2014-02-24 - Walk Along the Pacific Ocean

~6.5 miles @ ~24 min/mi

http://zhurnaly.com/images/running/Santa_Monica_Venice_walk_map.jpgMeetings during a quick business trip finish in late afternoon, so instead of taking another 10-mile $40 taxi ride back to the hotel near LAX, there's time to take in the sights along the Los Angeles beaches, from Santa Monica pier to Marina del Rey, past the Venice "boardwalk" of tattoo parlors, artists, psychics, and shops where for $40 one can get an instant diagnosis of one's need for medical marijuana.
An atomic-bomb-cloud-shaped sculpture titled "Chain Reaction", made of heavy chain links, is starting to fall apart and has been fenced off, with signs that say "DANGER". Nukes are risky in art as well as in real life! A Los Angeles TIMES story appears the the next day, "Santa Monica City Council votes to save 'Chain Reaction' sculpture".http://zhurnaly.com/images/running/Chain_reaction_sculpture_Santa_Monica.jpg
http://zhurnaly.com/images/running/Ferris_wheel_Santa_Monica_pier_z.jpgRuntastic maps the route. The iPhone GPS trackfile includes a long pause in a head shop where I buy just-in-time-manufactured Hello Kitty t-shirts for DW, plus breaks to take photos of self and other tourists on piers.

^z - 2014-03-13