Equal parts creepy and cool.
I've done rideshare driving (Uber, Lyft) in LA for a while to help keep things afloat while working on the bigger dreams. I've probably shared my life story hundreds of times to passengers, and naturally I speak about my life with Photography. While I explain what "kind of photography" I do, I always mention my love for California and it's landscape. There is a plethora of scenes, locations and landscapes to explore.
One place, that many passengers have suggested over the years, is Shipwreck Trail down in Palos Verdes. It's name is pretty self explanatory but I'll give you my best Google/Wikipedia description...
Back in 1961, there was a ship, the SS Dominator, which was delivering wheat and barley to Los Angeles from Vancouver, and it ran aground at the tip of Palos Verdes, CA. There was a two day attempt by the Coast Guard to save the ship, but it only pushed its way further aground. The crew abandoned it where it lies today and over the years has rusted and decayed incredibly.
There is a hiking trail to the wreckage which has become very popular to tourists and locals alike. It starts out lovely on Paseo Del Mar, but then... It was close to being my most strenuous hike of the year (that title still belongs to Mount Lee), because after the beautiful part, it's about 2.5 miles of nothing but coastal rocks. A great workout for your ankles. Along the way, plenty of slippery seaweed and insects...It's work, but it's worth it. At the end, is this gloriously corroded and deteriorated ship hull, and a tank! What on earth is that tank doing there?! Though the SS Dominator was orginally built during World War II, it doesn't seem to have been a military vessel by 1961, so I have no idea why a small tank was even on board with wheat and barley.
Either way, it was quite a sight: equal parts creepy and cool:
A nice treat...
along the way, was catching sunset among the terrain and seeing a sailboat in the distance. Worth a mini-gallery: