Alligator on the Beach for Halloween

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Friday, October 31, 2008

So the four of us, plus our 6 mos old puppy, drove to Corona del Mar State Beach instead of going to a Halloween party and trick or treating. We just decided to ignore Halloween this year.

The beach is found by going down Marguerite St off of the Pacific Coast Hiway as you go through town. To get to the parking you go down this narrow, steep hill. Parking costs $8 during the week and $10 on the weekend, but I guess since we were there after a certain time (we arrived at about 5:30 PM or so), we were not charged a parking fee.

There were very few people there, a few dudes playing volleyball and random people here and there. Leashed dogs are allowed on the beach before 9 am and after 5 pm. So a few of the people were dog people. There was a bon fire going at the jetty end of the beach.

We parked right up front and unloaded all our stuff, got settled in, and the kids and the dog were off to play. I don't think Pasha, the dog, had ever been to the beach before (we just got her 3 wks ago). She loved running around and exploring.

The sun was setting and the sky was full of clouds, so it was quite beautiful. The waves crashed hard on the sandy beach. Strangely, there were no seagulls around, but the beach was littered with piles of seaweed.

The kids made sand castles for awhile, then we had our picnic dinner: sandwiches, alligator (yumm!), salad, then our treats (maple nuts, burnt peanuts, and moon pies). Pasha ate her kibble. By then it was very dark. I'm glad I brought a flashlight.

We hung out some more, then packed up the car. But our night wasn't over yet. We all started walking to the south end of the beach. About half way there, Pasha went poop. Uh oh. We packed the plastic bags in the car already! DH's ingenuity took over and he used a big seaweed leaf to, uh, procure the deposit and put it in a nearby trash can. Ah, the life of having dogs. :)

At the end of the beach, we found a spooky cave. The tide was close, and it was dark, so we couldn't safely explore it. But it was cool. The cliffs just above were lined with giant beach houses, some all lit up, all of them gorgeous.

We turned around and walked to the other end of the beach where the jetty is located. There were quite a few people down there with bonfires going.

After we got back to the car, we drove around Corona del Mar and Newport Beach before heading home. We had a really great night and didn't miss Halloween at all.
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