Sunday, December 10, 2017

Malibu, part 6 --- Malibu Beach RV, Magic Castle, on to Palm Springs

The view through the front window of our motor home

Roger here...  We have alluded to the Malibu Beach RV Park in recent posts.  It is time to show some of its assets.  The views are absolutely jaw-dropping.  The opening photo shows our view from inside the motor home.  The pictures below show the view from our campsite sitting area in the back.

When walking around the park, this view of the mountains dominated the mountain landscape on the opposite side of the ocean.

We have talked about the best dog walk ever by the sea several times, but looking in different directions brought other interesting views.

The long-distance view in the photo below shows Cher's ocean home.

Looking up the hill, we see visions of RVs hugging the bluff --- especially Airstreams (which seem to be everywhere we look).

This sunset picture was taken from our site on our last night in the park.  

Is that another Airstream?

On our final evening dog walk, we encountered an amazing full moon.  The next day we discovered that it was a rare super moon.  At times like these I wish I had a better camera (operated by a better photographer).

The Magic Castle...

We cannot finish our posts about our stay in Malibu without talking about our fascinating evening at the Magic Castle in Hollywood.

Only magicians who are members of The Academy of Magical Arts and their guests are allowed to attend the multiple magic shows in this iconic spot.  Atul has a friend who is a member who was able to get us in.  

All attendees were required to dress up --- jackets and ties mandatory. All attendees were required to eat a delicious dinner at the castle (reservations required).  It was an expensive venture, but so very much worth it.  

Pictures were not allowed inside, but suffice it to say that the multiple magic shows in both large and intimate settings were fascinating.  

Our favorite was a duo The Clairvoyants (who have appeared on America's Got Talent).  It was mind-boggling.  How did they know those things?  At one point they called Robyn to the stage.  The blindfolded female psychic (Amilie?) identified a make-up pouch in her purse with a cat on the front.  There was a cat on the front!  There was no way she could have known that!  Wow.  

We are embarrassed that we did not know this place existed.  We were truly amazed by the atmosphere and by the performances that we experienced.  I cannot say enough good things about the Magic Castle.

After the show, the valet who retrieved Atul's car took our picture.  We spent the night at their house and said goodbye, knowing that we would see them soon at their wedding.

Our last day in Malibu was a quiet one.  We found a tony grocery to buy food for our next journey.  We stopped at a Starbucks for mocha frappuccinos to celebrate our unforgettable time here.

A Sunday morning drive on the I-10 through Los Angeles brought us to the Palm Springs area the next day.  (I planned the drive through L.A. on a Sunday in advance.  Good move Roger!)  The drive in the motor home was really not that bad. 

 The wedding is on the horizon.

One more sunset picture from Malibu...

Pet Picture of the Day...

Tequila and Bandido chillin' at the Emerald Desert RV Resort, our new location in Palm Desert, on a perfect day.

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