish is fucking ENORM! biggest damn thing i’ve ever seen! and it’s all sparkley. it’s like someone bligged the damn thing. it’s totally an OC starfish. lol

  52. Hallie

    Youre monkeying around comment made me chuckle!! I hate all your pics though and by hate I mean JEALOUS!!
    Maine sucks. We are buried in snow.
    Hallie

  53. Hallie

    Youre monkeying around comment made me chuckle!! I hate all your pics though and by hate I mean JEALOUS!!
    Maine sucks. We are buried in snow.
    Hallie

  54. Hallie

    Youre monkeying around comment made me chuckle!! I hate all your pics though and by hate I mean JEALOUS!!
    Maine sucks. We are buried in snow.
    Hallie

  55. Fragrant Liar

    Gorgeous, gorgeous. Good job, there, 24. And what the HELL are you feeding those starfish? I’ve never seen such a porker either!

  56. Fragrant Liar

    Gorgeous, gorgeous. Good job, there, 24. And what the HELL are you feeding those starfish? I’ve never seen such a porker either!

  57. Fragrant Liar

    Gorgeous, gorgeous. Good job, there, 24. And what the HELL are you feeding those starfish? I’ve never seen such a porker either!

  58. Lisa

    I love how we can live in the same state and encounter totally different climates. I live in the SF bay area where currently it is pouring buckets!! However we also get the same joy out of watching the tourists.. Now think about the fact that Laguna beach is like 80 degrees and often times our beaches it’s like 50 during the winter..and you will still see them swimming in the ocean and the little kids running around in panties (or worse naked). You can always tell when someone is visiting.
    Also thanks for all the nice things you said to me on my moms anniversary. It meant a lot.

  59. Lisa

    I love how we can live in the same state and encounter totally different climates. I live in the SF bay area where currently it is pouring buckets!! However we also get the same joy out of watching the tourists.. Now think about the fact that Laguna beach is like 80 degrees and often times our beaches it’s like 50 during the winter..and you will still see them swimming in the ocean and the little kids running around in panties (or worse naked). You can always tell when someone is visiting.
    Also thanks for all the nice things you said to me on my moms anniversary. It meant a lot.

  60. Lisa

    I love how we can live in the same state and encounter totally different climates. I live in the SF bay area where currently it is pouring buckets!! However we also get the same joy out of watching the tourists.. Now think about the fact that Laguna beach is like 80 degrees and often times our beaches it’s like 50 during the winter..and you will still see them swimming in the ocean and the little kids running around in panties (or worse naked). You can always tell when someone is visiting.
    Also thanks for all the nice things you said to me on my moms anniversary. It meant a lot.

  61. thistle

    Hmm…that was a great little reminder of the biology trips to the ocean we used to do out here. Spent a few hours watching anemones devour things and messing with the starfish too…main difference…cedar trees rather than palm trees. Weird.

  62. thistle

    Hmm…that was a great little reminder of the biology trips to the ocean we used to do out here. Spent a few hours watching anemones devour things and messing with the starfish too…main difference…cedar trees rather than palm trees. Weird.

  63. thistle

    Hmm…that was a great little reminder of the biology trips to the ocean we used to do out here. Spent a few hours watching anemones devour things and messing with the starfish too…main difference…cedar trees rather than palm trees. Weird.

  64. Pseudo

    Gorgeous shots. I love it when the California hills are green. When I came more often, I always liked to come in January or February when the it looked like this.
    Great shots too of the sea creatures.

  65. Pseudo

    Gorgeous shots. I love it when the California hills are green. When I came more often, I always liked to come in January or February when the it looked like this.
    Great shots too of the sea creatures.

  66. Pseudo

    Gorgeous shots. I love it when the California hills are green. When I came more often, I always liked to come in January or February when the it looked like this.
    Great shots too of the sea creatures.

  67. erin

    Great shots – really beautiful. Thanks for stopping by my place.

  68. erin

    Great shots – really beautiful. Thanks for stopping by my place.

  69. erin

    Great shots – really beautiful. Thanks for stopping by my place.

  70. Frogdancer

    I realised that my 12 year old needed glasses when we pulled into our driveway, he glanced over at out cat sitting in the middle of the lawn and said, “Look at that bird!
    So you’re not alone…

  71. Frogdancer

    I realised that my 12 year old needed glasses when we pulled into our driveway, he glanced over at out cat sitting in the middle of the lawn and said, “Look at that bird!
    So you’re not alone…

  72. Frogdancer

    I realised that my 12 year old needed glasses when we pulled into our driveway, he glanced over at out cat sitting in the middle of the lawn and said, “Look at that bird!
    So you’re not alone…

  73. goodfather

    Wow! What a *perfect* day.
    I had vision problems as a child, but my parents didn’t figure it out until I gave myself a concussion running into a tree. Our youngest is starting to run into things too, but its only my experience that suggests to me that vision could be the issue. It’s not an easy thing to catch…

  74. goodfather

    Wow! What a *perfect* day.
    I had vision problems as a child, but my parents didn’t figure it out until I gave myself a concussion running into a tree. Our youngest is starting to run into things too, but its only my experience that suggests to me that vision could be the issue. It’s not an easy thing to catch…

  75. goodfather

    Wow! What a *perfect* day.
    I had vision problems as a child, but my parents didn’t figure it out until I gave myself a concussion running into a tree. Our youngest is starting to run into things too, but its only my experience that suggests to me that vision could be the issue. It’s not an easy thing to catch…

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