Stories for: So Cal Spring 2013


Tyler is my six year old (oops, seven year old) grandson.  He is in first grade, and his school has a week off in February – Snow Week.  Traditional Spring Break is in April.  His mother Martha and I spent her early years in Encinitas, CA.  We lived down there in the 80’s.  She still has a love of the beach and the sun and the whole So Cal scene and beach lifestyle.  Me not ...


Sunday Final packing and we’re off!  Martha doesn’t want to drive the van, so I will be driving every mile of every day of the whooole trip – sigh.  The plan is to take our time and follow Route 1 all the way, staying as close to the coast as we can. This starts immediately after the Golden Gate Bridge. We take the first right into the Presidio, though the rich people ...


Wednesday Doheny State Beach is a really cool place in the daytime.  It’s in the middle of town, tucked in between the ocean and the I-5/Amtrak corridor.  Come to think of it, we will spend five of our seven nights within 200 yards of the train tracks.  Life on the California Coast, I guess. This particular day was sparkling clear after the storm passed through but was also cold and ...


Monday primo spot at the Lakeside Walmart Ahhh. back to my routine!  This was a perfect night for staying at Walmart.  I had stuff to do until well after sunset, so really all I needed out of my overnight spot was a place to park and go to sleep.  AllStays (my camping app) said that all Walmarts in SD discourage camping except this one at the far eastern edge of the city, off I-8 in ...


Thursday my spot at Tecopa, with pond I really did have the perfect spot on a perfect day, at the far corner of the lot, looking over the little pond and the Death Valley-like mountains on the far side of the wide valley.  If you ignored the “Warning Raw Sewage!” sign, it was idyllic.  Looking back, it is the presence or absence of WIND that makes a spring day in the desert ...