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