The Oceano /Five Cities Elks Club is within walking distance Pismo Dunes Vehicle Recreational Area via a back walking trail. Several mornings I walked towards the beach and it was really pleasant. However, by mid-morning the area was a buzz with quads and dune buggies. For a $5.00 day use fee you can drive on the beach and eventually to the Dunes. Part of the recreation area to the south is roped off for the Snowy Plover nesting area and other parts are roped off for camping only. To the north, camping is not allowed. The weather was really windy and we were treated to a show of kit boarding. The photos is very hazy because it was very, very windy.
While driving the length of beach we noticed a little white passenger car following us. I mentioned to Joel the little car looked really low to the ground and could get stuck. When I looked back a few moments later, sure enough it was stuck. Fortunately, we had a tow strap with us and with the help of another beach goer we were able to pull the car out. The car was a little Mustang convertable, a rental, and definitely not suitable for driving on the beach. The couple in the car were from Ireland and were touring the California Coast from San Diego to San Francisco. They were thankful they didn't have to call the rental company and get a tow, and even more so, as the tide was starting to come in!.
This is what happens when you forget to wear a hat on a windy day at the beach!
We played tourist and drove the scenic drive out to the point which offered some interesting rock formations. One formation was very close to the walking trail and included two seagulls and their chicks. I couldn't see a nest, but at least no four legged predators could reach them. It's a long way down to the ground and those chicks better learn to fly quickly. Not much room on the top of rock formation.
Tomorrow we say goodbye to the beach and head inland again towards Hollister to the San Benito Thousand Trails for a week or so depending on temperatures. We hope to visit the Pinnacles National Park and just hang for a few days.