Beach Days

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Living in Southern California has many benefits, the best known one being the beach. Now, it is possible to go to the beach all year round, but James and I prefer to wait for hot summer days when the water doesn’t feel as cold, and the evenings are breezy and warm. It’s still Spring here in Los Angeles, but we anticipate a very warm summer, and many beach days to enjoy it. We love to pack a picnic, take some beach towels for lounging, and most importantly: build sand castles.

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This sand castle was from our last beach trip of the Summer in 2013. After making a large hill of hard packed sand, we used a few buckets, cups, and plastic utensils to shape it into walls and towers

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A row of stairs leads to the main gate.

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Typically James comes up with the concept for the castles. He has so much fun focusing on the many details that make up the structures, even though they usually end up being half the size he envisioned.

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Here are two smaller castles that we made on an earlier trip. The tide was coming in quickly, and ate away at the walls before we could finish.

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Here’s one that we made on top of a rock, before we realized that we needed a high foundation of wet sand.

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At least this one wasn’t affected by the tide.

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The water is usually freezing, but we try to be brave and go in for at least a bit every time.

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After we’ve had some fun we like to lounge under the sun to warm up from the cold water and enjoy a lunch. Making a fruit galette is one of my favorite treats for picnics, they’re quick to make and easy to eat!

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No trip to the beach is complete without climbing on rocks and exploring caves before heading back home. I’m very excited to take out my bathing suit and begin enjoying the beach again this summer.

 

 

 

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