Road Trip, Part 4 – Gaviota and Carpinteria State Beaches, CA, Sept. 12-19/14


We arrived in Simi Valley on 9/12 and found it too hot for comfort. All of the LA Basin was sweltering, and we decided to leave for the beach immediately. Surprise! Because it was Friday night, all of the closer beach campgrounds were full. We were, therefore, happy to settle for Gaviota, which is the furthest State Beach from the LA area along that portion of Hwy 1 that runs along the coast. Adding to Gaviota’s current lack of desirability was the fact that the water system was out, the popular fishing jetty closed and the campground something of a ghetto. But, hey, what can you do? It’s California on a summer weekend, when most city dwellers, in their great multitudes, head out of town to their favorite outdoor recreation spots. And most of those seasoned California recreationists know very well to reserve their campsite well in advance! We out-of-state dummies, on the other hand, thoughtlessly assume that we can just waltz in and be accommodated. What part of “no” don’t you understand?

Well … we had our own supply of drinking water, and didn’t care that the pier was closed (it had lost its outermost 100′ to a storm). What Gaviota does have is fabulous rocks to either side of the beach, and, on this occasion, almost no shore break, making swimming there a real pleasure. The rock strata are sharply tilted up, making for interesting scenery. We thoroughly enjoyed our night there, and made the acquaintance of a Ukrainian couple who proceeded to tell us that they followed the writings of a Russian prophet who asserted that humans were genetically-engineered by aliens. The campground, not unexpectedly, was full for the following night, and we returned to Simi Valley on Saturday evening.

Gaviota railway trestle

Gaviota railway trestle

Gaviota, seabirds on the abandoned pier

Seabirds on the abandoned pier

Tilted strata to the west of the pier

Tilted strata to the west of the pier

Tilted strata to the west of the pier

Tilted strata to the west of the pier

Oval cavity created by wave action

Oval cavity created by wave action

Oval cavity created by wave action

Oval cavity created by wave action

Tilted strata

Tilted strata

Tilted strata to the east of the pier

Tilted strata to the east of the pier

Tilted strata to the east of the pier

Tilted strata to the east of the pier

Father and daughter

Father and daughter

Standoff over a shovel

Standoff over a shovel

Tilted strata to the east of the pier

Tilted strata to the east of the pier

Pattern in rock

Pattern in rock

Bathers, Gaviota Beach

Bathers, Gaviota Beach

Our reservation for the group campsite at Carpinteria State Beach, made many months prior, began on Sunday, Sept. 14. The following 8 photos are of general interest, followed by family photos

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Kelp

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Kelp

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Kelp

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Kelp

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Barred surf perch, with fly and fly line

Willet, with large Mole crab

Willet, with large Mole crab

Surfer and shore birds

Surfer and shore birds

Little girl and boogie board

Little girl and boogie board

The rest of the photos in this section are of some of the family members in attendance.

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Kara, Sadie and Emmett

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Fletcher

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Maureen, Fletcher, Rainie and Deb

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Clockwise around the table: Neil with Rowan, Mark, Maggie, Benet, Emmett, Kara’s arms, Trevor and Cindy

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Kara

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Kara and Laina

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Kara and Laina

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Maureen and Kara

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Lissie

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Neil with Rowan, and Mark. Laina and Matt behind.

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The irresistible Rowan

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The irresistible Rowan

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Trevor and Maureen

Part 5 will show our trip up the coast, from Carpinteria to Morro Bay, San Simeon, Big Sur and ending at Alameda, in the East Bay (San Francisco Bay Area). Stay tuned!

About believesteve

I am a photographer and have published a book of photography and accompanying text on running the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon. The first (print) edition is out of print, but a second edition is available as an iBook (eBook) through the iTunes bookstore. All Grand Canyon, river and nature lovers will enjoy my book: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/the-grand/id672492447?ls=1
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