With temperatures soaring in West Hollywood today and after months of physical therapy, water leaks in our condo and a puppy getting bored with the same old neighbourhood walks, it was time to head to the dog beach to cool off and blow the cobwebs away.
Of late, a calf strain has prevented me from taking Cooper hiking at Runyon Canyon and the stormy El Niño weather has caused strong currents and waves along the coast, so it's been a while since our big Labrador has had a chance to play amongst the surf and get some of that pent up energy out.
As you can see from these photos, the weather was perfect down at Huntington Dog Beach today, however even though the waves look quite calm, the swell was still quite strong.
Obviously that didn't stop Cooper from diving in, but we still we took care to make sure he wasn't swept away (although fortunately there were plenty of surfers around to rescue him if he was).
Walking through sand hasn't been that advisable for my calf injury either, so that's another reason I've kept away from the beach too.
As ever, walking along the shoreline and seeing Cooper play and wading through the waves was a real tonic and a nice break from sitting behind a computer all day, or driving around in crazy L.A. traffic.
Here's hoping this isn't the only time we can escape to the beach this year, especially when it's so calm and quiet.
Can you believe this is Southern California in February? Simply glorious...