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
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!
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
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!
Room for both of us to cook together… instead of him outside and me inside!!
Not to mention…
A built-in desk area!
Heck! We could even both brush our teeth together!!
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 with “The Most Amazing Nephews” :-)
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.
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.
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…
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
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 – spirit
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!
No water, no power… no problem with views like this!
Oceanfront property … gypsy style.
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!
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 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 :-)
That’s all for now. As always, thanks for stopping by! 🙂