I first learned about Victoria Beach on good ol’ Pinterest. There I was, just browsing through my feed, when I came across the most dreamy aerial shot of a circular tide pool. It was so perfect-looking that I was convinced it was photoshopped. After some internet sleuthing, I discovered the tide pool was in fact real and located in Laguna Beach (at Victoria Beach). Of course I had to see this Pinterest wonder in person! As I was planning my trip, I realized yet another item on my travel bucket list, Victoria Beach’s Pirate Tower, was a stone’s throw away from the circular tide pool. Talk about killing two birds with one stone (that’s my last stone metaphor, I promise)! So off I went to Victoria Beach:
After I visited the Hemet Maze Stone, I wanted to see what other California Historical Landmarks were out there. Curious too? Here’s a list of the landmarks in Los Angeles County alone. Which brings us to Historical Landmark No. 1041: Site of the Childhood Home of the Beach Boys.
Don’t get too excited – it’s just a plaque. LOL
I came across this adorable garden while in Pasadena not too long ago. It’s smack dab in the middle of a residential area, so there’s plenty of street parking. Unfortunately, it was rather overcast when I visited…but the garden was beautiful nonetheless!
That bow, LOL. I wonder who put it there.
Wooo, have y’all been watching the Olympics?? I’m so obsessed. And if you guys don’t follow SNL comedian Leslie Jones on Instagram, then you are missing out. Her Olympics commentary is pure GOLD. Anyway, while these athletes completely SLAY it over there in PyeongChang, I’m gonna try to make it to the gym today. I’m currently on dogsitting duties with this cutie:
He’s a bit camera-shy!
Way out in the boonies lies a solitary rock surrounded by metal fencing – a California Historical Landmark called the Hemet Maze Stone. I first learned about it on Atlas Obscura, and had to check out this desert oddity. After getting off the highway and driving through a residential area for a few minutes, you’ll eventually hit the end of the road. This is where the adventure begins.
I’m totally being dramatic. But yea, once you reach the end of the road, park your car and get ready to walk. You’ll see this sign at the entrance (you just can’t drive in). It will take at most 5 minutes to reach the Maze Stone, depending on how good you are at inclines. It’s gradual, but still slightly steep…so you can take your time and enjoy the view.
I’ve driven down La Cienega countless times, yet never notice the buildings I pass along the way. LOL I guess this means I’m a focused driver? Well if you’re an Angeleno with tunnel vision like me, then you’ll likely have missed this mural on La Cienega as well. You can see it from the road, but it’s a bit tucked away – located at Chinese Laundry’s HQ in Culver City (read more info here).