I'm obviously a sailor at heart as I love being by the sea, or the Pacific Ocean even. On Saturday afternoon we headed down the Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) and stopped off to have a stroll along the beach, get the sand between our toes, roll up our jeans (but still manage to get them soaking wet - nothing ever changes!!) and dip a toe into the ocean.
You know it's quite hard to walk in sand, but it's a great feeling. The sand was soft and warm and it was lovely to stroll along in the sunshine (which seems slightly at odds with the snow in the UK back home).
For those not in-the-know, Santa Monica is a coastal city in Los Angeles County. To get there, rather than driving on the freeway we drove the scenic route down Sunset Boulevard and through infamous Beverly Hills and Bel Air, plus Brentwood and UCLA.
South of Santa Monica is Venice and Marina Del Rey, to the north west further up the coastline is Malibu - I can't wait to explore all of them.
We met some feathered friends wading in the ocean as we strolled along - there weren't any squirrels to be seen!
Unfortunately we didn't find any sea shells to braid in our hair, a la 'Monica' in Friends, but it was great to be by the ocean and it's just one of the advantages of moving here to America's gorgeous West Coast.