Out Walking

California is currently experiencing the “Stay-at-Home” order. We’ve been in and out of this state of affairs for months, and to tell you it’s disorienting is my idea of a full confession. Life feels constricted, pared down its least common denominator and being as it is that I’m on the downswing of the 90 day mark since my 4th novel (Little Tea) released, I’m in between projects. Kind of. I’m still promoting Little Tea, but not with the fervor I had seven months ago. I have the first draft of another book completed, but perhaps it’s the second. Quite possibly it’s the third. It’s hard to say, I tend to revise as I move forward. The draft is finished, but at the moment, I’m not motivated to rush through the project. I’d rather wait until the world rights itself– whatever that will look like–  and see how the pause inflicted on the world will influence how we move forward. Word on the street is things will change. Business as we know it may alter. There will be a “new normal” and how this pertains to my little universe leaves me deeply concerned about the new normal of the publishing business. I’m biding my time, and thinking about a line I wrote in my 3rd novel, Mourning Dove, when Finley looks at his sister, Millie, and says, “Mastering the ambiguities of life is the hardest task any of us will ever be called to do.” I believe this is true in my bone marrow.

One thing that occurred to me at the start of the pandemic is the necessity of a daily schedule. I’m well aware that I live in a desirable location by anyone’s standards– no extreme weather, I’m in somewhat of a rural area, and before me as far as the eye can see, the Pacific Ocean stretches forever. So, I’ve been out walking every morning. Setting my feet to the sand sets my mind aright and my world in order. Suffice it to say, I don’t take where I live for granted, and many has been the time when I’ve wished I could share the view. It now dawns on me that I can. I’ll begin with my walk this morning.

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I walked along Malibu’s Westward Beach as I made my way to the Point Dume Headlands. You have to walk along the sand until you reach the beginning of the trail that winds up to the Point Dume area.

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To the right of the trail’s beginning is this:

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I walked up about thirty yards until I came to this:

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There were few people around at 8:00 this morning as I made my way through the headlands to the ocean view on the north side of The Point:

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To the left of this observation deck is this:

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Which leads to this:

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Which leads to this view:

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Point Dume is essentially a neighborhood in a breathtaking location. There are no parking lots for tourists; all in all, it’s a quiet, cliffside retreat. On the other side of The Point that you see in the above photograph is Paradise Cove and its pier.  There’s a popular restaurant named Paradise Cove right on the beach, and it can be accessed from its driveway off the Pacific Coast Highway.

Since the houses on Point Dume are situated on the cliffs above Westward Beach, there are a few stairs that lead from the neighborhood to the sand.

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I find the cliffs beautiful in their natural splendor, telling of the terrain. Here is what the cliffside looks like between Point Dume and the sand.

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I finished my hour and a half walk through the Point Dume Headlands this morning by watching the waves. It was a grey, overcast, foggy morning, but truth be told, that weather suits me. I prefer to greet the day before the California sun is full on.

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There are other Malibu beaches I go to in the morning, so I’ll save more photographs for another post.

I’m sharing my YouTube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6QbvYwbKM71znGk5zZBb-Q

Because I’ve made videos while walking Malibu’s beaches.

I’d love to hear where readers of this post live! I’m interested in hearing how anyone structures their day, as we wait for whatever will be our new normal!

 

 

 

18 thoughts on “Out Walking

  1. A fabulous place to be sequestered Claire and thank you for sharing your wonderful morning walk. There are uncertainties about the future but thankfully we humans have proved ourselves to be highly adaptable. Whilst like you I have concerns about areas that impact us the most, I am also fascinated as an observer to see the how, why and what will happen next around the world. There definitely seems to have been a major shift. I have pressed for Saturday over at my place..hugs xx

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    1. Mary Smith! My next trip is Scotland! I have been to Ireland many times, once staying a full year. For some unaccountable reason, I never went to Scotland and literally have it all planned for when the world rights itself! And myself of Scots-Irish descent on both sides! I can’t even describe how eager I am to go!

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      1. Oh, wonderful. Let me know when you are going to make it over here. You must visit the south west. People tend to go haring off to the Highlands and the islands and pass us by. It’s well worth stopping off here, I promise. And we’re very close to Ireland!

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  2. Lovely post and gorgeous pictures! I used to live in Malibu for many years and from my apartment, I enjoyed a 180 degree view of the Pacific. Now, I live in Santa Monica and I too feel very privileged to be able to enjoy this beautiful part of the Pacific Coast. Since I work from home anyway, the lockdown doesn’t have such a negative effect on my daily life as it does for so many other people. I’m truly grateful for that. Thanks for sharing these pictures. Wonderful memories!

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    1. Thank you for commenting, Christa. Years ago, I worked in Santa Monica ( on the corner of 7th and Arizona) and spent a lot of time in Santa Monica. I don’t have cause to drive down there as often as I once did, and I don’t have to tell you how Malibu seems its own world! My lifestyle hasn’t changed much, either, during these unusual times, but I will report the beaches aren’t crowded this summer so far. Typically the summer in Malibu is tourist season, but so far, this hasn’t been the case! It’s nice to meet you, here on WordPress!

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