Jun 262010

In spite of the fact that it was windy and chilly yesterday, we just couldn’t stay inside when we were this close to a beach. We started out by dropping off bundles of sample issues of the Gypsy Journal at some of the local RV parks between Oceano and Pismo Beach. They sure cram a lot of RVs into small spaces here on the central California coast, where land is at a premium!

Then we spent some time walking out on the Pismo Beach pier, stopping to watch surfers trying to catch just the right wave. Those kids have more energy than common sense! That water sure looked cold!

Pismo surfboard sign


Surfer 2

Further out the pier, there were a few folks fishing. No license is required, and you can rent a rod and tackle from a vendor on the pier.

As much as we enjoyed the pier, the cold wind drove us off after a half hour or so. We did some browsing at the shops along the waterfront, then drove to a used book store in Grover Beach, where the pickings were slim.

Blog reader Levonne Gaddy had suggested we try Mama’s Meatball, a block or two from the Elks lodge campground, for pizza, so we stopped there and it was very good. The crust was super thin, but the blend of cheeses was delicious.

The Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area is within walking distance of the Elks campground, but we chose to take the van and stay out of the wind. We parked near the entrance to the fee area and spent the afternoon watching all of the activity on the beach. We love people watching, and a day at the beach can be more entertaining than an afternoon matinee.

Beach scene

This is one of the few places where you can drive on the beach, and people come here from hundreds of miles away to drive 4x4s, ATVs, motorcycles, and even family cars on the sand.

Truck on beach

If you drive on the hard packed sand, you are usually okay, but if you get stuck (and a lot of people do), the local tow trucks are equipped to pull you out, for a price.

Beach tow truck

Some folks get carried away having fun and get stupid instead. This is the end result when that happens. Whoever was in the cab of this truck must have had a terrible headache, if not worse.

Towing wrecked truck

You can even camp on the beach, and though we would not have considered bringing our Winnebago out there, we saw a lot of RVs coming and going.

Another fiver on beach

Fifth Wheel on beach 2

If you get your fifth wheel or motorhome stuck here, you’re really stuck!

Stuck fiver

Some people choose to get back to the basics when it comes to horsepower. These may not be the most comfortable ride on the beach,  don’t at least they get stuck very often.

Horses on beach

We also watched windsurfers zipping up and down just offshore. It must take a lot of arm strength to hold onto those things!

Wndsurfer 3

Some of the acrobatics they were doing were fascinating!

Wndsurfer flying

We returned to the Oceano Elks campground about 7:30 p.m., and the place had really filled up while we were gone! I don’t know how they squeeze so many RVs into such a small campground, but like I said, space is at a premium on the coast.

We spent the rest of the evening inside, not doing much of anything. It was a wonderful, relaxing day, in spite of the wind and cold, and we are feeling more relaxed than we have in months. We really needed this time. We love our family and friends, and we cherish being with them. But sometimes we just have to have some “us” time, away from everybody. It’s our special reward to ourselves.

Bad Nick has been lazy lately, and we haven’t heard much from him. But yesterday while we were out playing beach bums, he was at the computer posting a new Bad Nick Blog titled What About Them? Check it out and leave a comment.

Thought For The Day – The things that come to those who wait may be the things left by those who got there first.

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Nick Russell

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  6 Responses to “A Day At The Beach”

  1. When we were at Pisma Beach I got my F550 stuck in the sand. The ranger said that if you let most of the air out of your tires it helps. I had a shovel and shoveled the sand and just gunned it and got out. I was told that if I stayed on the wet sand I wouldn’t have a problem. Did I stay on the wet sand ? No.

  2. If you like Clam Chowder, a must go is to the Splash Cafe in Pismo Beach. Best on Central Coast.

  3. Hi Guys; Boy we wish we were there to show you around our favorite stomping and caching grounds. Tom’s family has had a family reunion there every year since 1940 and we will be there again this Aug 6-8. So instead we will just have to recommend a couple of our favorite cache sites.
    For history: Bello Street Bridge GCR427 and Ssshhhhhh…(There’s an Indian Village) GCR4PN
    For clever hides: Hello II GCY4TT and The Dunes, the sand, and me GC195E6 (wear your wind breaker for this one)
    And one for each of you, Nick first part, Terry second: One of these things is not like the other GCRXA8
    Our driveway awaits.

  4. Once again the pictures are awesome and make me really homesick. I wish you could send us some of the cool weather, here in Missouri it is only 10 in the morning and it is 89 it is suppose to be in the high 90’s again with matching humidity, My favorite beaches that I grew up using are down in the San Diego region. The Silver Strand Beach between Coronado Island and Imperial Beach is my favorite. I am assuming they are still there and no one has built houses on them. I learned to surf there.

  5. Loved your shore pictures! But what happened to that pickup with the crushed roof! How can you flip on a beach?

  6. Hey nick, we have too much invested in our 40′ 5er to try that beach thing. Also, we have been following you for a few years now & don’t recall you guys traveling to New England. We are here for the summer & it is pretty neat. Sea shore, mountains, & history all in one area. Sounds like a place you might like?
    Happy travels.
    Frank & Mary Maniaci

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