Crystal Cove Charm

* If you follow me on Instagram and/or Twitter, you may have already seen a few of today's photos.  Sorry about that! *

Crystal Cove is a California state park which takes up just over three miles of coastline between Newport and Laguna Beach.

I frequent Crystal Cove a lot.  It has extensive hiking trails, tide pools, generally less crowded beaches, and beautiful scenery.  Many of the beach and sunset photos I've shared with you were taken at Crystal Cove.

There's one area of the park I haven't yet shared with you though.  There's a section of the park listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  When I visit there, I feel like I've stepped back in time.  Old beach cottages from the 1920's and 1930's, some of which have been renovated, still exist right on the beach.  (People are allowed to rent some of these cottages for vacations and they're very popular.)

A few of the cottages were originally built for the filming of movies, such as Treasure Island, Herbie Rides Again, and Beaches.  Others were "real" beach cottages.

I realize many of you live in places where "old" and "charming" are common adjectives.  In Orange County, however, it's a treat to see anything more than twenty years old.  (Remember, even the ninety year old OC women try to look like they're twenty.)  

Old is not something you see a lot of here, which is a shame.

I'll share more about the cottages in upcoming posts, but today I wanted to give you a small glimpse of this particular area of Crystal Cove.

From the minute you arrive, you feel like you've stepped back in time.

It makes me wish I'd been alive in the 1920's and 1930's.

I knew I'd be staying for most of the day, so I brought my camera backpack, a beach bag and a couple chairs.

It's easy to be delighted by the little things when you pay a visit.


Speaking of little things …..

This mother duck somehow got a bit confused.


You don't normally see ducks on the beach.  Ducks are fresh water, not sea water, birds.  

Mother Duck walked down the beach for a long, long, long, time with her nine babies.  I watched her, feeling both amused and mystified.  Eventually she found her way to an area where fresh water was running off into the ocean.  She was quite happy once she got there.  I guess the whole duck family got their exercise with a long walk on the beach.

Did I mention the word charming yet?

In fact, my favorite photo of the day was of another "little thing."

He's so adorable, I think he belongs on a postcard.

(Notice how he's holding his fingers … sand feels funny!)

I can barely stand the cute!

* I'll have more on this particular area of Crystal Cove in upcoming posts. *

** P.S.  Did you know if you do a zillion squats in one afternoon, (when you aren't used to doing them), you will have a really hard time going down stairs the next day week?  This has nothing to do with today's post … but – aack! **

© Twenty Four At Heart

10 Responses to “Crystal Cove Charm”

  1. gina

    Love, love, love this post!
    Thanks for your great blog….I look forward to it everyday! You just never run out of inspiration and find beauty in many things.
    I admire all that you do in the face of adversity. Congratulations on a job well done!

  2. donna

    Love ALL the pics! The worm rent! The duckies! The little fellow….love em! Excellent work!

  3. Jan

    Charming doesn’t even *begin* to describe these photos. I’m particularly fond of the “Seagullable Inn” and the little boy (but we know how partial I am to little boys 😉 ).
    I, too, did a bunch of squats the other day. I (literally) feel your pain. Ouch.

  4. Twenty Four At Heart

    Unmitigated Me:
    I didn’t carry anything but my camera which I wore on a strap. I brought a mule to help me. His name is Briefcase. : )

  5. Judi

    “(Remember, even the ninety year old OC women try to look like they’re twenty.) ”
    HA! It’s funny ’cause it’s true…. Gorgeous pics, as usual. I have peeked down the cliff at Crystal Cove from the Shake Shack, but haven’t yet gotten down to the beach itself.

  6. Di

    Great looking building. Totally makes a person feel as though they have gone back in time.
    And LOVE that little guy’s hat! Sure keeps the sun off his head and neck well.

  7. Karen

    I just love this tour of such a great old nostalgic place. Nice to know they still exist!

  8. Sandra

    My niece just posted a picture on her FB same day as you of that exact Crystal Cove building. I should email it to you just so you know I’m not lying! haha She and her husband are visiting from WA and had lunch with some screenwriters there. too funny.


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