On the road from Stoddard OHV by 7:30 a.m. A beautiful drive through the countyside to the Pacific. We took Hwy 18 off the the I-15 by Victorville and went straight west, the road is kind of rough for the first 10 miles. The next portion was the Hwy 14 with smooth sailing and then onto the 101 to the beach. Ray and I managed to snag a campsite at the Emma Wood State Beach right on the Pacific Ocean. Good thing we arrived at noon as there were only about 1/2 doz sites that would fit us and most were taken. A beautiful afternoon sitting in the sun staring at the ocean followed. I managed to see 2 whales, 2 dolphins and 5 surfers. You could even see all the Channel Islands out in the distance (which, according to a local, is rare). We're enjoying being on the coast seeing the ocean after months in the desert. Ray didn't have enough time to take a picture, but a B-25 Mitchell WWII bomber flew some circles above us. As you know Ray's Dad served on a bomber.
Picture from Google
Although there are rail tracks, Hwy 1 and further up the hill Hwy 10, with the sound of the surf you can hardly hear the traffic. All along the coast of the Channel Islands there are several Oil rigs and also up towards Santa Barbara. You can see them all lit up at night.
|That's us with the flag.|
|Channel Islands in the distance. I took the picture with Ray's phone. Finally he relaxes!|
|Goodnight to an awesome day.|
|Lots of people fishing on the peer.|
Although there were three lovely seafood restaurants on the pier we ate lunch at the Char West Fast Food Restaurant so Freya could be with us. This guy was keeping an eye out on all of the people eating. Freya was keeping an eye on it as well.
|Picture from Google|
Huge pieces of fish, cooked beautifully at a reasonable price. Alas no beer though!
Next it was time to find the Old Santa Barbara Mission for some picture taking moments! After winding our way through the old downtown we finally reached the top of the hill where the Mission is. Very impressive architecture. We opted to only view it from outside. $9/person for a self-guided tour seemed a bit much and a whole bus load of people had just disembarked!
|In 1908 this was used to do the laundry.|
After walking around for 1/2 an hour we decided to head back to camp and enjoy the rest of the afternoon. Sitting in the front of the coach watching the ocean we saw a seal and a pod of dolphins go back and forth. There were also people casting into the surf, fishing and kids surfing. A beautiful afternoon.