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Respite 2

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 9:53 pm

Two days ago, Dana posted a lovely post about hiking in nearby nature, with beautiful photos. They are a hard act to follow, so I let a couple of days pass before posting my own photos from “house arrest” here in sunny Southern California.

Over the weekend, I spent some time with Mrs. P. at Malibu Creek State Park. (Yes, Internet Scolds, it’s perfectly legal and consistent with the Governor’s order. Save your carping.) Just a one-hour drive during Shelter at Home (usual drive time: 1.5 hours). Here are some photos from our walk:

Goat Butte

Pretty Creek


On the way back, we stopped at the C&O Trattoria, a restaurant we used to frequent when we lived in Marina del Rey, and picked up takeout. (Also legal, Internet Scolds!) At the C&O, they play the song “That’s Amore” and the waiters come around and clink your wine glass whenever Dean sings those words. So we put it on YouTube at home and clinked our own glasses, in a clear violation of all social distancing rules.

The next day, I took the dogs on a stroll through the local nature preserve. From my house, it’s 10-15 minute stroll around the corner and up the hill to the entrance. From there, you can go as far as you like, but the best basic hike is a one-hour loop around the preserve, during which I took these photos:

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Catalina JPEG

All in all, house arrest is not too bad.

Also, Leviticus sent some recent photos of his adorable daughter, for whom Patterico readers contributed a nice little introductory bump to a 529 fund a little over two years ago. (Her February 11, 2018 birth was announced here, and Leviticus thanked us and sent photos of the newborn here.) My, how she has grown in two years!

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Life under the evil coronavirus can still be good. At least until it kills us and everyone we love. So let’s pull together.

34 Responses to “Respite 2”

  1. That is one cute kid.

    Now I understand why you put up with all the craziness in California, Pat. You have a nice view of the ocean from your neighborhood.

    norcal (a5428a)

  2. Not to be an internet scold, but there may be a typo in the birth date of the darling young Miss Leviticus…

    Dave (1bb933)

  3. I agree. Cute kiddo and great post!

    California looks beautiful. I have to say it was a particularly gorgeous day here, but I left my phone at home when going on my little stroll.

    Dustin (b18b7a)

  4. Oh gosh, these are nice photos. Love the creek and tree reflection. On a clear day, you really can see forever. Good for you two rebels breaking all the rules to take a little stroll down memory lane. Clink-clink.

    Leviticus, what a happy little girl you have. Just delightful!

    Dana (4fb37f)

  5. OMG- bell bottoms?! Groovy! That last mirror pix melted my heart like a pad of butter on a baked potato!!

    Nice pix, P. Lots of earth tones in CA landscapes. Wish you had a way to post pix directly– would love to share some LBI NJ pix. Sunsets are more colorful there than in CA, where it drops like a ball.

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  6. Dave, thanks for the correction. I took care of it.

    Patterico (156d0f)

  7. My favorite was the fuzzy pink (deer?) booties.

    She definitely knows how to make a fashion statement!

    Dave (1bb933)

  8. Aw, Leviticus. Good luck ever trying to say “no” to that little cutie pie.

    JVW (54fd0b)

  9. While we do have a natural wildlife preserve, it’s nowhere as beautiful as these pictures, because it’s mostly mesquite brush. We also have the World Birding Center, which is a major tourist site for Winter Texans, many of whom are birders. Virtually every migratory bird in the country stops in Rio Grande Valley on their way south for the winter, to its a great place if you like taking pictures of rare birds.

    What we do have is the National Shrine in San Juan. It’s the most visited shrine in North America. It has the most wonderful walkway with bronze statues commemorating each of the Stations of the Cross. Every Easter I make a pilgrimage. The walkway is very meditative and contemplative.

    Assuming it’s open this year, I could take pictures and email them to you. I’m sure you’ll find them inspirational.

    Gawain's Ghost (b25cd1)

  10. Nature heals. Love the photos. Dumb question – Is that Catalina Island behind the prickly pear cactus?
    Gorgeous little girl, Leviticus.

    mg (8cbc69)

  11. Yes, that’s Catalina.

    Dave (1bb933)

  12. Wonderful photos! Beautiful child. I bet she learned to stand that way (in front of the mirror) from one of her parents, but which?

    felipe (023cc9)

  13. Major outbreak of the germ in Rancho Palos Verdes at (where else?) the Trump National Golf Club…

    On a Sunday evening two weeks and an eternity ago, Susan Brooks rang in her seventh decade, disco style, in the upstairs ballroom at the Trump National Golf Club in Rancho Palos Verdes.

