We woke up this morning ate some cereal for breakfast and then headed for a walk down to the beach with Nash. Technically Nash wasn't allowed on the beach, but Jared is a risk taker. Luckily we didn’t get caught and Nash got to stand in the water for a little bit. He seems to really like the water as long as he doesn’t have to swim in it. After getting back to the campground we packed up the RV and headed out to see some sites.
The first place we went to was the Adamson House, which was right next to Surfrider Beach and the Malibu Pier. The house was designed by a prominent architect in the area Stiles O. Clements and is full of gorgeous tiles produced by the Malibu Potteries. The Malibu Potteries was owned and operated by May Knight Rindge who is the mother of Rhoda Rindge Adamson
. I guess since her mother owned the tile factory they got a great discount. Almost every floor in the house was tile. The bathrooms and kitchen were floor to ceiling tile and there were many rooms with tiles on the walls. Also outside the windows and doors are surrounded by tons of tiles. All the patios are tiled and so are all of the fountains. It was actually really gorgeous throughout the entire house. I especially liked the hallway with the tiles painted to look like Persian rug and throw rug. We weren’t allowed to take pictures inside, but I did get a picture of the house itself. It ended up being just Jared and me on the tour so we had a nice long private tour. Our tour guide was this cute older lady that just kept talking and talking. We were glad we weren’t in a rush because it was enjoyable to hear all she had to say. In addition to the house there is a museum about how the family came to own the land and the history of the area.
After finishing up at the Adamson House we walked out on to Surfrider Beach to check it out. There were tons of surfers and you aren’t supposed to be in the water unless you are surfing. One of our books says that Surfrider Beach is the site of most of the Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello movies made during the 1950s.
When we left Surfrider Beach we decided to head to Point Dume State Beach for a little hiking and climbing on some cliffs
. Unfortunately when we got there we couldn’t find any parking. There were only about 7 spots and all were full, so we decided to head to Topanga State Park for some hiking there. It was a little tricky getting up to the park with lots of windy roads, but we made it ok. We headed out on a trail for a while. All was going well with me being the trail leader for once instead of Jared. Things got hairy though once we came across a rattlesnake. I was not doing a good trail leader job apparently because I did not see it, but Jared did. He told me to keep going because I was about to stop right next to his head so I did some hopping and running and got out of there. That left Jared stuck on the other side of the snake. We stood there for a while contemplating what to do. Jared decided to throw rocks near the snake so that it would hopefully startle him and get him to move away. After many attempts Jared finally got once close enough to the snake to give, which startled him and he started slithering away. Of course he gave a good rattle of his tail once he got in the brush past the trail. Jared was then able to walk over to me and we continued on our way. We went for a while longer and I was hoping the trail would bring us out to the road we started on so we could walk on that instead of having to turn around and walk back past where the snake had been. Unfortunately that didn’t work out and we ended up just having to retrace our steps back out. We made it out ok though and didn’t see the snake on our way back, so that was good.
After the scare with the rattlesnake we decided we were done for the day so we headed on to a campground to spend the night. We ended up going to the Malibu Creek State Park to spend the night. These were primitive sites, so it was a good thing we had filled up our fresh water tank at the campground before. The campground was full of prairie dogs and they were running everywhere. Nash was so excited every time we took him out. I guess he was really hoping to catch one, but that didn’t happen. We played some Monopoly (Jared won), cooked a fantastic chicken and rice meal, and read some before going to bed.