When I get it in my mind to do something, not a lot can stop me. Today I had to find the sea lion sculpture that Pete back home sent me a picture of. During a non-traumatic traverse of Los Angeles, four miles of bike path along Los Angeles’ concrete river, and countless beach miles, I thought about the sea lion sculpture I had to find in Corona del Mar.
The sea lion sculpture wasn’t in any of the guide books, but Pete’s photo was seared in my mind. As we got close, a huge hill appeared. “Can we do that?,” I asked the team. As if it were a silly question, they all zoomed up the hill. I followed.
The way I remembered the photo, the sea lion and her baby clung to a cliff. We looked over the cliff to which that hill brought us. There was no sculpture on that cliff. On a beautiful Saturday, lots of people were out enjoying the natural splendor. I asked a man if he was local. “Yes,” he said. “Do you know where the seal sculpture is?” The blank expression on his face told me he didn’t. I asked a woman who walked like she lived there. “Yes, it’s on the next cliff. You have to walk down a steep hill. You won’t be able to do it in your plastic shoes.” We moseyed ahead. We searched on the cliff face. Nothing. I asked another person. “Don’t know about it and I haven’t seen it.” I took off my shoes and walked down the steep hill to a lookout. Still nothing. I asked two more people. “Nope.” I gave up, frustrated, and walked back up. Then Steve came running up the hill. “I found it!” I took off my shoes again and followed him back down the hill. There it was. I had not remembered Pete’s photo accurately. The sea lion and her baby were nestled amongst black craggy rocks just offshore, not on a cliff at all. Hallelujah!
Completing peace has occupied my mind for years now. Tomorrow I wear my brother’s wedding ring around my neck as we complete peace. A journey of 14,500 miles over six years. Seven miles on the San Diego Freeway and the San Onofre Nuclear Power Plant situated on a fault line are the hazards I know about between me and this goal.
Start: Torrance CA (suburb of Los Angeles)
End: San Clemente CA
Distance: 62.48 miles
Cumulative distance: 1997.92 miles (97% completed)
Elevation gain: 1821 feet
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