Friday, July 25, 2014

Los Angeles, Day 7

Friday, July 25

Today was our free day - a whole day to explore and have fun!
This was such a blessing because by Friday we were so dang tired.
I couldn't figure it out at first: why where we so tired?
We weren't building churches or doing VBS or anything very strenuous physically.  Finally, Robby told me: we were mentally exhausted!  We had taken in so much new information, and had to work so hard to process it all, often when it was delivered in broken English, that we were mentally fatigued.

So this day of rest was perfectly timed!

Our first stop that morning was the Getty, an incredible art museum.

The Getty is spectacular.  Even the grounds are a work of art!
This museum houses several original Rembrandts and Monet's Irises.  
Something to behold, for sure!

In the section where drawings were displayed, they have a sketching gallery, where visitors could sit and sketch themselves.

Half of us took a seat and fed our inner artist:

and the other half waited on the masterpieces.  :)

One of our students is really a very talented artist.
You could tell it was just what she needed to decompress!

The semi-finished works of art!
We finally called time up on them and made them go eat lunch because we were starving!

After lunch, we planned to go to Santa Monica.

You cannot even imagine the traffic.  
or the people.
For these small-town visitors, it was unbelievable!
After spending 30 minutes trying to find a place to park, with no success, we decided to skip that beach and headed for one much more our style: 

If ever you are in LA, this is a MUST.

Gorgeous beaches, beautiful rock outcroppings that you can climb....
can you see Dan & Pudd?

We all climbed those rocks!

After making your way across the big rock faces, there was a small, isolated beach

near a colony of sea lions!!  There were probably 40 or 50 of them.

These 3 crazies swam in that icy Pacific Ocean!

Point Dume was really a spectacularly beautiful beach.
Being from the Gulf Coast, we are pretty snobby about our beaches, and while this one didn't have sugar white sand like ours, it was magnificent in its own way.

We hiked up to the top of the point to watch the sun go down.

Point Dume was a fabulous end to a beautiful week.

His (God's) radiance is like the sunlight; He has rays flashing from His hand, and there is the hiding of His power.  
Habbakuk 3:4

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