San Buenaventura Trail / Grant Park
A beach hike in Ventura, similar to the one I did a few months ago in Port Hueneme. The Sun was shining but a cool breeze kept things pleasant. I would say that the major drawback here is the number of people. I didn’t feel like I had a solitary moment the entire day.
Also at Soter Point is a statue of a mermaid, a gift to Ventura from it’s sister city in Russia.
Every few hundred yards another jetty sticks out into the surf.
After a couple of miles I closed in on Ventura Pier.
There is an unusual design element at the end of the pier – a big doughnut shaped deck.
The trail passes by the Ventura County fairgrounds, turns inland at the Ventura River Estuary and continues on all the way to Ojai, some 9.5 miles away.
I had one more destination on my itinerary. I backtracked to the area right before the fairgrounds on Figueroa Street and began walking toward old Ventura. You’ll know you’re heading in the right direction because when you look at this overpass it has the word “Downtown” scrawled across the top. There are murals painted under the overpass as well, giving a bit of Ventura history. An odd inclusion in the murals – Jerry Garcia, complete with missing fingertip, as a train conductor. I searched for some connection between Garcia and Ventura but couldn’t find one except that the Jerry Garcia Band had played the Ventura Fairgrounds.
I continued up the street and into the downtown area with it’s shops and historic buildings.
I reached the parking area at the top of Grant Park. Just below is Serra Cross.
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I parked myself on one of the benches, ate lunch and enjoyed the fantastic view.