after wilderness lakes, it was finally time to kick off our long stretch of california state beaches. derek booked us at four different beaches for five out of seven weeks in march and april. the first one up was san elijo, a little bit north of san diego, near encinitas, california.
our campground was up on the top of this bluff, overlooking the beach. our site was actually a row back, in the cheap seats. the california coast looks much different from the north carolina coast we are used to.
as soon as we were set up (which doesnt take much when there’s no hookups), we hit the beach. we had a little taste of the beach when we were in san diego over christmas, but before that, it had been since last january in florida, so the kids were so excited.
hazel has never really been a huge fan of the ocean, but she worked up some nerve and ran in, just as a wave came rushing towards her. she turned to run out and tripped on a rock and that was pretty much it… she’s not a fan.
the big excitement of the day, was finding a bitty lobster caught in a massive pile of seaweed. we pulled him out and tried to put him in a better location, but i’m not sure that went so well for him, since later we spotted a sea gull with a bright red lobster sized treat in it’s mouth. we tried.
hazel and isaac mostly hung back and played in the sand (as far away from the water as possible, for hazel). anna eventually joined in. behind us, there were some rocks and crevices and such. and every few minutes we would look over to see several crabs peeking out and moving around. as soon as we would move to get a closer look, though, they were skitter away and back into the cracks.
day three. sort of. tuesday. overcast. and chilly. but we have learned to take advantage of opportunities when they are available, especially with weather, so off we trudged to the beach. hazel did not want to go. and the big kids made a friend, so i got in some good reading time.
despite raining all night, the next day was beautiful, so anna and isaac and i went down to the beach. isaac stormed off when his friend was there, because the beach is boring. so anna and i just hung out and read.
after all of our worrying about making the most of the overcast weather, it turned out that all of the days at san elijo were beautiful. the nights were rainy, but that’s fine with me. so, we ended up having to “waste” a beautiful morning running some errands. but donuts helped us not feel so bad about that.
on saturday morning, we packed up shop and headed north, to stop number two on our state beach tour… leo carrillo.