A Walk in the Park

It’s a Walk in the Park – Santa Monica

Photo and blog by Robyn Wyman-Dill

Winterlit is over.  The decorations are being put to bed. Last Monday,Santa Monica rolled up its premier outdoor ice skating rink, returning it to a parking lot.  The sounds of children having fun and skaters in motion are gone now.  Until November.

I recall the sweetness of it all watching people of all ages shuffle their skates across the ice.  It was the only corner in Santa Monica where people actually dressed for winter.

Special events like Wacky Hat Wednesdays and After-Hours Broom Ball.  Rock n’ Skate and Costume Skate entertained the crowds for two months weekly.

I was fortunate enough to be at the Winterlit Kick Off celebration as a member of the press.  The children who joined us from the inner-city and surrounding communities – for a free evening of skating – were saints.   Their wait seemed endless as the ice was prepped.  (The ‘Fred Segal’ ice machine does meticulous work, but it is boring to watch). We all got the jitters.  Speeches.  More speeches. Then, the California Gold Synchronized Skating Team performed for our pleasure.  After a hearty round of applause, all hell broke out.

It was comical chaos on ice – so fresh on the heels of a flawless performance by the ‘ice rockettes’. Got to hand it to the kids who wasted no time wiping out a past perfection on ice and replacing it with – comic joy.

Welcome to my roundtable again. Shall we mosey down the road further?  Santa Monica is the stuff of postcard perfection. Let me bring it home to you.

Right now the winds are picking up, whipping up dust.  Where it goes, is anyone’s guess, and nobody’s matter.  It is what it leaves behind that counts.

Bright blue skies provide a canopy of clean, crisp air with temperatures ranging in the mid-60s during the day.  That’s chilly for us.  Still, locals and tourists brave the elements in shorts and flip flops.   I can think of no other spot more beautiful than Palisades Park. It fronts Ocean Avenue.  Let’s take ample curiosity for a walk to appreciate the splendor.  Palisades Park is a greenbelt of lush grass, willowy palms and California Pines that border a landscape of dramatic cliffs overlooking Santa Monica State beach and pier.

Whether you’re local or long-distance, here marks the spot to appreciate a spectacular sunset.  The park runs from San Vicente avenue to the shores of Santa Monica Pier.

Here all walks of life come to appreciate natural beauty.  As you walk it you’ll see them and enter and exit different landscapes  including a rose garden.    The photo is one of my favorite spots. And, the price of admission?   Absolutely nothing.

Ahhhhhh.  Nature and fresh ocean air!  I’m building up an appetite.  My next blog?  Food!

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