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Water… Summer!

Jun 12, 2016

13346257_10154229554139894_6629779331139653100_oFrom tide pools to shipwrecks, from surfing to coastal cliffs; it’s summertime—which means head for the beach!

Ralph DeFelice is creator of the blog Day Trips LA, where he shares what he sees and learns while walking, climbing, trekking with his kids, immersed in nature—one adventure at a time. Excerpt from Day Trips LA, below…

I’m a single dad living in Pasadena with my two kids, a 5-year-old girl and a 8-year-old boy. I grew up in Upstate NY fishing, camping, exploring, and getting lost in the woods with my family. My dad led us on some nuts trips in the Adirondacks and Montana, and I loved it. I’ve spent some time going on adventures myself. In my previous life, I was a marine biologist living in Hawaii. My job was to scuba dive and go on research trips. Now I’m a marketing director sitting in an office all day, far from the ocean.

 

Sunset Cliffs Natural Park, June 2016

Sunset Cliffs Natural Park, June 2016; photo by Ralph DeFelice

 

I’m restless and I’m a daydreamer. I’m a scientist and explorer at heart, and as cliché as it sounds, I love to learn. And since I’d rather put a sharp stick in my eye than sit through a little kid soccer game on a hot So Cal day, I take my kids on adventures instead. Beach, mountains, museums. Surfing, fishing, kayaking, camping, whatever. California is amazing, and there’s no end to the things to see and the places to go.

I never thought I’d live in LA. I’m not a city kid, and I don’t want my kids to be city kids. Despite living in this sprawling metropolis with horrid traffic, I’ve learned that there’s no excuse not to just get up and go. To unplug, get out of the house, get outside. Within a two-hour radius, there is so much to do and see. Within an eight-hour radius, there is a lifetime of discovery.

 

Sunset Cliffs Natural Park, June 2016

Sunset Cliffs Natural Park, June 2016; photo by Ralph DeFelice

 

To read about these day trips, including directions, costs, highlights, and other details—and be inspired for your own adventures—visit DayTripsLA.com.

 

Sunset Cliffs Natural Park

Sunset Cliffs Natural Park, June 2016; photo by Ralph DeFelice

 

Ralph: Tuna crabs (or langostilla) washed up on SoCal beaches is a classic sign of El Niño. Changes in currents created by El Niño, sweep these warmer water pelagic crabs into the cooler waters of California, and they just don't survive. Throwing them back into the water isn't going to save them!

Ralph: Tuna crabs (or langostilla) washed up on SoCal beaches is a classic sign of El Niño. Changes in currents created by El Niño, sweep these warmer water pelagic crabs into the cooler waters of California, and they just don’t survive. Throwing them back into the water isn’t going to save them! Sunset Cliffs Natural Park, June 2016; photo by Ralph DeFelice.

 

Sunset Cliffs Natural Park

Sunset Cliffs Natural Park, June 2016; photo by Ralph DeFelice

 

Enjoy previously featured Ralph DeFelice photos & day trips:
Foggy, May 22, 2016
Winter, February 17, 2016
More Defelice, November 16, 2015
On the Beach: So Long Summer, September 13, 2015
Rock, Mountains, Field, Sky, August 9, 2015
Day Trips L. A., May 12, 2015
Getting Out There, August 2014

 

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Sunset Cliffs Natural Park, June 2016; photo by Ralph DeFelice

 

 Follow Ralph on Instagram@daytripsla.

 




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