There’s something sexy about “let’s go to Malibu”.
We stayed 8 nights in a nice RV park right off the Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) and overlooking the Pacific Ocean. There were a few camping levels as you made your way up the hill and we were on the 1st level – more importantly – away from the edge. I don’t like parking on the edge of a hill – in any vehicle – let alone the coach. It started in Whistler and I’m still not over my fear of ‘tipping the coach’…
Now RV camping spots are few and far between in urban areas like Los Angeles. I’m certain it has something to do with the high cost of real estate. So our plan was to stay in Malibu and use it as a jumping off spot for touring around.
We started exploring Malibu and you learn really quickly that parking spaces are at a premium; parking usually isn’t free; cocktails and food are expensive; there’s limited beach access; no dogs allowed on the beach at any time; surfing is the #1 activity and we’ll never find Charlie Sheen’s Malibu beach house since everything and everywhere is gated!
So what did we do:
- Drove 15 miles/25 minutes (each way) to the Santa Monica Pier. Surprisingly, dogs were allowed on the pier so Gracie got some extra attention – and we got some extra practice with the new selfie stick.
- Drove 17.2 miles/34 minutes (each way) to Venice Beach. We unloaded the bikes and cruised the bike path through this colourful and eclectic part of L.A. – right into Marina Del Ray. Quirky store fronts, muscle beach and people – lots of people.
- Drove 25.2 miles/1 hour, 12 minutes (each way) to CBS TV Studios. When we were in Venice Beach a guy was hawking free tickets to a dress rehearsal of Season 14’s 1st episode – “Real Time with Bill Maher”. It wasn’t “Ellen” – but a TV show in LA is a must-do on my list. Unfortunately, all cells phones and cameras were prohibited so the only pics I have are this exterior shot of CBS and this downloaded pic of Bill Mayer!
4. Drove 29.1 miles/1 hour, 34 minutes (each way) to a “Star Wars” screening. Not just any “Star Wars” but in IMAX 3D using laser projection technology and at the iconic Grauman’s Chinese Theatre (now the TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX) in Hollywood, CA. This theatre is right next door to the Dolby Theatre where the Academy Awards are held!
5. Drove 29.9 miles/41 minutes (each way) to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley. We have a fascination with Presidential libraries and this is our 2nd one. Only 11 more to go!
This one was beautiful – starting with the drive up; the view of surrounding hills and canyons and the Santa Barbara hacienda style architecture. His life was chronologically documented throughout the library commencing with his athletic achievements through school; his stint as a radio broadcaster; his acting career; his 1st marriage to Jane Wyman for 9 years followed with his 2nd marriage to Nancy Davis Reagan for 52 years. Prior to the Presidency he was Governor of California for 8 years and was twice elected as President of the Screen Actor’s Guild. During his Presidency we witnessed his ‘Reagonomics’, he survived an assassination attempt, he escalated ‘War on Drugs’, and he won a landslide victory in 1984 losing only 1 State – Minnesota! Foreign affairs dominated his 2nd term including ending of the Cold War. Months after the end of his term the Berlin Wall fell.
Also on display was a replica of the Oval Office, Air Force One, Marine One (helicopter) and his Motorcade Limo.
You walked in with a “wow” and ended a little tearfully as you walked out past his resting place.
6. Drove 4.4 miles/7 minutes (each way) to the production office of some dear old friends of mine. We all worked together in Toronto over 30 years ago [pre- IMAX] and they left me for Malibu! They now own a successful production company credited for producing, directing and writing the successful franchise movies “Air Bud” and “Air Buddies”.
What is it about calling up old friends that freaks me out!
They won’t remember me… it’s been too long… they won’t recognize me…
But, it’s a great feeling to call up friends and chat about old times, said Chuck as he hands me the phone.
Hi Gail – this is Jacquie
Jacquie? MPG Jacquie?
Mike – come in here, hurry!
Hi Mike – it’s Jacquie
Jacquie – where the heck are you?
I’m in Malibu
OMG – come on over! We have to do lunch!
– and we did…
They did remember me! Yes, 30 years is a long time but that didn’t matter. There was conversation about babies born, divorces, re-marriages, deaths, work and “what are your girls up to?” AND, they did recognize me – “wow, you haven’t changed”…
Yes, we spent a lot of time driving back and forth around this huge metropolis but hangin’ in Malibu was a blast. It is sexy – just a lot of hype and a little over-rated… AND, we did see Dick Van Dyke at the grocery store.