:: Thursday, November 18, 2004 ::
Zuma Beach surfer girl.
On Tuesday I drove North on the PCH from Santa Monica up the coast slightly to Zuma Beach which is on the coast South of the Santa Monica Mountains. Zuma Beach is known for its surfing so I thought I would see if there were any about. I lucked out and saw the above girl and about 4 others surfing in the so so waves. I figured I would take a bunch of pictures and stood on the deserted beach and took about 50 or so. I can see now why having a camera with a bit of a telephoto would come in handy for shots like this as the subjects were fairly far away and even when blown up they are small. The girl was pretty cute though. n She had a blue and red board and was really good. Better than the guys surfing near by. I had never seen surfers before except on TV or in the movies.
Driving up from Zuma, I took SR 23 through the Santa Monica Mountains. Before leaving home I thought that this would be a good choice and was a direct scenic route to Simi Valley. It was unF’ing believable. Seriously. I started out at sea level and within half a mile my ears needed clearing because of the altitude. The road was a single lane switchback that had dozens of hairpin switchbacks that had no guard rails. Reminded me strongly of some of the very narrow roads on the Tour de France. Some of the turns were crazy angles tight angles to drive up. Really fun! Lucky there was little traffic. Seriously, if you wanted to get from A to B this would not be the quickest way but it was the most interesting to me. Stunning vistas that probably went on for 20 miles or more. Mountain ridges and Canyons everywhere. I know I have been saying this a lot, but I had never driven in countryside like this before.
Since it wasn’t beach warm – and I didn’t see a single bikini the whole trip – this was the first time that I thought that California was wasted on the locals. The place is really beautiful. I bet the locals take it for granted, or at the least perhaps don’t appreciate it as much as the visitors. Who love it as much as the visitors. If it were only a bit greener in the hills, but the place is so damn arid.
:: Mike Wood 16:19 [+] ::