|Rosie does lazy very well.|
AND, we are finally finished with the 3 weeks of twice daily antibiotics - YAY!
We're spending a lazy week at San Clemente State Beach. This state park has about 50 full hook up sites all lined up in rows and about 75 no hook up sites scattered haphazardly around a bluff. Some of the no hook up sites have amazing ocean views...but are not big enough for the likes of us. The full hookups are $47/night, a bargain for SoCal beaches.
|Aloe arborescens in fine form at San Clemente State Beach.|
There's been lots of walking along the beach...
|Pelican feeding frenzy in the late afternoon.|
Sunsets from the bluff or the beach each evening...
We've had the pleasure of meeting our neighbors and fellow full timers Lynda and Ken over happy hour in their lovely Phaeton. They happened to start full timing the same day we did in 2012!
There's a path at the base of the cliffs heading North for several miles from our campground. The San Clemente pier and access to downtown lies along this walkway about a mile up the beach. Casa Romantica, the former home of Ole Hanson, co-founder of San Clemente, sits on the bluff above the pier and made a nice afternoon destination for us one day.
|Casa Romatica, as seen from the pier, is now dwarfed by condo buildings on either side.|
Ole Hanson wanted to create a "Spanish village by the sea" and in 1925 San Clemente was born as one of California's first master planned communities. All of the homes had to be built in the Spanish Revival style and Casa Romantica has been preserved as a cultural center and museum. We enjoyed the graceful architecture, beautiful settings and learned some history of area beach cities, nearby Camp Pendleton and surfing.
|Keyhole entry to Casa Romantica.|
|The Ocean Porch opens onto spectacular views over the Pacific.|
|Inside, the main salons are rich in Spanish-style details.|
|Hanging out in the garden enjoying the view.|
|And what a view it is!|
|Beehive fireplace and gorgeous tile floors in this pleasant outdoor patio.|
After the Casa we walked a few blocks to the library and hung out for a bit then headed back to the beach for a sunset walk home...
|A minus tide makes for perfect beach walking.|
|Back at the campground just in time.|