Tuesday, March 25, 2008

California Vacation - Day 2

This morning I drove south down the Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) through Huntington & Newport Beach to go for a run in the backcountry of Crystal Cove State Park.

Click Here to view the trail map. I started at the Ranger Station near the bottom of the map and ran the perimeter along the left side up the top of the map. Then I came back to my car via the "Elevator" trail and the "El Moro Canyon" trail for a total of 9 miles. I have to say this was one of the most beautiful trails I have ever run on. On my way out the views of the mountains and the ocean behind me were breathtaking. Then after I turned around I was able to enjoy running through the valley. Got to see lots of great wildlife, flowers, cacti, etc.

In the evening after Tami got out of her conference we went back to Newport Beach so I could show her the area and then we went out to eat at Duke's Restaurant in Huntington Beach on our way back to Long Beach. This is one of only 3 other Duke's Restaurants. We ate at the one in Waikiki when we were on our honeymoon in Hawaii and tonight brought back some good memories. Here's another video of today's activities...

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2 comments:

Jeff said...

I saw the trail you ran on was right by SOKA University where we ran. Pretty awesome hills and views out there huh?

Jamie said...

Sounds fun! I can't wait to hear about it.