Tuesday was a beach day. We awoke, took showers, and Denise made a fabulous breakfast of eggs, sausage, and homemade waffles with strawberries and whipped cream on top. Soon we were off to Malibu.
Becky and I had driven through Malibu before, however we had never stopped and went to any of the beaches. We should have. Zuma beach was the first stop. John and Denise explained that lots of television commercials are shot there and I can see why. It's really amazing. It's a large horseshoe shaped beach with huge cliffs and rocks on one end. There's a trail that goes up to the top of the of the formation and we walked up for some photos.
On the other side of the rocks there's actually a hidden little beach that has rocks on both sides so that it's only accessible by climbing over them or by water - a very pretty place.
After Zuma beach we headed up the coast a bit to El Matador beach, which has some REALLY cool rock formations. There are also a few multi-million dollar homes on the beach. We walked around enjoying the scenery and taking pictures for a while. There's not a whole lot I can say to do it justice - the beaches on the west coast are VERY different from the beaches back home on the east coast.
We left El Matador and decided to try to find the thrift shop that we had heard about in Malibu (Denise had checked to see if there were any the previous day). After a bit of searching and asking we found it. A very interesting place - it was basically a house with tons of random stuff piled everywhere outside, and then inside was a used clothing store. It turns out that a good portion of the merchandise that they were selling came from the trash - after the huge wildfires that burned Malibu a few weeks prior people had just thrown things out because of smoke damage.
Just walking around out there smelled like fire and smoke. We spent a little time there, and found out that the woman running the place is from El Salvador. She took our number and said she'd talk to her family down there and then call us later and tell us where to stay, what to do, and give us her uncle's number in case we get in trouble. Very nice of her.
After the thrift shop we got some lunch in a little sandwich shop and then headed back to Agoura Hills because Denise wanted to get started on dinner. As it so happens, "dinner" was a suprise Thanksgiving style dinner that Denise wanted to give us since we would be out of the country for the holidays. Unbelievable - chicken, mashed potatos, stuffing, green beans, cranberry sauce, gravy, asparagus soup, and fresh home made apple pie. Denise is a very good cook, with a very serious kitchen (all Viking appliances), and it was very delicious.
After apple pie, food coma set in and we all retired for the evening.
Expenses for the day: $43.13
Lunch for all of us: $34.49
6 pack of beer: $6.75
something at a thrift shop - we forgot what it was: $1.89