A year ago, I leaned on the wall behind Point Vicente Interpretive Center, took out my binoculars, and scanned the ocean for grey whales. I watched the sun shimmer off the water and playful dolphins skim the waves not far from shore. Above me, a flock of pelicans flew in a straight line. And then a grey whale breached!
Driving home, I thought about the natural beauty of the peninsula and how fortunate our children are to live here. I decided to write P is for Palos Verdes, an alphabet book, encouraging them to explore the wonders of Palos Verdes from A to Z.
Today’s children have lots of stress. They’re driven everywhere–school, sports, lessons and play dates. Their lives are closely supervised and little time is spent outside in the natural world.
Yet here we have an unbelievable place for parents and children to relax and appreciate the beauty of nature. And when children grow up with a love and understanding of their environment, they develop a sense of personal responsibility to care for it.