Santa Monica, California

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Once back in Los Angeles, I still had a few hours before my flight departed.  So, I grabbed dinner at the Farmer’s Market in Hollywood, then drove out to Santa Monica, to bid farewell to the Pacific Ocean.

[tmt_info =””] The famous Santa Monica Pier sign is right above the western end of I-10.  The end of the interstate passes through a tunnel, then hooks up with the Pacific Coast Highway… which just happens to be right back where we started.[/tmt_info]

Hazy View of Santa Monica from Pier

The “June Gloom” was still hanging around LA, so I didn’t get to see a beautiful sunset.

Santa Monica Pier at Night

It’s always tough when a vacation comes to an end, but what a great place to end this one.  After staring at the ocean and milling about the pier for a while, it was off to LAX, and back to reality.

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Note: This trip was first published in 2004.

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