sábado, 10 de febrero de 2018

Hiking the Ocean Trail Reserve to Abalone Cove | Palos Verdes Nature Preserve, CA

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The Ocean Trails Ecological Reserve is part of the Palos Verdes Nature Preserve. There are 54-acre park just waiting to be explored! We follow a trail through the shoreline to Abalone Cove.

The trailhead is located at W 25th St Rd. Different paths take you to the edge of the cliff, connecting with Catalina Trail. It is a pathway adjacent to Trump National Golf Course along the cliff side with various paths also leading down to the rocky shore below. After reaching the end of the beach you will see a dirt road that takes you up the hillside, this is Dudleya Trail.

Trailhead


Now, the Catalina Trail continues until it reaches Rancho Palos Verdes Beach. It is an approximately a mile and a half of rocky and sandy beach located beneath Trump National Golf Course. Continue walking north to a private beach at Portuguese Bend Beach Club.

❗ Anyone can walk the beach in front of the club. Just stay back from the private facilities. 

Rancho Palos Verdes Beach


The route along Portuguese Bend Cove Beach is rocky and narrow. Close to Inspiration Point, you can hike up the Archery Coastal Trail to reach the highway (Palos Verdes Drive South). Turn left and walk carefully along the side of the road to find the path that puts you out into Abalone Cove.

The tide pools at Abalone Cove allow visitors to see a wide variety of marine life. 🐟🐚🐙

Portuguese Bend Cove Beach

Palos Verdes Drive South

Abalone Cove


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domingo, 4 de febrero de 2018

Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve Trail | Huntington Beach, CA

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The Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve is an approximately 1,300 acre coastal estuary in the city of Huntington Beach, California. A three-mile trail system offers outdoor activity and immersion in nature. There are two entrances, each with parking and portable restrooms. An interpretive center operated by the Bolsa Chica Conservancy is located by the north parking lot.

In World War II, a portion of the wetlands was used by troops to watch for enemy attacks. The facility is now a protected wetland.

A large part of reserve is also one of the most biodiverse regions in California. Habitats include mudflats, coastal dunes, seabird nesting islands and freshwater marsh.


More than 200 avian species have been identified at Bolsa Chica so it offers great bird photography opportunities all year long. In fact, more than 75% of bird species that live in California have been spotted in these wetlands. We could see birds such as herons, ducks, hummingbirds, seagulls, pelicans and more.




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sábado, 3 de febrero de 2018

Space Shuttle Endeavour | California Science Center, LA

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The Space Shuttle is the only winged manned spacecraft to have achieved orbit and land, and the only reusable space vehicle that has ever made multiple flights into orbit. The Space Shuttle Endeavour was the fifth and final orbiter to be built. On October 30, 2012, the California Science Center became the permanent home of the Endeavour.

General admission to the California Science Center is free to the public but visiting the Endeavour requires a ticket, which only costs $2. The Endeavour exhibit shows the story of the American space exploration program. You may stay in the exhibition as long as you like.

The museum displays the shuttle horizontally while it builds the Air and Space Center. When that center opens, the shuttle will be on display in its vertical launch position, as though it’s ready for take-off.


miércoles, 31 de enero de 2018

Belmont Veterans Memorial Pier | Long Beach, CA

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The Belmont Veterans Memorial Pier is a popular site for fishing and strolling in Long Beach. It is located just a few minutes from second street and is surrounded by the beach. You can easily access from the Downtown by walking through the Shoreline Pedestrian/Bicycle Path.

This pier was first built at a location known as "Devil's Gate". In 1967 the new concrete Pier opened east of the old one. Their characteristics are 1800 feet long and 24 feet wide, with an enlarged hexagonal area at the seaward end, and two wings extending 120 feet east and west.

It was renamed in 2005 as "Belmont Veterans Memorial Pier". An inscription was added at the entrance:

The people of Long Beach dedicate this pier to the men and women of our nation's armed forces, as a tribute to their love of country and a memorial to their sacrifice.



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lunes, 29 de enero de 2018

Walter Pyramid | Long Beach, CA

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The Walter Pyramid has become a recognized icon for the city of Long Beach (CA). Designed by architect Don Gibbs, it is one of only three true pyramids in the United States. You can explore the city walking from Downtown to the Walter Pyramid. The route takes two hours and covers approximately 10 km. There are some interesting spots along the way including the Colorado Lagoon.

This impressive cobalt-blue building is located on the campus of Long Beach State University. It measures 345 feet on each side of its perfectly square base. Depending on the day and the lighting, the blue takes on a different shade.

The pyramid officially became named the Walter Pyramid thanks to the generous donations presented to the university by Dr. Mike and Arline Walter.

Home to Long Beach State's Basketball and volleyball teams, it also hosts multiple events throughout the year.



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sábado, 27 de enero de 2018

Portuguese Bend Trail to Sacred Cove | Palos Verdes Nature Preserve, CA

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The Portuguese Bend Reserve is one of nine reserves that make up the Palos Verdes Nature Preserve, in the southwest corner of Los Angeles County. It is a good place for walking and seeing wildlife and native plants. 

The Portuguese Bend Reserve consists of rolling hills, canyons and rock outcrops. The zone contains coastal sage scrubs habitats, a community of fragrant and drought resistant shrubs and flowering plants.

The well-marked network of trails within this reserve offers an extraordinary scenic views of the Pacific Ocean and the Catalina Island.

View of Catalina Island

The main entrance of the park is near Del Cerro Park, at the end of Crenshaw Boulevard. A wide dirt trail descends towards the Palos Verdes Dr S highway. Then we followed the beach trail down to Sacred Cove.


The Sacred Cove (or Smuggler's Cove) is a deep cove bordered by two prominent points: the Portuguese Point and the Inspiration Point. Sacred Cove beach is mostly rocks with little patches of sand.

You can head out to the Portuguese Point where there are tide pools and a sea cave. We saw sea urchins, anemones, fishes, tiny hermit crabs and a bunch of other sea creatures. If you’re lucky there’s also the possibility of spotting seals and dolphins.

The Sacred Cove



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