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2018-11-30 – San Clemente State Beach – 2018-12-03

We took a quick trip to San Clemente State Beach this past weekend.  The occasion is the annual Airstream Club party wherein we swear in the new officers, cuss out the old officers, and enjoy hanging out with one another as we begin the Holiday season.

For the past 14 years we have been holding the party at the HOA clubhouse at Cypress Shores, an exclusive community of about 150 homes which sits adjacent to their one half mile long private beach… One of our members has lived in Cypress Shores since 1982, and they have generously offered this facility to us.

We arrived at the State Beach on Friday at 2:15 pm and were quickly and easily set up.  Within an hour of so there were five Airstreams here…

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Happy hours ensued rather early, and we were soon enjoying time with our friends…

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It was actually quite cold this evening – in the 50s, so we turned in early…

Saturday morning was even colder!  But we were walking to the pier by 7:30 or so.  Our destination is Bear Coast Coffee, where we can enjoy a great latte or cappuccino and some creative food.  We soon found out that there was a big surfing contest going on this weekend…

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But we enjoyed our coffee and were soon walking back to the campground.  As usual, the ocean was beautiful, but quite rough, due to the recent rain storms of the past week…

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While I spent the entire day watching football, Lynda actually walked back down to the sand.  The storms had left quite an impact on the beach…

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Happy hours again were had.  By now there were 7 Airstreams here…

Sunday morning it was even colder – into the 40s.  Walking along the beach in the shade of the bluffs was quite uncomfortable to us Californians… So we opted to have breakfast at The Fisherman, where we could sit indoors atop the pier.  The sun felt good, and the food was good as well…

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The ocean was again beautiful, and it was calming down a little…

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This afternoon was the party.  We drove over at about 2:00 pm.  The party was soon in full swing.  I found my usual introvert’s corner to try to maintain my sanity…

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I did spend a little time chatting with others…

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Some of our members were dressed quite festively!

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Here is the whole group…

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One of the highlights of this event is always the sunset view from the clubhouse balcony…

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Monday morning we once again walked to Bear Coast Coffee.  It was a beautiful day.  Back at the campground we marveled at all the empty sites, something we never see here in the summer or on weekends…

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We soon were packing up and heading back to Redlands… where we saw beautiful snow-capped mountains…

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And an enjoyable time was had by all…

2018-08-04 – Summer 2018 at San Clemente – Moving Day

The day dawned beautifully!  Those of us who wanted to walked along the beach path about 1.25 miles to Bear Coast Coffee, where we enjoyed coffee and a little bite to eat… Others stayed in their Airstreams….

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This is the “Pier Bowl” area – a natural cove where the Pier is located, and around which all other beach related activities occur.  We can watch the trains go by, watch the trucks delivering their early morning supplies to the retailers, and we can watch the surfers, Jr. lifeguards, walkers and joggers come and go.

After our walk back we began the arduous task of packing up.  Each year we vow to keep things simple, but we still bring so much stuff.  On the other had, we’re pretty organized, and we’ve done this a bazillion times, so it only took a little over an hour.

We headed off to drop the Airstream one last time at C&G in Bellflower for semi-annual maintenance and to have them give it a once-over before we depart for our caravan in a few weeks.  We learned this week that C&G is closing, so we will need to find a new fixit place…

So we arrived home again in Redlands in the afternoon, and settled into our usual chores of un-packing, doing laundry, and catching up with the mail…

And an enjoyable time was had by all…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2018-08-03 – Summer 2018 at San Clemente – Day 7

The day dawned beautifully!  Those of us who wanted to walked along the beach path about 1.25 miles to Bear Coast Coffee, where we enjoyed coffee and a little bite to eat… Others stayed in their Airstreams….

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This is the “Pier Bowl” area – a natural cove where the Pier is located, and around which all other beach related activities occur.  We can watch the trains go by, watch the trucks delivering their early morning supplies to the retailers, and we can watch the surfers, Jr. lifeguards, walkers and joggers come and go.

After our walk back we settled into our usual pattern.  Phil and Mark worked (or played) at the computer, Steve read in his Airstream, and Lynda, Jane, and Connie (with an occasional assist from Steve or Mark) worked on the jigsaw puzzles…

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Putting in the last piece…

About 4:00 or so we dispersed, then reassembled about one hour later at our campsite for Happy Hours.  We rarely cook dinner – hors d’oeuvres are usually plentiful, and we are well satisfied by the time the sun is setting…

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After dark we turned in… And an enjoyable time was had by all… Tomorrow we head home, and start to prepare for our two month Caravan through the Southwest…

2018-08-02 – Summer 2018 at San Clemente – Day 6

The day dawned beautifully!  Those of us who wanted to walked along the beach path about 1.25 miles to Bear Coast Coffee, where we enjoyed coffee and a little bite to eat… Others stayed in their Airstreams….

