Rocket or surfboard? (PPAC #17)

This past Monday was my day off from work as my employer observes Indigenous Peoples’ Day. Usually on my day off, I visit my husband at his work and we go out for lunch. I found this interesting piece of artwork on our way to lunch.

Is it a surfboard? It could be because we’re less than 3 miles away from Manhattan Beach. Maybe it’s a surfboard celebrating the surf culture.

Or is it a rocket? It could be. Aerospace is one of main industries in Los Angeles after all; particular in the South Bay LA area there is Northrop Grumman, Raytheon, and SpaceX. Then there are few more aerospace companies scattered in the San Fernando area — but that will be for another time.

PPAC #17

Hike 29/52: Palos Verde Nature Preserve

Date: August 5th
Neighborhood: Rancho Palos Verdes
Difficulty: 3 out of 5
Weather: Hot and Humid
Distance: 5.2 miles (out and back)

Rancho Palos Verdes Hike

There are a lot of hiking trails around where we live — we have mountains such as the Santa Monica mountains, San Gabriel, and Verdugos. We have canyons such as Eaton, Fryman, La Tuna, Franklin, and many other nature spaces all within less than an hour drive from our house.

That day, I told my husband I wanted to venture out and I was willing to drive a little bit further from home to hike. So we drive a little more than an hour to hike in the southern end of LA county, South Bay.

Koda makes a couple of appearances.

Rancho Palos Verdes Hike

I love how the trails here lead up to the beach. We were trying to do a loop based on the AllTrails app, but we encountered a few “do not enter” signs when we 75% to closing the loop. Or chances are, we may have been lost. There were other trails branching throughout the park… And there’s nothing wrong with doing a little exploring. I like the park, but it’s far from our house so I am not sure when we will be back.

While we were in South Bay, we explored the neighborhoods. If only our jobs were in this area, we’d live here. It’s got better weather because it’s near the beach, but without the bustle, noise, and crowds like in Santa Monica or Culver City.

Rancho Palos Verdes Hike