Looking Back on it – No matter what the weather… there’s never a crappy day at the beach!

Sitting here looking out the window at the dreary mix of winter precipitation has me feeling a little apprehensive about what the immediate future has in store for us. Is this a sign of what were in for over the next few months? Hmmm…

We are still in a holding pattern in Reno, NV waiting on information about whether we will head to Washington or Utah. I’m sure once I know for sure, either way, and can start making plans and preparations, I’ll feel much better. It’s the being in limbo part that gets old.

At least the trip out this way was filled with spectacular scenery! We made our way north in California via The Pacific Coast Highway. After leaving the Rincon Parkway site we made it as far as Morrow Bay on the first day.

Here are a few shots I took along the way.

It was cool to see pasture land on one side of the road…

Livestock on one side of the road...

Livestock on one side of the road…

And a beautiful coastline on the opposite side.

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I guess you could be a rancher/surfer dude here 🙂 Sweet!

We’ve seen a “flashing when bikers are in tunnel” sign several times during our travels but this time it really made me think. I like to ride my bike, but there is no way in hell I would ever be able to ride through a tunnel! Just thinking about it gives me palpitations!

No way...

No thanks…

We hadn’t seen a lighthouse in quite a while it seemed. This was a pretty great one to see!  🙂 The picture doesn’t capture how beautiful it was.

Maybe someday I'll learn how to take the distance shots...

Maybe someday I’ll learn how to take the distance shots…

The Boss picked a great spot to stop and make lunch. Just one of perks of traveling in our H.O.W. 🙂

We had the best seat in the place... with no wait!

We had the best seat in the place… with no wait!

Oh look – there’s our new stick and brick home! Ha!

I don't think we'll ever settle down enough to live in four stationary walls, but if we ever did this would be the setting I'd be pushing for!

I don’t think we’ll ever settle down enough to live in four stationary walls again, but if we ever did, this would be the setting I’d be pushing for!

We made it to Morrow Bay in time to take a little walk and get all of our laundry done. No small feat as we hadn’t been near a laundromat in nearly ten days! We stayed at Morrow Dunes RV Park.

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It’s located right on the dunes in Morrow Bay (go figure) and sits in the shadow of Morrow Rock.

Morrow Dunes RV Park, site E8

Morrow Dunes RV Park, site E8

The dunes are just across a quiet dead-end street behind the fence.

Morrow Rock

Morrow Rock

The dunes at Morrow Bay

The dunes at Morrow Bay

A few surfers were braving the chilly temps…

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LoL… it just occurred to me as I’m looking at these pictures that the weather there was sort of gloomy too. It’s funny how when you’re at the beach there really is no such thing as a crappy day. 🙂

Guess that’s all for now. NaNoWriMo is only two days away and I have some organizing to do to get ready for the challenge. Now that’s something I can get excited about!!

As always, thanks for stopping by. 🙂

~Cheers~

 

Back on the Road & Back in Service…

Yeay! We seem to be back in a steady wi-fi and cell signal!

For how long? Who knows. So I’m taking this opportunity to fill you all in on our recent adventures. No worries, this won’t take long as we’ve been traveling in small increments lately. 🙂

We spent three weeks at Dockweiler State Beach just outside Marina Del Rey. The park is located right on the beach and the Marvin Braude Bike Path which runs for 22.3 miles, from Will Rogers Beach to Torrence Beach. Such fun!

Apparently October is a great month to do beach camping at Dockweiler  because for the most part (except on weekends) the park was pretty empty. If you can get used to being almost directly under a flight path for a couple of runways for LAX (which we didn’t mind) and the occasional smell from a sewer plant (a little harder to get used to) it’s a great place to chill on the beach.

Site #106 at Dockweiler State Beach

Site #106 at Dockweiler State Beach

The beach was wonderful and just steps away. I was surprised at the strength of the sun still at this point in the year. I’m a SPF 4 or 8 kind of girl, but there I was reaching for the SPF50!

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We took in two events at the Pomona Fairplex which was only about an hour away. The first was a 4×4 Off-Road Expo. They had some amazing stuff to see. Mr. Gibberish was drooling for most of the day.

Boys and their toys... lol

Boys and their toys… lol

Of course I did a little drooling of my own when we went to the California RV Show the following week. The inventory they had on display was more than abundant and the prices were awesome!

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Room for both of us to cook together… instead of him outside and me inside!!

Not to mention…

A built-in desk area!

A built-in desk area!

Heck! We could even both brush our teeth together!!

Amazing rig... still on the back burner for now.

Amazing rig… still on the back burner for now.

During our stay at Dockweiler we also got to spend some time with family and attend a beautiful wedding in Long Beach… on the beach! My sister Jen and her family flew out from the east coast for the wedding of her sister-in-law, Dawn. I have never attended a more intimate, heartwarming and down-to-earth ceremony. If Mr. G and I weren’t already hitched, I would want to take the very same vows!

