We have now been on the California coast for four full days now. While it has been fun, it has definitely been an interesting learning experience. I have grown rather fond of the little routine we've gotten ourselves into. Here is a little run-down...
A usual day:
Wake up at 5:45 a.m., J' gets up and drives to our "day spot" aka the side of the road that sits on the ocean that we park at all day for FREE.
We park and lay in bed together, either falling back asleep or watching the sets roll in in the dark, misty morning water sometimes even catching a glimpse of a tribe of dolphins...
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the wash of the traffic rocking the van ever so slightly for that romantic feel...and feeling very thankful that we get to lay here in our fort, in bed while they all rush off to the rest of their day.
When the sun has risen in the sky a little more, to shine some light and warmth down upon us, we do our morning rituals and enjoy a nice stroll along the beach with Savannah, she totally digs this. She just loves all the smells of the beach and the city...and lots of other things I can't smell!
We've been doing some long walks, definitely a couple of miles. We like to know what's around us and if there might be better spots we could be parked, so we walk...plus we all like the exercise!
Once back from our walk, our daily 'grind' will begin... gazing at the sets rolling in, watching the surfers do their thing, books being read, work being done, life being lived, more walks being walked, all the while the salty fresh breezy air playing against our skin and dancing with our hair.
Yep, I love Mother Ocean, she's incredible!
When we're not "sitting still" we are usually driving to see more of what surrounds us; cities, parks, beaches, etc. In the last couple of days we have been to Redondo Beach and have discovered quite a bit in Malibu but what seems to be quite fitting for us, is Santa Monica. Here, in Santa Monica, we can park within a few miles of both our night spot to our day spot...so for now, we don't really feel the need to change it. Of course, we are the *ADD Tribe (*Always Dreaming & Driving) so I'm sure that will change at any moment! haha
The day passes, we sit through rush hour traffic again...with the same people as the morning I'm sure and as night falls, we set up the bed in our day spot...with lights and laughter!
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Once 8:30-9:00 p.m. rolls around, the bed is down and we are rollin' rubber to our snooze spot. We find ourselves a nice level, quiet space to fill for the night and with just a few things to put up in the windows, just like that we are laying in the fort dozing off to usual neighborhood sounds.
Next day...the fun starts all over again!
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It's definitely been a change from the last 10 months of desert and mountains and private space and we are definitely tossing the idea around of staying here for a while. Everything in our lives is ever-changing...which we crave... so we always like to seek out other options. You just never know what's around the next corner if you never drive around it!