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| p.1 #5 · Dana Point, California- the Harbor |
"There's still a great deal of interesting stuff along the SoCal coast.
But I'm glad I saw it when nature reigned as soon as you headed south from Huntington Beach.
Yes, you CAN go back, but as the expression suggests, it's seldom as good as you remember it .
You said it all Charlie, I'm a true Southern California native and nothing is the same as it used to be.
Surfing in HB, parking anywhere along PCH "for free" ah yes those were the days
I lived in Montebello Park when I was very young (east of L.A.).
At age 10 we moved to Huntington Park (southeast of downtown L.A.).
Both were very nice middle-class towns back then.
My beaches were never to the west (Hermosa Beach, etc); they were to the south (Seal and Huntington beaches).
My family would occasionally grab our old, smelly canvas tent and camp at Tin-can Beach with my father's brothers and their families. For free, of course. We literally took our empty tin cans down to "The Pile" and dumped them. Our contribution to the history of Huntington Beach .
At age 16 I took all my newspaper route savings and bought a 10-year-old Ford. From then on I never camped with my family- but with my best buddy. And we favored Huntington Beach (and Yosemite for longer excursions).
Ah, the simple life of those "good old days." .