The happy couple... Dawn and Carmen :-)

The happy couple… Dawn and Carmen :-)

The happy couple with "The Most Amazing Nephews" :-)

The happy couple with “The Most Amazing Nephews” :-)

And of course the most amazing parents of the most amazing nephews... Mike & Jan :-)

And of course the most amazing parents of the most amazing nephews… Mike & Jen :-)

Okay, back to Dockweiler …

We took advantage of the Marvin Braude Bike Path on a few occasions. I hope wherever our travels take us we have a dedicated bike path nearby. It was so nice to be able to peddle at will and not have to worry about distracted drivers mowing us down. The most memorable ride was a trip up to Venice Beach. Oddly enough,  it also included rings … of sort.

Most of the bike path is directly on the beach.

Most of the bike path is directly on the beach.

We did need to ride with traffic for a short distance. A feat I thought for sure would put me over the edge, but I managed – thanks to my trusty side-kick. 🙂  It seems that man can talk to me into just about anything. Thankfully, most of the off-beach parts of the trail were dedicated bike/pedestrian paths.

Off the beach but not on the main road.

Off the beach but not on the main road.

Venice Beach was a great place to roam around and spend the day. There are tons of little shops and eateries. We stopped and had a small pitcher of strawberry margaritas at The Candle Cafe

~Cheers~

~Cheers~

Okay.. I’ll admit it. We went a little low-brow while strolling along the walk. It seems brown baggin’ it is the way to go for beach bums in Venice Beach…

~Cheers~ ghetto style... lol

~Cheers~ ghetto style… lol

While we were there, The Boss talked me into getting the ring finger tattoos he had been talking about for a while now. He wanted them done because he’s not really supposed to wear a ring at work. I was a little scared but decided to suck it up and go for it. Maybe it was the liquid courage earlier in the day. 🙂 Nah… it wasn’t.

I’m so glad I did. It was a piece of cake… or should I say … a day at the beach! We got them done at The House of Ink in Venice Beach. The staff was great and even though it was our first time they made us feel very welcomed and relaxed. Our artist, Victor, had a very delicate touch and a great sense of humor!

Forever together... mind body and spirit

Forever together… mind – body – spirit

Awww….

We left Dockweiler a few days ago and headed north on the CA101 and the Pacific Coast Highway (PCH). We spent the first two nights parked roadside at the Rincon Parkway in the Seaside area just north of Ventura. It was amazing!

20130811_153156No water, no power… no problem with views like this!

Oceanfront property ... gypsy style.

Oceanfront property … gypsy style.

A sweet spot!

A sweet spot!

If you’re ever in the Ventura area I highly recommend this place! This is a great location if you’re looking to spend a few days dry camping. Spots are all bumper to hitch and awning side to the Pacific Ocean. This set-up gives you ample privacy. (Directions – Exit #78 off CA Route 101 (for Seaside) Then head south on PCH. Sites will be on your right.) $28 per night (dumpsters & porta-potties only) Definitely putting this spot on the top of our list for a return visit if we come back this way!

On our first morning there we had our coffee while watching dolphins cruising in the surf. It was awesome!

Dolphins!

Dolphins!

More dolphins….

So peaceful

So peaceful

Okay, just because they’re so cool, one more dolphin shot…

If you look closely you can see a dolphin in the wave at the right of the pic

If you look closely you can see a dolphin in the wave at the right of the pic as well as the fin in the upper left.

I could go on and on about this spot but I think I’ll wrap it up here with this next picture. I don’t really think we’ve been to a bad spot yet. Yes, I know we’ve been pretty lucky. But this one will always be right up there on our list of favorites!

Totally relaxed after a fabulous day on the beach  :-)

Totally relaxed after a fabulous day on the beach :-)

That’s all for now. As always, thanks for stopping by! 🙂

~Cheers~

 

Checking in from the Beach…

Okay… so there’s a little give and take in every situation. In my particular situation the upside is obviously my surroundings. The down side? I have almost no internet access and when I am actually able to get on it is slow a molasses… even with our Verizon booster. 🙁

I’m thinking it has something to do with the way we are right up against a steep embankment and it’s blocking the signal somehow??? I don’t know – technology is not my thing. What is my thing is getting as much beach time in as possible before we need to hit the road again.

So I thought I’d try to post a few pics of what I’ve been seeing in my daily jaunts on the beach. I hope I’m not old  older and gray by the time they upload!

This place is for the birds!  ;-)

This place is for the birds! ;-)

So serene...

So serene…

The water's not too cold. But, this is about as far as I'll go in... lol.

The water’s not too cold. But, this is about as far as I’ll go in… lol.

Just me and the surf...

Just me and the surf…

Blue skies and gentle breezes.. not a bad walk to the laundry room! :-)

Blue skies and gentle breezes.. not a bad walk to the laundry room! :-)

Another beautiful sunset...

Another beautiful sunset…

Okay, that’s all I have patience for at the moment. Maybe I’ll bring the mi-fi with me on my next walk and see if I can pick up a better signal close by.

I’m glad we waited until October to do our three weeks at the beach. The park is practically deserted! I’m sure it will fill up on the weekends, but for now we are loving the solitude. 🙂

That’s all for now. As always, thanks for stopping by! 🙂

~Cheers~