El Matador Beach, CA
There was a post I found on Pinterest and figured It seemed awesome enough to make the drive to Malibu to check it out. While it was cool, I was reminded to steer clear of southern California. Theres alot of people. So many that its somewhat alarming. A recent study showed that Californians drove 85 billion miles last year. The next closest state, Texas, was 30 billion miles short of that. Pack all those people in the area of southern California and watch the disaster unfold. We went on a Saturday at off peaks times, and we were in gridlock traffic, everywhere we went. Literally everywhere. The lines of cars of people just waiting to park at a local beach were, no kidding, hundreds of cars long. The beaches that we drove past were comically crowded. To the point where it was more people than beach. Still, hopeful as we always are, we pressed on. Hours of traffic later we came to the parking area. Which was full and had a dozen cars sitting in the lanes waiting for people to leave. We left and parked down the street and walked in. Even this beach was crowded. And it was FAR from the usual Malibu drag. If we were there to sunbathe it would have been, uncomfortable.
Still, even with the masses of people, it was undeniably beautiful.
The elephant looking rock that so many pictures are derived from.
You can manage some decent pics, you just have to wait a while for the crowd density to calm down. Or just be half decent at photoshop and remove the other people from your images.
Some views through the rocks. Camera trickery would lead you to believe there are caves to explore, however I took this image in the place Kacey is standing in the previous image.
A popular shot here, easily had by crouching down.
Friendly bird, posing. Wasn’t remotely scared as I got pretty close with my camera.
So, all in all. With California’s ridiculous traffic, and overpopulation, Im not giving up on it. There’s a reason why so many people live here, the weather is beautiful, its nature attractions are unparalleled, even the sun is more gold. Its absolutely worth it to seek out the less traveled places here. Just be prepared to sit in a lot of traffic. Thanks for reading!
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