SoCal in Autumn

Terranea Resort
Terranea Resort

My parents have been divorced since shortly after I was born, my family structure has only gotten more complicated since then, but for the purpose of this story all that needs to be said is that my father’s side of the family are all living in southern California. When I found out that a conference I was attending for work was less than a half hour from my family I jumped on the opportunity to spend some time with them and to stay at the beautiful Terranea resort in Palos Verdes.

Unfortunately the conference didn’t allow for much time to wander around the property but I did sneak away during the second day to take some photographs of the plants and coastline.

Pacific Coastline
Pacific Coastline, view from Terranea

The cacti were quite tempting to photograph as we don’t have anything like them in the northeast, at least not the kind growing naturally outdoors.

Extreme cactus closeup
Extreme cactus closeup
Cactus flower?
Cactus flower? Not sure what kind of plant this is but I love the soft green color and the pattern

There were also many birds of paradise planted around the resort. I love the simple elegance of this flower and vibrant colors in the petals.

Bird of paradise
Bird of paradise looks ready to take flight

The resort also had some gorgeous orchids potted near our conference rooms.

Orchids
Orchids reminded me of Hawai'i

Waking up on Day 3, I found the sun rising over the Pacific Ocean. This confused me at first because I know as an east coaster that this is not supposed to happen in California. Everyone knows the sun rises in the east and sets in the west, but Terranea has 180 degree views of the ocean, and my room had the perfect placement for this view.

Sunrise from my hotel room balcony
Sunrise from my hotel room balcony at Terranea

Since the third day of the conference was only a half day, when my sister came to pick me up we took the full advantage of the first sunny day of my trip and went exploring.

The view from the nature trails
The view from the nature trails at Terranea in Palos Verdes, California
Cactus thumbsup
Cactus thumbsup at Terranea in Palos Verdes, California
Pacific Coastline
Pacific Coastline at Terranea in Palos Verdes, California
Long and winding path
Long and winding path at Terranea in Palos Verdes, California
Aloe Plant
Aloe Plant at Terranea in Palos Verdes, California
Random Cactus
Random Cactus at Terranea in Palos Verdes, California

The rest of my trip was spent in Hermosa Beach, where my sister lives. We walked down to the water one of the days and spent some time by the ocean.

Hermosa Beach
Hermosa Beach: Looking north from the pier
Pacific Ocean from Hermosa Beach
Pacific Ocean from Hermosa Beach, California

I loved the touching silhouette made by this father and child playing in the surf.

Father and Child Silhouette
Father and Child Silhouette in the Pacific Ocean from Hermosa Beach, California
The pier at Hermosa Beach, California
The pier at Hermosa Beach, California

Chalk “graffiti” speaks the truth. Art Can’t Hurt You.

Art Can't Hurt You.
Art Can't Hurt You.

After family time, working, relaxing and socializing in SoCal it was almost time for me to head back to the Northeast to deal with an unexpected and unwelcome snowstorm that dumped 10 inches of snow on my town.

Sun setting on my california adventure
Sun setting on my california adventure

The rest of my pictures from this trip can be found in the gallery.

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