Arrived at the California coast in Santa Monica at 147pm local time Monday, 13 minutes ahead of schedule. I have started driving north on the Pacific Coast Highway. The photo is looking out at the Pacific Ocean from the hills above Malibu.
There is a High Surf Advisory in effect for today and tomorrow so I expect to see lots of surfers. The part of the coast where I am now is like Atlantic Beach back in North Carolina – it is aligned west to east. Normally when you stand on the beach on the Pacific and look out at the ocean you would assume you would be looking west, but here you are actually looking south.
There will be beaches looking west as I get closer to Oxnard, where I am staying the next two nights.