One of the trips I took that summer was with my friend Darla, her Mother and twin brothers. We were going to the beach. We drove south down Pacific Coast Highway into Orange County. We drove through a few small beach towns but mainly we saw miles and miles of empty beaches.
The California coastline was gorgeous, with clear blue water smashing against the sand. In many areas there were cliffs and rocks. There were very few people, and when you did see someone, it was usually in the small beach towns.
After driving for about an hour we arrived at our destination: Corona Del Mar. Located within Newport Beach, Corona Del Mar (Crown of the Sea) is and was one of the most beautiful beaches in Southern California. There are high rocky cliffs that hold many tide pools. The huge waves would crash against the coastline in a violent manner sometimes carrying the little critters with them. They would settle into their temporary home and stay there until the tides came and washed them back out to sea.
Darla, the twins and I explored the cliffs and discovered a tide pool with an octopus. We watched the octopus for awhile and then went on searching through the rocks for more living creatures. We spent the day exploring the beach, just having fun. We were the only people at the beach at that time. We never went directly into the surf from the rock area as the force of the waves crashing into the cliffs made the water too dangerous. There was a cove, where there were no cliffs, only sand and surf. That is where we entered the water to swim. We swam for awhile before leaving to return home.