Sunday, May 15, 2016


As I write this, we have just arrived in Bodega Bay. We are in a county campground on the bay with the ocean just across the road. Nothing exciting has been happening and much of our time is spent on country drives, relaxing and reading. We spent the first four days at Pismo Beach and did a lot of walking on the beach. For $5 you can take your car and drive on the beach, which at low tide is a broad flat expanse of sand. We opted to walk and keep the salt off of the truck. South of town the beach and dunes are open to ATC's and for a princely sum you can rent one. Being midweek it appears that business is slow.

We managed to hookup with Howard and Joy in Morro Bay for lunch. I met them in Spain on the Camino and they are part of my Camino Family. We enjoyed catching up on the latest news and reminiscing about our time on the Camino.

We next continued our journey north, stopping for three days in Pinnacles National Park. We've never been here so it was time to check it out. My sister Kathy lives nearby so she joined us for a couple of days.

Lots of hiking opportunities in the park and it was time for us to get out of the recliners and get some exercise in. After being sick for a month it was slow going, but we managed to get the heart rate up and enjoy the outdoors. One of the two hikes we took involved traveling through a cave. Not really a cave, but a tunnel of sorts formed when rocks and boulders fell into place forming an opening through the rocks. How did the rocks fall in the first place? You ask. Well, Pinnacles Park happens to be within sight of the San Andreas Fault. And now the park service routes it's hiking trails through this jumble of boulders, keeping their fingers crossed that no new ones fall into place.

With no earthquakes occurring while we were there, at least none was could feel, we pulled up stakes, moved north and settled at a county campground on the beach in Bodega Bay. The wind is howling here, but that is the norm for this time of year. From our campsite we can see the ocean from one side of the trailer and the bay from the other. Doesn't get much better than this.


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