We've had three weeks of really hot weather in Orange County. My air conditioner has been running nonstop and I shudder to think what my next electrical bill will look like. Last weekend we were busy with high school sports … a football game in 103F/39.4C weather one day, and a baseball game in nearly identical weather the next day.
I swam in our pool when I could, but my arm was rebelling against me all weekend and I couldn't handle too much time in the water. I knew it would be so much cooler if I could just carve out enough time to head to the beach.
On Sunday, in the late afternoon, I finally had the opportunity. I wasn't disappointed. It was a full 20 degrees cooler in Laguna Beach which is only a short drive away.
Laguna Beach is one of my favorite haunts. It's so beautiful. It's also a funky little town and I always love seeing evidence of the town's true character. For instance, at the main crosswalk in town they've installed this "parking" meter.
Obviously, there's no parking on a crosswalk. Take a closer look at the sign on this hand-painted meter:
I still saw a few panhandlers, but they were a few blocks away from the meter.
It was such a beautiful afternoon. Right before sunset a little fog began to roll in. Beach fog is a good thing. Fog means cooler temperatures are on their way.
After walking on the beach for awhile, we perused some of the art galleries and shops. Even though I'm not much of a candy eater, I always like walking through The Candy Baron. I never buy anything, but it's just fun to see barrel after barrel filled with candy.
All the bright colors are so fun! Candy, anyone?
I walked out to the rocky tide pools too. I wanted to enjoy the fresh air for awhile longer. We didn't head home until dark. It was too beautiful to leave before then.
I think I might need to sneak back down to Laguna again sometime later this week. It was the first time I've felt cool in weeks.
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