Friday, February 27, 2009

California Dreamin' Part 2

Pelican Hill resort is located just across the highway from Crystal Cove State Park, a place so rich in history of the area, both with the "Cove-ites" who called it home and the film making industry. Check out the link if you have time. The historic district is especially interesting. Here you can see a few of the cabins that make up a small portion of the historic area of the park.

Many of the cove-ites built their cabins out of the flotsam and jetsam that washed ashore from local shipwrecks. Much of the vegetation planted near the beach is left over from movie makers - they'd come in, create the necessary landscape for their film and when they wrapped, they left their jungles behind.
For more reading about Crystal Cove Cottages, read Karen Steen's book by the same title.

The rocks that dotted the beaches of Crystal Cove were so interesting - I've never seen rocks teeming with life and layers. They added to the beauty of these unique beaches.

One of the most fascinating things about the rocks on the beach were the tide pools carved out by the surf. The walls were dotted with anemones, the floor crawling with tiny crabs and other creepies. We could have watched these living aquariums for hours.

I wanted to touch the feathery anemones but was afraid they were poisonous or more prickly than they looked!

This was one of my favorite days in southern California. Just walking along with Ken, enjoying the sights and sounds of the beach. I forget how much I love the ocean until I get there again. Probably a good thing being land-locked in central Indiana.

More soon . . .

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Thimbleanna said...

Very Big Sigh. It's gorgeous. It's a wonder you boarded the plane to come home!

Tryllyam said...

Melly, it looks like you're having so much fun there. I love the bedroom. I think I've found my dream room. :)

Now, back to the cold and wind here in OH....

Dragonfly said...

My first reaction to pictures was that I've been there. Then I looked at the location. I am fairly certain I went there as a kid for a grade school field trip. Very pretty area!