This was the extremely clear view of Downtown Los Angeles, California as my plane landed at LAX!
WOW! What a beautiful day!
And here I was landing about 9:30am with the whole day stretched out before me.
I was telling my body clock to shut up as it was reminding me that I had been up and going since 12:30am California time. There was NO WAY I wanted to nap away this gifted day. Not a chance.
Picking up my 100 lbs of quilt duffles and suitcase, throwing everything onto a rented rolling cart, I made my way to the curb only to find after a phone call that my driver was waiting INSIDE the terminal.
Yep. You know those lines of drivers holding people’s names on placards? I evidently walked right past the guy with my name on a sign, hell bent on getting what might be the last remaining rolling rent-a-cart (This has happened before!) and making sure that all of my luggage had indeed arrived since I almost missed my connection in Atlanta.
Only a small delay –I found my driver and I was off by town car from LAX to John Wayne airport in nearby Orange County where I would be meeting up with Linda, transfer my stuff to HER car, and make our way to San Clemente.
((And fighting off that need for a nap!))
San Clemente Pier!
My heart skipped a beat when we drove closer to San Clemente and I could actually see the ocean from the car. It was just past noon at this time. Linda and I had shared an early lunch at California Pizza Kitchen on our way as I was starving. Or close to it. Best gluten free pizza EVER!
Side bar: When in California, just order iced tea. It doesn’t come sweet. You don’t have to specifically order UNsweet to get it the way you want it. Trust me. And they will know “You’re not from here…” if you use the UN word.
Because it was still so early and I couldn’t check into the hotel yet, we parked the car and got in a good long walk from the car to the pier. Oh, if I could ever describe the perfect day, this would be it. Sunshine, no clouds, not even a breeze. 84 degrees. People out enjoying the beach, the grassy areas, dogs and bikes and strollers and all. Loving life. Being out in it. Participating in it.
Looking south from the pier.
The surf is the icing on the ocean.
Looking north from the pier.
Complete with salty ocean air!
This is one long pier!
Who are you looking at??
Pardon my ray of sunshine!
I took many more photos yesterday, walking around town, enjoying the flowers, the old white stucco buildings with red tiled roofs, and best of all…the sunset, which was incredible from every angle.
And that surf? It is CHILLY!
And that surf? It is CHILLY!
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|San Clemente Pier, Feb 2016|
I took this bench saying LITERALLY!
Dairy free – as I’m watching my cholesterol. Did you know the ices at Baskin Robbin have only 100 calories per scoop? After over 17,000 steps on my fit bit yesterday, I treated myself to a double scoop.
And there she goes….
This morning I am giving a presentation to the Surfside Quilters Guild here in San Clemente. Rumor has it that we’ll be enjoying lunch in the beautiful downtown area of San Clemente afterward, and I can’t wait to get to know these ladies. And gentlemen too if we have any! Workshop tomorrow. But hopefullly one more gorgeous sunset to enjoy before then!
Quiltville Quote of the Day!
Every day, do something that will lead you closer to where you want to be!
Vintage trip around the world quilt from my collection.
Happy Tuesday, everyone!