32 Years in 52 Weeks – Abalone Cove Sea Caves

When Lisa and I were kids,  Abalone Cove was where she went to study and I went to play volleyball.  If there were sea caves, we were oblivious to them.  We were there for entirely different reasons at the time.  Fast forward to the 1980’s and our caving brought us back when we were a part of the Southern California Sea Cave Survey. Fast forward again to 2012 and Lisa had been watching the tides as we had been hiking to other sea caves in the area. On the day we chose the low tide was a negative 1.8 feet and it was a perfect time to go.

The first challenge was to find parking.  Back in the 80’s you could park across the street or in the neighborhoods to the north, but now everything is posted no parking without permit so beware of that.  There is plenty of parking at a lot that charges at the trail head.  Lisa and I will always try and avoid fees and only pay them when nothing else is available. Anyway,  we parked and started the hike.  The bluffs atop the cliffs were a vibrant green due to all the recent rains and luckily it was as clear as a bell.  In the parking lot there are two trail heads; one takes you to an overlook and the other goes down the cliffs to the beach.  We chose that one.  The hike was very easy, and the elephants have marked the trail quite well. We in essence followed our noses and soon found ourselves on the beach taking in the view.

We continued on to the surge channel in front of the only cave that can be entered. It was exactly low tide and we had no trouble with the water being an issue.  We explored taking pictures and video along the way.  The cave itself was less than 50 feet deep, but the geology makes it worth the effort.  On our way out, we were asked by a tourist to help them down the climb so they could take a picture at the entrance.  Lisa said sure as long as they took one for us.

We left her to her own exploration and climbed up the south side of the surge channel to see the other cave in the point.  The walk around the point was on a  basalt shelf. It is full of tide pools if you have the time for that. You can access the cave from the bluff trail following it into the cove to the south of Abalone Cove, however we were there for photo opportunities and were not disappointed.  Eventually our tourist friend and one of her friends joined us at the second cave and walked almost all the way back with us.

Total round-trip was an hour and 15 minutes from car to caves and back again.

We’d do it again in a heart beat.

Let’s go!



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32 Years in 52 Weeks – Caving at the L.A. Zoo

To celebrate the last weekend in November, and to honor a class assignment, Daniella and I went to the Los Angeles Zoo on Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012.  She had to write about monkeys and the zoo was the place to be for that.  We drove an hour and waited a half hour to buy our tickets.  Next time I will buy them online regardless if there is a holiday.  We were the only ones without a stroller in line.

Once we got in, we made the monkey exhibits our first of many stops.  Dani kept trying to move me along with all the other cute animals that keep getting in my way and causing me to stop and take photos.  I am an admitted animal junkie, okay I said it.

Don and I haven’t been to the L.A. Zoo since the kids were small.  They have grown up a bit since then.  I was surprised at all of the changes in the exhibits.  Dani was very familiar having gone many times with school and the YMCA.  She had a great time leading me around.

Seeing the animals was fun.  We spent time with the monkeys and apes and then checked out more of the residents such as the giraffes, leopard, tortoises and elephants.  A highlight was seeing the new home of Reggie, the famous baby alligator that was dumped in the Madrona Marsh in Harbor City and when eventually caught ended  growing up living at the L.A. Zoo in his very own space.

Dani and I decided to end our trip by viewing the baby animals on the way out in the Animal Care Center.  I fell in love with a baby armadillo that was very active.  It was so cute.  But I never thought the highlight of the zoo experience for me would be non-animal related.

There is a cave at the L.A.  Zoo!  I didn’t know that before I saw it with my own eyes.  The man-made cave is a great replica (wish we had one at home).  It has a few rooms and many formations, including cave shields, columns and stalactites.  I felt right at home in the darkness.  That was until I saw the pet cavers on display.  Sure glad that never happened to us, and the kids growing up as cavers.

So next time you are hankering for a great animal fix and trip underground, try the Los Angeles Zoo.  Who knew it has the best of both worlds.

Let’s go!

-Lisa DeLucia


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32 Years in 52 Weeks – Terranea Sea Cave

On September 1, 2012 we the DeLucia’s, decided to play tourists in our own “backyard.” It was a very hot day so we went sea caving along the Palos Verdes cliffs in Southern California with our friends the Cutlers.

Don and I grew up close by and have seen the area change. We like to tell our kids, Dani and Josh about how this used to be Marineland of the Pacific. The Marineland aquarium lasted from 1954 to 1987.

We used to always go to the sea cave below known as Marineland cave.
Marineland the attraction was vacant for years and eventually the Terranea Resort was built. Dani and I went to the Marineland Reunion in September 2010.

Marineland sea cave is now called Terranea sea cave on the internet. If it looks familiar, that’s because it was used in the movie “Charlie’s Angels.” The villian’s house was up above the cliff, courtesy of CGI.

Let’s go!
OutDoors And nOt

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