we just got back from our second trip. this one went much smoother. we were better prepared - set up and tearing down was easy. it was perfect. the electricity and propane worked this time... so my stove worked for steaming vegetables for dinner one night and making a hot cup of tea... the little overhead lights worked...and the heater worked great. good thing - it got a little chilly at night since we are now towards the end of september. it was mostly foggy the whole time - but the fog and cool were welcome after being in the valley in 100+ temperature the past month. we stayed at north beach campground in pismo beach. cleared up the confusion about pismo, oceana and grover beach. it's actually three little cities - all next to each other. last time we actually stayed in oceana beach. drving up and down grand ave. (the main strip) is grover beach. at the end of grand if you make a left, you are in oceana, make a right, you are in pismo. we left early saturday morning and by 7:00am we already in santa maria - so we stopped at home depot to get supplies needed for this pantry i wanted daniel to put together. once we got set up we took a long walk along the beach. we saw this seal on the beach and thought it was miraculous - until the lifegaurd lady told us that this poor seal was very sick and confused. there is some kind of acid poisoning - from pollution - and our fish off the coast are very sick from it - then the seals get sick. i was happy to hear animal rescue was on their way to help. we didn't hang out to see the end of that story, but it was a really beautiful majestic sight gone real bad :( on sunday we took a day trip into morro bay - 25 miles north of pismo beach. the main street - embarcadero - was a little touristy for us... we liked main street better. it had off beat art studios, natural food stores and thrift shops. the big morro bay rock was really impressive - altho it was a bit cloudy and we couldn't see the whole thing. on the way back we stopped at san luis obispo botanical garden which had a great variety of plants and herbs. also - last time i mentioned that little boat town... it's called port san luis. we drove thru it again. i also forgot to mention avila valley farm in avila beach. a little farm with lots of animals to look at - fresh fruit and veggies - and homemade jams, jellies and sauces. we went thru that area again looking for avila mineral hot springs. i had read about it and what we imagined and what it was were two different things.... i really don't want to bash someone's lively hood on this blog - but it wasn't that appealing to us. down the road was sycamore mineral springs - that looked really nice, and more expensive - so we decided we will return there - soon.
this time i took some pictures of the inside of the trailer - since i was so pleased with my new pantry.
www.popupexplorer.com. we got tension shower curtain rods and metal baskets - they are attached with hose clamps.
north beach camp ground
4 years ago