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Rolling Down the Pacific Coast Highway in California – Day 3
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Rolling Down the Pacific Coast Highway in California – Day 3

Good morning everyone I hope your evening was enjoyable and you had a good night's sleep. After breakfast our day will start off at the Malibu Lagoon Museum and Lagoon.

Malibu Lagoon Museum and Lagoon

The museum found at 23200 Pacific Coast Highway is inside the Adamson House. The parking lot found at Surf rider Beach next to PCH allows all handicap cars to park near the Adamson House. To arrive at the museum follow the garden path leading from the parking lot to the house. Spend some time in the garden enjoying the flowers, view of the lagoon, and reading the interpretive signs along the way.

The Adamson House is one of Malibu's registered historic landmarks built in 1929 for Malibu Potteries. Follow the walkway to a two-inch step leading to a concrete patio and the kitchen courtyard. The courtyard leads to a handicap ramp entering the first floor of the house. The main house is beautiful with plenty of history and art to view. The museum is split into different sections. After visiting the main house follow the courtyard to the former garage. The path is uneven but easy to navigate the stone paving. To enter the museum of ceramic art and design a steep two-foot ramp leads to the garage.

The rear courtyard filled with vibrantly colored hand-painted tiles has a three-inch step up from the path. Spend some time in the courtyard looking for the spider and web in the medal tracery of the screen doors. A fountain sits in the courtyard that has one asymmetric tile in the fountain wall. Try finding the tile; the unofficial record time for finding the tile was 23 seconds. Many visitors have a hard time spotting the tile on the first visit but eventually find it after several visits.

A picnic table found west of the main house-sits at the bottom of a grassy hill. The hill is steep and difficult to come back up for manual wheelchair riders. A motorized wheelchair can easily make it down and up the hill. The bathroom found in the garage has easy access for wheelchairs and grab bars. Driving west two miles to Cross Creek Road we will visit:

Malibu Lagoon

The parking area has two handicap spaces that lead to the packed dirt trails through 13-acres of wetland preserve. The solid wooden footbridge crosses Malibu Creek channels. The trails have display panels describing the flora and fauna that live above and below the waterline. The gray whales pass by this location between late November and early May. Bring binoculars with you for watching the whales and birds in the area. The trails easily accessed by wheelchairs in the summer months. After rain the trails form puddles and your chair will sink into the ground in places.

Next stop down the Pacific Coast highways is:

Topanga County Beach

The beach is a broad, flat expanse of fine-grained sand. The main entrance is down the coast off Topanga Canyon Boulevard. Take the second exit 750-feet further down the coast that has two beach level handicap spaces near the picnic tables on hard packed dirt. On a clear day you can see Catalina Island 22 miles off the coast. Enjoy a picnic lunch on the beach and when done flag down one of the lifeguards. The County has two beach handicap wheelchairs you can borrow. Take a stroll down the beach and enjoy the view of Catalina Island. Near the handicap parking accessible bathroom is at the lifeguard headquarters.

Spend the rest of the afternoon enjoying the beach and sunset. Drive down the coast and take in the wonderful sights that lead you to Santa Monica Bay. Here you can find excellent restaurants and plenty of shops and markets on the highway. Spend the night in Santa Monica Bay. Tomorrow we start the day off at the Will Rogers State beach. Good night and enjoy your evening. See you tomorrow as we continue to explore the California Coastline.

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  1. Zun
    Zun
    I love your vacation planning. This is a wonderful place to visit.
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  2. Scott Desmond
    Malibu is such a great place to visit. Nice information
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  3. Elaine Herandez
    Are you sure you are not a vacation planner? I have been following your posts on this trip and you have excellent information and ideas for a cruise down the highway.
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  4. Julie Davis
    Love your blog
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  5. Arvi Kuld
    Very nice information
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  6. Rolling STICKSandSTONES
    You should be here, but you should be working for a travel agency! I am going to visit, as soon as I gather up the change to do so. You may also like my posts http://www.rollingwithoutlimits.com/view-post/Wheelchair-Innovation ( thoughtful inventions) http://www.rollingwithoutlimits.com/view-post/You-Are-Superman ( Looking out for our children) http://www.rollingwithoutlimits.com/view-post/What-A-Chariot (What a wheelchair can do for an animal)
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    1. Julie Sinclair
      Julie Sinclair
      This is so sweet my dear yes I will be happy to read your posts thank you for inviting me
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  7. Broken English
    Broken English
    Voted. Great blog.
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    1. Julie Sinclair
      Julie Sinclair
      Thank you my dear
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  8. bonlew
    Hi Julie, Just came across your articles about the CA coast and I'm thrilled to see that you are writing about it. It's also Serendipitous because I am in the process of updating our website Wheeling Cal's Coast, www.wheelingcalscoast.org to include information such as yours on our website. In fact I was just in Palos Verdes looking at some lovely accessible trails and wanted to get to Malibu but the smoke from the fires kept me away. One feature we will be adding to the website is for people to share their photos. Once this feature is functioning would you be willing to post some of your photos? Is there an email I can reach you at? Mine is bonnie@wheelingcalscoast.org
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    1. Julie Sinclair
      Julie Sinclair
      My dear this is so sweet. I am currently in France with my family. We are getting ready to move back to the United States soon. I am sorry but right now this will be impossible for me to share with you. I work as a volunteer at the VA hospital. I am retired and I am sorry I am not handicapped. I help plan adventures for the young men I work with. Thank you and I wish you the best on your website. Julie
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      1. bonlew
        Thanks for your reply but perhaps you weren't clear about what I was asking which was, Would you be willing to add some of your photos of the coast once we have that capability? Great work you are doing!
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