Taking in Nature on the Coast

Taking in Nature on the Coast

While we were in Southern California, we took two day trips to the ocean. Not to say that we do not see enough water in Minnesota (we have ALL those lakes), but it is not the same as looking our across the vast expanse of the ocean, extending for miles and miles and disappearing in the horizon. 

Malibu

Given that we only had a limited amount of time, we wanted to take in as much of the ocean as we could. Our first excursion was to the beach in Malibu. When I was younger and lived in Southern California, I would always go to Zuma beach with my friends so we went to Zuma beach. It is nice because it is in a part of Malibu that is still convenient when you need to drive through the canyon to get there, but it is not overpopulated by tourists like is common on Venice or Huntington beach. 

We got there around noontime and decided to spend a few hours by the beach before we went to explore Malibu (since James had never been). The current at Zuma beach can make for some large waves so after an hour of tanning ourselves on the sand, we decided to get in for a swim and play in the waves. As a note for people who are headed to Zuma, it is a good idea to bring some sort of body board or surf board to ride the waves. We did not have either of those, so we settled for trying not to be swept away by the waves as they rolled into shore. Despite our lack of preparation to ride the waves, we had an incredible day playing in the ocean and relaxing on the sand. 

One note for people who have not been there before, the Pacific ocean is cold. Not just chilly at first and then warm. It is cold. Be prepared for it to be cold and stay cold. After you get in, you do get more used to it and then it is not as noticeable but it can be frigid when you get in. This is why you do not see the natives swimming there in the winter. Even James, born and bred Minnesotan, thought the ocean was cold. If you want a warm ocean beach, go to the Atlantic. 

Channel Islands

Our second sea excursion took place just 2 short days later when we decided to go deep sea fishing. The back story for this is quite interesting because James came downstairs while I was relaxing, asked "hey do you want to get up at 4 AM and go deep sea fishing" and much to everyone's surprise, I said yes. For those of you who have only ever read the blog and do not know me personally, I am not an outdoors fanatic. I don't camp. I don't fish. I don't hunt. I might be able to handle glamping. Maybe. If I really am feeling up to it. I generally like to stick to exploring the urban jungle.

However, I am still French and my love of locally sourced and fresh food got the best of me so I wanted to try and go catch too much tuna for dinner. We booked an excursion that left from Channel Islands and would last from 7 AM until 4 PM. They would even clean the fish on the boat for you. 

Malibu and Channel Islands

Give that me, the person who lived in California, knew that it is cold on the ocean, I wore my Zara moto jeans, my basic black Madewell T shirt, and my Northface soft shell jacket to protect from the wind and water. I also sported this simple scarf I picked up at Mona Williams for a little color to add to the all black ensemble. James dressed a little bit like Mr. Rogers but wore chinos and a thermal sweater. 

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