Rancho Palos Verdes


It is always a good thing to go say hello to the ocean. Especially in the summer. The sea breezes, the blue, the calm.

Rancho Palos Verdes, the big bump jutting into the Pacific at the southern end of LA, has set aside acres for preservation which remind me of Claremont’s wilderness park. Both have trails for hiking up and down hills, both have parking issues, but the Palos Verdes Nature Reserve has ocean views and cooler temps.

Along the cliffs is some beach access, including the Abalone Cove Shoreline Park. It takes 15-20 minutes to walk from the parking lot to the tide pools, and many of the tide pools must be reached by walking into the ocean. We looked at the ones on the beach.


Above Abalone Cove, the Wayfarer’s Chapel seems to do a brisk wedding business on summer weekends. It was designed by Lloyd Wright, FLW’s son.




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