    There were local politicos, hors d’oeuvres, dancing and a lingering, if not overriding, worry of the novel coronavirus, which on March 8 had yet to paralyze daily life in Southern California.

    There was also, it turns out, the virus itself. Brooks learned a week later a party-goer had tested positive for COVID-19, the infection caused by the coronavirus. She soon tested positive herself, along with three other guests.

    “Another 10 people have reported feeling ill but have not been tested”

    RPV is Patrick’s neck of the woods, although I’m sure he would never patronize an establishment of such ill-repute…

    Dave (1bb933)

  14. Mr. Leviticus, you have a lovely daughter.

    nk (1d9030)

  15. Ecce pulchritudo! The whole post is sublime.

    nk (1d9030)

  16. That is a beautiful child!

    PRO TIP: as a father of now-grown girls, when boys come to call (and they WILL come to call), always insist on meeting them, and always arrange to be cleaning a shotgun.

    Ragspierre (d9bec9)

  17. That is a precious daughter who rocks New Mexico colors and clothes.

    DRJ (15874d)

  18. What beautiful places you have to see in California. Thank you for sharing the photos.

    DRJ (15874d)

  19. These pictures are great! Thank you for posting them.

    Time123 (dba73f)

  20. Great pictures. I think it’s important to get out of the house and get some fresh air and sunshine. You just have to use common sense. I’m on Cape Cod and I try and take a walk on the beach every day. There are a fair amount of people also doing this considering it’s March in Massachusetts. Everybody keeps a healthy distance.

    There is a small independent grocery store in town. I can place orders online. They bring the bags out and put them in the back of my hatch back. There is also a local restaurant I can do the same. Right now I’m torn between wanting to support some local businesses and just hunkering down.

    Mattsky (55d339)

  21. Where on the Cape, Mattsky?

    mg (8cbc69)

  22. Orleans.

    Mattsky (55d339)

  23. Beautiful. I think there should be a new rule that no one is allowed to complain about living in CA anymore :)

    JRH (52aed3)

  24. Orleans is such a beautiful place.
    I buy from the fish mongers in Orleans a couple times a week.

    mg (8cbc69)

  25. How’s your granddaughter, mg?

    Ragspierre (d9bec9)

  26. Beautiful pictures from Patterico.

    Beautiful daughter from Leviticus.

    Kishnevi (7eee2b)

  27. Doing great, Ragspierre. Thanks. She is coming home tomorrow.

    mg (8cbc69)

  28. EXCELLENT news, mg. I hope she mends well!

    Ragspierre (d9bec9)

  29. Happy to hear the news, mg.

    JVW (54fd0b)

  30. Nice Walk Patterico—too bad if the City Parks and Recreation Department shut all parks and hiking trails down like they did last nigiht.

    Skeptical Voter (613a87)

  31. No respites in Chicago:

    CHICAGO (CBS) — Visibly frustrated with reports of gatherings throughout Chicago, Mayor Lori Lightfoot delivered a stern warning to those who continue to get together during the COVID-19 pandemic: We will shut it down and you may be arrested.

    “Stay at home. Only go out for essentials. You have to readjust your thinking. Be smart,” Lightfoot said. “Not only will our police be deployed to shut them down if you are not abiding by these orders we will be forced to shut down the parks and lakefront. The situation Is deadly serious and we need you take it deadly seriously.”

    Lightfoot added that spending long periods of time outdoors, anywhere, is not allowed. And neither is going into closed spaces, like playgrounds.

    “You cannot go on long bike rides. Playgrounds are shut down. You must abide by the order. Outside, is for a brief respite, not for 5Ks. I can’t emphasize enough that we abide the rules.”

    Closer and closer to house arrest.

    Kevin M (ab1c11)

  32. Meanwhile, I’ve been to Sprouts twice this week. Scored some ground beef for hamburgers. Hadn’t seen ground beef for several weeks. You can stuff the freezer with lots of stuff, but produce doesn’t really work so well frozen. Maybe I’m a snob about that.

    Besides that, I’ve got a lot of reading done, watched too many movies, slept until whenever and wasted time on the Internet.

    Kevin M (ab1c11)

  33. Heh! She was talking to her kith and kin for whom cruising is as essential as their antiretrovirals, and who elected her mayor.

    nk (1d9030)

  34. Thanks, JVW.
    And thank you, for all you do.
    It can’t be easy managing a bunch of rabid dogs.

    mg (8cbc69)

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