Friday, June 26, 2009
Day Tripping: San Clemente
One of Orange County's best kept secrets, this "Little Spanish Village" is a diamond of a town with the feeling of being pulled between the buzz of the OC and the lull of San Diego.
My sweet friend got married last week in a tiny Swedish town and I had the pleasure of watching it live online. Jessie and her very tall husband are coming back to So Cal for a down home reception in her native city of San Clemente. So Jon and I day tripped it over the Ortega Mountains, down through San Juan Capistrano (which boasts a pretty great beach life itself) and found ourselves quite hungry. We stopped at one of our most favorite local joints, Pipes, which got us California dreamin' and ready for the sand and surf.
We found the pier with quaint shops and tiny beachy restaurants, artists were sprawled out along the shore and every child donned painful shoes as their piggies craved the sand. Dad's carried the boogie boards and everyone had only what clothing, baggage, or toys were absolutely necessary. Going to the beach is about being carefree (and carry-free).So I planted myself above the pier and did my thing. I'm not a plein aire painter, but I had fun, and I'm learning. I hope this makes a good wedding present. Oh, and I scooped up a jar of sand for her to take back to Sweden to gaze at and dream over when she missed us here on the Pacific.
I'd love to know, what are your favorite day trips in your area?