Visiting LA: This Week Definitely A More Pacific Ocean

I guess it's pretty obvious that I'm not in Chicago this weekend.

Marina del Rey CA

Surfers Venice Beach CA

I was going to headline this piece, "I Flew To Los Angeles To Get A Haircut." I figured that would be a bit misleading, but the fact is, I've been working hard at so many different things back on the lakeshore that this first thing I did when I arrived on Thursday was to get the haircut I didn't have time for at home.

The real reason I'm out on the left coast -- and staying in Marina del Rey -- is to attend the excellent Good Food Festival and Conference being staged this weekend by my friends at, the nation's leading advocacy organization for family farmers and sustainable agriculture.

I did have Friday morning free, though, and I took my camera on the mile walk down to Venice Beach, a place that is at the heart of Southern California's surfing culture. Here's a sampling. And, with heartfelt hopes for our fellow Americans hit so hard east, my wishes that your waters are pacific.

Surf at Venice Beach CA

Venice Beach CA

Venice Beach CA

Venice Beach CA

Venice Beach CA

Venice Beach CA

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