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