Dana Point, our very first stop after landing in Orange County.
I had been to Dana Point before, somewhere around thirteen years ago. The cliffs and the harbor stood out in my memory, along with the Pirate ship they had on display. I had to see if it was like I remembered it, or how much it had changed.
We first glimpsed the harbor from the street we were
lost on driving on. This was, also, our first look at the Pacific this trip. Ahhh! The great deep beyond of the Pacific waters. I could stare at them forever.
Dana Point is a little nugget tucked away from Orange County on the way to San Diego. It’s beach and harbor are surrounded by hills. It took quite a few turns (with GPS) to get us to this little gem of a destination.
But we did find it. I think we followed a surf board (and a sign).
We got to the harbor.
We got to the beach.
It was as lovely as I remember it. This time I wasn’t as in awe of the cliffs and ocean, as much as I was the endless boats. I had my boat picked out, the name christened, and I was ready to sail away.
I probably need to move to California first, heh.
We had a nice lunch next to the harbor highway. We watched the boats big and small parading in and out of entrance. We enjoyed a crisp 68-degree day that was (literally) heaven on earth after the scorching 110 in Dallas.
The flowers were not withered and brown, but a colorful display to the eye.
At the very end of the harbor, I found the Pirate Ship in the same place as it was before. It looked a lot newer. I believe they do cruises, or something. It was straight out of a movie cool.
The walk back down the harbor was just as delightful, except for my slippery sandals.
We took it slow to take it all in (and get sunburnt our first day). Looking all around and up at the hillside, I see beautiful palm trees and gorgeous homes.
Back by the beach, there is tons of surf board paddlers and children at play.
The wall surrounding the beach had hand-made tiles designed by children. I didn’t find the story behind who they were or why they decorated the beach walk, but they were very crafty and unique. I definitely felt the charm they added to Dana Point.
I took lots and lots and lots of harbor photos.
When we finally left, we stopped back at the first place we came to, and I took more pictures of the view.
The view is amazing. And guess what? A wedding was about to take place.
I totally creeped on it. We waited, and waited for the bride – maybe behind a tree with my camera – but she didn’t show. Not even after we saw all the bridesmaids. We finally gave up. I hope she made it. The groom was looking a little worried.
So we said good-bye to the view……
And took off for our next destination.
It’s going to take me awhile to post all the places we went to. Hope you don’t mind LOTS more.
So far, it’s been day one, ha.
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