Sometimes— bliss is found by chance at an unlikely place and time.  A friend recommended Malibu as one of the “best places” to live in the Los Angeles area.  I was more than skeptical, and thought she must have had a total misunderstanding of my financial resources, life-style and career goals.  But, I was also intrigued and willing to check it out as the friend assured “it’s a beautiful community”, and I was very much in need of a refuge.  As it turned out, the Bu was not just a beautiful place; it was a beautiful experience.


To stand at the edge of the sea, to sense the ebb and flow of the tides, to feel the breath of a mist moving over a great salt marsh, to watch the flight of shore birds that have swept up and down the surf lines of the continents for untold thousands of years, to see the running of the old eels and the young shad to the sea, is to have knowledge of things that are as nearly eternal as any earthly life can be.Rachel Carson (1907-1964)



To Jacy, the friend who turned me on2 Malibu……..

“I wanna thank you with all of my heart
It’s a brand new start
A dream come true
in Malibu”        — Miley Cyrus


Zola’s Malibu Road Reading List*

The Story of Malibu  (free to read online)  historical account of this unique place, published by the Malibu Lagoon Museum

The King and Queen of Malibu:  The True Story of the Battle for Paradise by David K. Randall.  In 1892, Frederick H. Rindge (1857-1905) bought the 13,300 acre Spanish land grant “Rancho Topanga Malibu Sequit” (Malibu Rancho) for $10/acre, and just a few years later, an intense fight for Malibu and its beautiful, secluded beaches began.

All For a Few Perfect Waves: The Audacious Life and Legend of Rebel Surfer Miki Dora by David Rensin

Malibu (Images of America) by Ben Marcus and Marc Wanamaker

Crazy for the Storm: A Memoir of Survival by Norman Ollestad


A close-up photo of California Brown Pelican in flight

Read up on the amazing ‘California Brown Pelican





Malibu Travel Information/Resources:

Malibu Lagoon State Beach – water sports, hiking, bird and whale watching, and guided tours of wetlands and historical/cultural landmarks
Birdwatching field trips at Malibu Lagoon hosted by Santa Monica Bay Audubon Society (free, monthly)
Malibu Creek State Park – hike, ride, climb & explore stunning terrain and wildlife of California’s Santa Monica Mountains
Point Dume State Beach –  swimming, surfing, scuba diving and fishing.  Watch California gray whales during December to mid April migration period
Robert H. Meyer Memorial State Beach – an area of small beaches known as “pocket beaches”, including: El Pescador, La Piedra and El Matador
Adamson House and Malibu Lagoon Museum – tour 1929 Spanish Colonial Revival home and garden; and museum collection of artifacts, photos and documents depicting history of Malibu
The Getty Villa – art, architecture and gardens within a re-creation of an ancient Roman country house
Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, Top Ten Reasons to Visit


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Zola is a vagabond playmaker, the On2In2™ recreation guru and primary source of inspiration for this article. Currently resides at Zeester Media HQ.


  1. For an urban dweller you are really truly a nature lover. I just knew it. Glad Zeester is just up the road.

    1. And, I’m so glad to have @nk03262 along for the ride ❤️

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