Caroline 2014

I’m constantly reminded how fortunate I am to live in the naturally beautiful coastal area of the Palos Verdes Peninsula.  The Pacific Oceans gifts us with gentle breezes, rhythmic waves and an enviable year-round temperate climate.  Yes, occasionally we must tolerate the hot, dry Santa Ana winds, as we are at the moment with our 100 degree temperatures and 3% humidity, but it’s usually only a few days until the winds reverse, and once again roll in off the ocean offering relief and a return to the weather we’re accustomed to enjoying.

I love the open spaces, the hiking and riding trails, the hills and canyons in Palos Verdes, but most of all I enjoy the proximity to the ocean and the easy access to the water’s edge from many points in Palos Verdes.  There’s nothing quite like a walk along the ocean bluffs to lift my spirits.  My son recently shared an article stating a new study discovered walking increases creativity.  They are late to my party–I’ve known this for half a century.  Even as a child I loved a walk in the woods, a walk in the snow, a sunrise or sunset walk and my all time favorite was a night walk under a starry sky.

If you love to walk, whether for exercise or to increase your creativity, Palos Verdes offers some lovely venues.  I’ve solved some of my biggest real estate problems while walking along the trails high above the ocean or along the water’s edge.  I snapped this photo of my granddaughter as she watched the waves roll in and out at one of my favorite walking spots.  I’m not sure what she was thinking, but I’m fairly certain it was creative and filled with wonder and admiration for the natural beauty surrounding her.  For me, it was a moment to capture two of the things I treasure most.