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Sunday, March 6, 2016

In Your Own Backyard

     I don't think I'm alone in this, but have you ever noticed that you very seldom see the sites/attractions in your own city or state. The things people from other places come to see. I know people here in Wyoming that have never been to Yellowstone National Park. Maybe it's because something is close so we think we can see it anytime. Mean while off we go on a trip to another state or country to see their attractions.
     I was born and raised in Southern California, lived there for over thirty years. Yet I never knew why Venice Beach was named after Venice, Italy. We visit So. California at least once a year since we moved to Wyoming. We frequently go to Venice Beach because it is a fun place to people watch. What we had never done was see the canals that gave Venice it's name. During our visit in January I decided we needed to rectify that. The Venice beach area was the vision of Abbot Kinney a wealthy tobacco mogul. The project was started in 1905. Originally there were 16 miles of canals. Today there is only one and a half miles. If you're interested in the full history check out this link: Venice history.

     The above photo shows one of the canals, with walking paths along each side. Unfortunately when we went for our visit it was also the week long, once a year maintenance. They lower the water in the canals and do cleaning and repairs. The boats would normally be floating in water. Pretty much every house has a little dock area and boat.

     Even without full canals it was a lovely walk. It was a beautiful day and looking at all the houses was delightful.

     This area wasn't always a nice place to live. After around the 1950's the area and the canals fell into neglect and disrepair. In the early 1990's the city of Los Angeles decided to repair and revive the canals. Since then the area has become a desirable area to live and of course the home prices reflect that.

     We enjoyed seeing the different types of architecture of the homes. You could tell some were from the era when the canals were first built. Others were newer designs. After walking down paths and over bridges we got a little disoriented and it took us a bit to find our way back to our car. All and all it was an enjoyable experience and gave me the opportunity to learn a little more about my home state.

     The following photo is one I found on the internet that shows the annual Christmas boat parade on the canals. I guess the residents really get into the spirit of the season and all the houses are decorated with lights.

A thought to ponder: "When we do not live in the present moment we are thieves. We rob ourselves of the fun of experiencing the delicious delicacies brought to us by life."

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  1. I have asked myself the same question you did so I decided to visit all the places that others come to Ky. to see. We live in a marvelous country and hate to see things politically the way they are now. I have seen San Antonio's Water walk and this reminds me of that. A beautiful post here.

  2. I used to go to Venice Beach when I lived in Southern California. You are right, prices have gone out of sight. - Margy

  3. Venice beach canals look very pretty, and I can see how they resemble Venice, Italy.
    We are new residents of Colorado, so we are enjoying seeing all the sights here. When I lived in NYC I found having a blog encouraged me to visit places in the city Ithat I had taken for granted. When I blogged about them I had a greater appreciation of those places

  4. Wowza! The Venice beach canals are very lovely to look at. I especially like the boat parade at Christmas time.
    JM, IL

  5. My son lived in Venice for several years and yet I never walked along the canals.

    Thanks for sharing this cute little town on SYC.

  6. This looks like such a great place to live. Thanks for taking us on your walk, and thanks for linking up at Best of the Weekend!

  7. I did not know that Venice Beach, CA had canals like that. How cool. Wow some of those homes are just awesome.