The first thing I think about when I hear the name San Clemente is “The Western White House.” But that was during Richard Nixon’s presidency which dates me–and by the way, his sprawling beachfront estate was on the market for $65 million last year. I don’t know if it sold. San Clemente is a city in Orange County, California with a population of 64,000, less than 75 miles (120 km) from my home in Culver City.
I met friends at Union Station in downtown Los Angeles to hop on the Amtrak train for the journey to the San Clemente Pier. Our first order of business was to eat lunch–always the most important element of any adventure for me. Breakfast or dinner are also acceptable.
We sat at the end table on the corner overhanging the ocean–like being on a cruise ship!
View of the coastline looking south towards San Diego
I liked the contrast of the red umbrellas against the blue sky and ocean
This bird was getting impatient: “Where’s my take-out order?”
Are we in Fiji or Southern California?
Some nice cloud formations that day to make an interesting background for the palm trees
When I arrived home that evening I felt like I’d been on a week’s vacation. Always good to get out of town even if it’s for a few hours.