Days like yesterday are one of the reasons that Californians put up with all that we do to live here (wildfires, earthquakes, droughts, astronomical prices for everything, and celebrities, of course). We awoke, this past week, at 2 AM sharp, to a 4.2 magnitude temblor off the coast of Malibu. There's nothing like being jolted out of bed by an earthquake. But in California you have to take the good with the bad, or Get Out of Dodge, as the saying goes, which I will admit, I have contemplated on many occasions,
Winter in California is one of my favorite seasons. Whether it be raining (ideally not torrentially), which I am always grateful for, or a cool sunny day like yesterday, winter is one of the best seasons in SoCal. The air quality is wonderful, the crowds and traffic are at a minimum, and the cooler temperatures are idyllic for someone like me who detests heat.
So what better way to take advantage of a. cool winter day than to take a hike overlooking the breathtaking Pacific Ocean? Not only were the hiking trails relatively uncrowded, but we didn't have to worry about running into any unwanted reptiles (namely rattlesnakes, which are plentiful on these trails in the warmer temperatures) while enjoying our climb.
We chose to go the Ray Miller Trail, which is quite far north on Pacific Coast Highway, in Ventura County, in Malibu. As described on the website, "The Ray Miller Trail comprises the final stretch of the Backbone Trail in Malibu’s Point Mugu State Park, an idyllic moderate beach hike during spring and early summer. This well-maintained 5.1-mile out-and-back begins right off PCH and zigzags via gradual switchbacks to a 1,000-foot elevation, offering numerous ocean vistas from atop the tranquil La Jolla Canyon."
If you're looking for the perfect way to spend a winter day, I highly recommend a hike by the ocean with the ones you love. It doesn't get any better.