August 30, 2013

Birthday Beach Trip

As has become custom, my Mom and I spent her birthday on a camping trip. This year it was at the beach. We spent the day at Doheny in the day use area. When I was a kid, this was called Hole in the Fence beach because you would park on PCH, brave the train tracks, and crawl through the chain link to avoid paying the State Beach admission. Now there is a pedestrian bridge that makes it a great place to spend the day with the RV on the sand and not get run over by a train.

We spent several hours on the beach hanging with our friend Mike and his girls. They went surfing while Mom and I caught up. For dinner, I walked across the bridge to Olamendi's Mexican Food to get take out. This is a great neighborhood joint with lots of Mexican folk art and photos of Richard and Pat Nixon eating there (the Western White House is just down the street).

After the sunset we moved the RV to our camping space at San Mateo and in the morning I moved it to the bluffs at San Clemente State Beach for breakfast. My Mom and I both needed the break and we both look forward to these trips.