Last year a friend and I met at Redondo Beach Pier for lunch and I took photos but it was such a dismally gray day, I think it may have been in October, that it was totally uninspiring. There is nothing worse than a gloomy day at the beach so I wanted to return on a sunnier day.
When I heard my mother’s assisted living group was going to the pier for lunch, I signed us up. Even better, when I found out we were eating lunch at Old Tony’s on the pier I immediately knew I was ordering the calamari steak. You can find fried and breaded calamari anywhere but the steak is harder to find so I couldn’t pass that up. Tony’s is just to the left of center in this photo with the roof that looks like a straw hat. That is the bar that at nighttime is quite romantic (I’m keeping my stories to myself!).
After lunch we walked around the pier and I took some snapshots as best I could with one hand on my mother’s wheelchair.
I want to come back on another sunny day and take some better photos. But I always say that wherever I go and the days and the weeks and the months and the years scoot by and I never do return… so it’s a matter of seizing the moment.
In 1988 the pier suffered serious damage in winter storms and then burned down due to an electrical problem. The current concrete pier was completed in 1995.
The seagulls appreciate having a place to hang out.
Wherever there’s a pier in Los Angeles people will be fishing for their supper.
And these pelicans figure wherever people are fishing, they will get a decent meal too.
These pelicans prefer a higher view.
A kingfisher is always on the alert for some juicy seafood.
Redondo Beach Pier is the largest “endless” pier in California… it circles around and therefore has no end.
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Above is the plan of the redesigned pier. Click here for file usage.
Perhaps later on I’ll post some of the photos I took last year of the area. If so, I’ll include a link here.
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