Since we decided that we needed an easy day, we climbed in the car and drove the 45 or so miles from the base to Santa Monica, traveling along beautiful Highway 1, the Pacific Coast Highway. As we passed Pepperdine University, we were amazed to see a field of what seemed to be hundreds of American Flags, interspersed here and there with other flags. Come to find out, this is a yearly event for the University which places on their alumni field 1 flag of the country for each person who died in the terrorist attacks on 9/11 . It is a beautiful tribute, and there are various ceremonies held there on September 11 each year. A Pepperdine alumnus, Tom Bennett, was one of the heroes aboard Flight United Flight 93 that crashed in Pennsylvania. What a moving sight it was!
The Highway wound on through many beach communities and parks. We were impressed with the amount of access to the beaches that various communities offered to the public. Malibu was particularly impressive with beautiful homes on both sides of the Highway. We are sure we know many people who live here, even though they don't know us!
Santa Monica! Sunset Boulevard! Wiltshire Drive! Legendary names for legendary places. We spent some time at the Santa Monica Pier, checking out the tourist spots, street performers, restaurants, fishermen, ice cream, Pacific Park, and best of all, PEOPLE WATCHING! It was another tacky tourist thang, but it was fun!
|On the Pier.|
|Pacific Park on the Pier.|
|At the end of the Pier.|
|Stolen succulent headed for Florida.|
After a happy hour (miss you Bonnie & Larry) we walked the dogs on the beach again then settled down to see who will be eliminated from DWTS tonight.
|California beach dogs.|