This is my time posting a TR! How exciting! Well, it all started with my boyfriend and I taking a short day trip to Palos Verdes (from far off North Hollywood ). We first stopped by the famous Wayfarers Chapel. It was designed by the son of Frank Lloyd Wright, and it beautiful to see, no matter what your religious persuasions.
The view from the Chapel:
These pictures really don't do it justice... I had taken more, but they didn't come out.
The BF really wanted to see the beach/cliffs. We made a spontaneous, random stopover, and happened upon the Point Vicente Interpretive Center. It is a small museum/building (free, donations accepted) that has a bit of local history and marine life, as well as artifacts from the now defunct Marineland. What a treat!
This is the first thing you see before you enter the building. This is how I knew something was going to be historical here!
More artifacts and photos from inside the museum area:
Gotta love the prices printed on this recreation of the admission booth (Adult $2, Children $0.50, Annual Pass $7.50!):
The famous entrance sign:
They also sold an audio CD of their Dolphin and Killer Whale show. I know what you are thinking--"an audio recording of a sea life show? That doesn't make much sense." Reading the back of the CD, Marineland officials of the time tried to cash in on the trend of LPs (that's old fashioned records, for you young'ns), and tried this stunt--against the advice of their gift shop manager. Well, the CD did indeed bomb, but now it can be listened to as a strange connection to what once was.
Just behind the Center are great views of the ocean:
The actual Marineland property is now being developed into (unsurprisingly) condos. If you'd like to see this for yourself, find more info here.
Since we were in the general direction, I insisted that we eat lunch at the King's Hawaiian Restaurant and Bakery in Torrance. Does that name sound familiar? You're probably eaten/bought some of their famous sweet rolls from your local supermarket!
It's not really that nearby, but well worth the drive, IMO. I don't have pictures of it, but do visit the website here. It's one of only three eateries that King's Hawaiian owns. One is in Torrance (the home base to their factory), a small walk in location near the 405/110, and, of course, Hawaii! It's a rare treat, and if you do go, save room for the Paradise Cake dessert--a three layer cake of guava, passion, and lime. There's nothing like it anywhere else!
Hope you enjoyed our trip! It was a fun surprise, and made for a lovely day.