But first, we made another stop. South Carlsbad State Beach, right on the Pacific Ocean. The thundering surf greeted us with pounding waves, foam, sea birds, enthusiastic surfer dudes and plenty of rocks for John to treasure.
We settled into our spot right on the Pacific. Site 204 was perfect for our forty feet of motorhome and fourteen feet of trailer that carries our Miata.
As soon as the slides were out and a few things put in their places, we were down the stairs from the high bluff and onto the beach.
John was searching for his rocks and I was on the hunt for sea glass.
There was only one problem. The ocean greeted us with huge waves and surf that would chase us out of it's reach. Twice, the surf won the race.
Both of us had on our hiking shoes, on the beach - need I say more? My hiking shoes are waterproof as long as the water does not go over the top of the shoe.
Yep, you guessed it! I was soon walking in sand and water that had taken residence in my shoes. (It was freezing cold for just a short while.)
I cannot imagine that the wet suits could keep these surfers warm. But, I have never had one on, so how would I know. They just looked cold. They would sit out there for what felt like hours waiting for the perfect swell that would give them the thrill ride of the day.
Perseverance provided a good ride for these surfers.
What surprised us was the ages of these surfer dudes! Some are as old as us. And of course, we are older than dirt!
So......does that make them older than mud?
As I was walking the beach in my less than successful hunt for sea glass, I did spy one shore bird that I am unable to identify.
Help! Name that
From the shore-side of the beach, I moved to the cliff side. Nestled into the rock cliffs, there would be little caves. This one had rocks washed into the opening.
And I found many of these little creatures scampering among the rocks and larger boulders.
The issue with these guys is that they are burrowing in the soil parts of the cliffs and breaking down the stability of the cliffs.
Hopefully, the powers that be will be able to find a way to relocate these guys.
It would be a shame to see these cliffs washed into the Pacific.
Being the artist I am, I found great beauty 'painted' in the sand. A wave would come thundering onto the shore bringing sea weed, moving pebbles and rocks. Then the ocean would return to its self and start anew.
A strange occurrence happened as I was walking Oliver and Olivia. Suddenly I was attacked! A bird whizzed by my head. It came back again flying right over my shoulder screaming at me.
All I could think of was a Blue Jay. It was not a Jay, but a Mocking Bird. I have never been before been attacked by our Mocking Birds at home, or what was home.
The campgrounds were full of color from various plants. The first, I do not know the name, but this plant also lines the highway leading to the State Beach.
The second is the Bottle Brush plant. Phil Dahl has a much better photo on his blog. Of course, Phil called it a Toilet Brush plant.
Our last night at South Carlsbad State Beach was a beautiful evening. I played with the sunset photos for a change of pace.
The previous night, we did not have a sunset. Actually there was one, it was hidden by thick clouds. So this was a treat. I took about ten photos.
Thank goodness, I did not choose to post all ten sunsets.
After dumping and taking on water, we left South Carlsbad State Beach and continued our trek to Jojo's.
At first, it was just cloudy. The clouds grew heavier as we worked our way north to a higher elevation.
Then, there was mist.
But, when we arrived at the top of the mountain, the sun was shining! The pavement was dry! No clouds, no mist!
We drove further down the highway, then another then to I-5, then I-15 and on to 215. Always changing lanes kept John on his toes and my eyes and ears tuned to our not always correct Garman GPS.
Finally we arrived! We are parked in a church parking lot for a while. Saturday, we begin the process of installing the skimmer and waterfall in Jojo's pond, so get out your shovels and come join us!
May you be blessed with the richness of God's everlasting love.