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The Great Attack Birds of San Clemente

Last week a traveled to San Clemente, CA for a wedding. San Clemente is a mid-sized town between Los Angeles and San Diego. Its know for its coastal views, surfing and as the headquarters for Rainbow Sandals. Essentially, its a surf town.

Sunset in San Clemente

Sunset in San Clemente

Being that I was still on East Coast time, I woke up way too early on Friday and went in search of good coffee and breakfast. The first place we stopped was supposed to have already opened, but clearly they were on surf time and were still prepping for the day. So, I landed at a busy donut shop called Surfin’ Donuts, of course.

mmm, donuts

mmm, donuts

Afterwards, we thought I’d take a drive to the waterfront to check out the scenery and get some fresh air. After a quick left turn I found myself on a hilly windy road, which gave way to a view of the San Clemente  pier.

San Clemente Pier

San Clemente Pier

Though the pier provided beautiful views, it was also totally infested with birds. Now, I don’t mind a few seagulls or pelicans. But this was different. There where hundreds upon hundreds of pigeons. As we started to walk down the pier, they were take flight and a few would make like they were going to dive bomb us.  This happened every few steps. Fear got the best of us before we could make it to the end, but it was a very long pier…

Attack Birds

Attack Birds

… but it was worth it for the sunrise views.

Sunrise in San Clemente

Sunrise in San Clemente

California Dreaming

Tomorrow, I head to California to celebrate the wedding of a close friend. In honor of my California trip, I thought I would take a look back on a previous wander in Southern California.

Gratuitous pelican photo

Gratuitous pelican photo

Almost a year ago to the day after a delicious brunch, we took a  saunter down to the Hermosa Beach pier. Having lived in California I usually am not terribly impressed by the beach views. However, that day was different. It was windy so there was clear skies, no smog and a decent break in the surf. There were loads of surfers out and we took some time to enjoy watching the action.

Clear skies in Hermosa Beach

Clear skies in Hermosa Beach

One surfer in particular intrigued me because I noticed that he was paddling out wearing a trucker hat. Who does that? Even great surfers bail out of waves and I was sure that he was going to lose his hat. I managed to capture a great picture of him as he cut under the pier to catch the break.

Tracker hat surfer

Trucker hat surfer

We watched him for a while, but he never did lose his hat.