Palos Verdes Peninsula

One of the places we hadn’t seen in LA was the Palos Verdes Peninsula. We had a bunch of places to visit in that area so one day we loaded up Jack and off we went.

It turned out to be a day of better than expected sights (which is always cool) and our first was the oldest McDonald’s in the world. The very first McDonalds burned down, but the second is still operating and has a small greenhouse-like seating area with a small museum inside. The sign was super cool and the museum items were great although I will say it wasn’t the cleanest McDonald’s (by a long shot) I have ever been to. Gotta love some history though.

VERY cool sign

After lunch, our next stop was Torrance high school. I absolutely love Buffy the Vampire Slayer and watched it with all of my daughters. Unfortunately the high school didn’t really look like the show although it was still cool to be there. Better was visiting the house they used for the exteriors of her home, and again although it no longer looked much like the show (in all fairness that was the 90’s) there was a house a couple doors down that looked exactly like her house. That was cool.

As excited as I was about Buffy’s house, Lee was equally excited about Ferris Bueller’s house. That looks very similar to the movie. As a side note every single time we stop and take a picture of a famous home, someone else is there doing the same thing. As discreet as we try to be I imagine that gets old for the home owners, but hey you knew it when you bought it.

Next we drove along the peninsula to a spot Lee had read about. We parked the car and walked down the trail and saw multiple people either going to surf or coming back. This is by far the most beautiful piece of coast in the LA area I have seen and I am pretty convinced it was featured in the final scene of Point Break. Love that movie and the walk was great. Definitely want to go back though with better shoes because the path is on the rough side and we didn’t go all the way down.

After we saw the beach we went to Point Vincente Lighthouse. The Lighthouse itself was gated up but there was a lovely park and visitors center as well as a wonderful place to walk Jack. There are several lighthouses along the California coast and we would like to see them all.

Next we stopped at a nearby church Lee had read about called the Wayfarers Chapel. Even though the fog had rolled in and we couldn’t see the ocean views it was still an absolutely gorgeous church and had a very holy feel the minute you stepped in. This would be a wonderful place to have a wedding.

Finally we stopped at Cabrillo Beach (City of LA) so we could see the place where a major scene in Face Off (Travolta/Cage movie) was filmed. As with many of these it looked different than the movie but you could definitely see it was filmed there. Of all the places we went all day this was the place I felt the least comfortable. Despite the parking fees the area was a little rough and I’ll just say I wouldn’t want to be there after dark. The beach house was beautiful though. (This location was also used in 50 First Dates)

It was a lovely day and nice that we were able to bring Jack with us which isn’t something we can do much here. Next up I’ll update you with what’s going on with us and thanks for your patience. I’ve been pretty busy and getting a little behind in the blog.

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