I do love Southern California -- sun, ocean, some mountains, and always some intriguing new thing to catch the eye.
We drove to Crystal Cove shopping mall (near the state park of the same name, just south of Newport Beach) to meet our nephew and his wife and boys for lunch. It being Los Angeles, the 41-mile drive took an hour and a half there, and slightly longer to get back. Driving Hwy 1 is always interesting -- marshes with egrets (white herons?), a few rivers, lots of industrial complexes, plenty of blue ocean and white surf, some districts with barred windows and some with well-off beach homes.
Crystal Cove Promenade is an upscale shopping strip near Crystal Cove State Park. It's so upscale that there are no public restrooms -- you have to be in a store or restaurant. It had fountains (drought? what drought?), a Trader Joe's, and a superb pizza place (Z;s pizza).