Solstice Canyon: ruins, parrots, and the smell of the ocean

Driving down Las Virgines road to Malibu, our spirits lifted after a long run on the 210 to the 134 to the 101.  Dramatic mountain views gave way to the sight of Pepperdine University and the ocean.

It was a new adventure for us, a new set of trails, a new set of photographic challenges, particularly since I had only a Samsung Galaxy S-4 phone camera.  (Not the exploding Galaxy Note 7 with the camera that rivals the I-phone.  Oh well…)

We apparently did the 3.8 mile  hike backwards, heading west along the shady creek to the ruins of two houses and the remnants of a once full fledged waterfall.   Then onto the Rising Sun trail.  Aptly named, it was both rising (800 feet)  and sunny.   Our final descent produced not just a view of the ocean, but the salt scent of the sea and the sound of the crashing waves.  And on the way we saw hawks, woodpeckers and nesting parrots!  And some odd architecture.

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