In 1827, Don Dolores Sepulveda received an original land grant to Rancho de los Palos Verdes that supported several thousand heads of cattle and a flourishing hacienda. In 1913, the founding father of the Peninsula, Frank Vanderlip, bought the 16,000-acre Palos Verdes Peninsula and embarked on a grand vision to develop the “Palos Verdes Project” into the most fashionable and exclusive residential colony in the nation. The first homes appeared in the region in 1924, two years before the historic Point Vicente Lighthouse was built.
Then, nearly 30 years later, Marineland of the Pacific opened in Palos Verdes in 1954. Marineland was the world’s largest oceanarium, featuring sea life, entertainment, and research facilities. Opening one year before Disneyland, many consider Marineland to be California’s first major theme park, and it remained a major attraction to the area until it closed in 1987.
Rancho Palos Verdes takes its name from Cañada de Palos Verdes, or “canyon of green trees,” and was originally inhabited by the Gabrielino-Tongva Tribe.
Abalone Cove State Marine Conservation Area (SMCA) and Point Vicente State Marine Reserve (SMR) are two adjoining marine protected areas that extend offshore in Los Angeles County on California’s south coast. The two marine protected areas cover 19.87 square miles. The marine protected areas protect natural habitats and marine life by protecting or limiting removal of wildlife from within their boundaries. Point Vicente SMR, prohibits all take of living marine resources
It was over 100 degrees in Los Angeles during Labor Day weekend. The plan was to hang out around the beach coast to stay cooler during the day and come back into the city at night. Lady Egg and I had a great time exploring and discovering this part of Los Angeles which is so close but seems like a world away.
Post hike meal was over the hill in Torrance at a Japanese Soba Shop called Ichimi-An where I got the soba and spicy tuna bowl combo. It’s a small place with 5 tables and an eating bar but authentic and well executed.
At night we watched a movie, Good Time with Robert Patterson. Holy hell that was an intense movie. One of the best this year.
Sunday night we saw another movie based on a true story called the Big Sick based on the true story of the comedian Kumal and his now wife Emily. Here is the synopsis of the story. Kumail is a Pakistani comic who meets an American graduate student named Emily at one of his stand-up shows. As their relationship blossoms, he soon becomes worried about what his traditional Muslim parents will think of her. When Emily suddenly comes down with an illness that leaves her in a coma, Kumail finds himself developing a bond with her deeply concerned mother and father. Another movie worth watching. It was so well done and brought a ton of insights to family and multi-cultural struggles. Also Ray Romano was great as the father.
On Labor Day, we decided to run back to Ranch Palos Verdes and explore Abalone Cove and the trails around it. Afterwards, we hit up the San Pedro Seafood Market for their famous Shrimp Tray and Shrimp Cocktail. Both are enormous servings of shrimp. I wonder how many pounds of shrimp they go thru in a weekend. Overall, it was a great weekend and got to discover some new places.
Photos were taken via the Iphone 7+, Sony A7II and the 28mm f/2 and 85mm f/1.8