The saving grace of life in Los Angeles comes with the discovery of hidden natural treasures, remarkably close to home.
Just a short skip up the Pacific Coast Highway, into Malibu and you find yourself in a pirates cove!
You almost expect to see Caption Hook coming around the bend, and mermaids in the lagoon.
Sea cliffs, caves, craggy rocks, tidal pools, kelp forests, and colorful vegetation abound
The beach is relatively disserted, those who you do encounter are friendly, many are European, there is a discreet element of nudist activity but that only lends to the feeling that you are in some far away land