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This is the “Pier Bowl” area – a natural cove where the Pier is located, and around which all other beach related activities occur.  We can watch the trains go by, watch the trucks delivering their early morning supplies to the retailers, and we can watch the surfers, Jr. lifeguards, walkers and joggers come and go.

After our walk back we settled into our usual pattern.  Phil and Mark worked (or played) at the computer, Steve read in his Airstream, and Lynda, Jane, and Connie (with an occasional assist from Steve or Mark) worked on the jigsaw puzzles…

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About 4:00 or so we dispersed, then reassembled about one hour later at our campsite for Happy Hours.  We rarely cook dinner – hors d’oeuvres are usually plentiful, and we are well satisfied by the time the sun is setting…

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After dark we turned in… And an enjoyable time was had by all…

2018-08-01 – Summer 2018 at San Clemente – Day 5

The day dawned beautifully!  Those of us who wanted to walked along the beach path about 1.25 miles to Bear Coast Coffee, where we enjoyed coffee and a little bite to eat… Others stayed in their Airstreams….

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This is the “Pier Bowl” area – a natural cove where the Pier is located, and around which all other beach related activities occur.  We can watch the trains go by, watch the trucks delivering their early morning supplies to the retailers, and we can watch the surfers, Jr. lifeguards, walkers and joggers come and go.

After our walk back we settled into our usual pattern.  Phil and Mark worked (or played) at the computer, Steve read in his Airstream, and Lynda, Jane, and Connie (with an occasional assist from Steve or Mark) worked on the jigsaw puzzles…

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Tonight we walked to our favorite pub in town – MRK Public – where we enjoyed some artisanal beer and great pub food…

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On our walk back, we watched the sun set…

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And an enjoyable time was had by all…

2018-07-31 – Summer 2018 at San Clemente – Day 4

The day dawned beautifully!  Those of us who wanted to walked along the beach path about 1.25 miles to Bear Coast Coffee, where we enjoyed coffee and a little bite to eat… Others stayed in their Airstreams….

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This is the “Pier Bowl” area – a natural cove where the Pier is located, and around which all other beach related activities occur.  We can watch the trains go by, watch the trucks delivering their early morning supplies to the retailers, and we can watch the surfers, Jr. lifeguards, walkers and joggers come and go.

After our walk back we settled into our usual pattern.  Phil and Mark worked (or played) at the computer, Steve read in his Airstream, and Lynda, Jane, and Connie (with an occasional assist from Steve or Mark) worked on the jigsaw puzzles…

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About 4:00 or so we dispersed, then reassembled about one hour later at our campsite for Happy Hours.  We rarely cook dinner – hors d’oeuvres are usually plentiful, and we are well satisfied by the time the sun is setting…

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After dark we turned in… And an enjoyable time was had by all…

2018-07-30 – Summer 2018 at San Clemente – Day 3

The day dawned beautifully!  Those of us who wanted to walked along the beach path about 1.25 miles to Bear Coast Coffee, where we enjoyed coffee and a little bite to eat… Others stayed in their Airstreams….

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This is the “Pier Bowl” area – a natural cove where the Pier is located, and around which all other beach related activities occur.  We can watch the trains go by, watch the trucks delivering their early morning supplies to the retailers, and we can watch the surfers, Jr. lifeguards, walkers and joggers come and go.

After our walk back we settled into our usual pattern.  Phil and Mark worked (or played) at the computer, Steve read in his Airstream, and Lynda, Jane, and Connie (with an occasional assist from Steve or Mark) worked on the jigsaw puzzles…

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About 4:00 or so we dispersed, then reassembled about one hour later at our campsite for Happy Hours.  We rarely cook dinner – hors d’oeuvres are usually plentiful, and we are well satisfied by the time the sun is setting…

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After dark we turn in… And an enjoyable time was had by all…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2018-07-29 – Summer 2018 at San Clemente – Day 2

The day dawned beautifully!  We walked along the beach path about 1.25 miles to Bear Coast Coffee, where we enjoyed coffee and a fabulous breakfast burrito…

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This is the “Pier Bowl” area – a natural cove where the Pier is located, and around which all other beach related activities occur.  We can watch the trains go by, watch the trucks delivering their early morning supplies to the retailers, and we can watch surfers, Jr. lifeguards, walkers and joggers come and go.

This afternoon we will be joined by our friends, the Carmichaels and the Millers.  Also visiting for the day will be our daughter, Erin, and her thundering herd…

Baby Evelyn is growing like a weed…:

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And the kids had a great time in the water; Roisin learned to use the boogie board, while Ian and George watched from the shore:

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Although a bit hectic, it was a fun day; we fed the kids early dinner, then put on a movie for them in The Villa, and we adults could enjoy a calm happy hour.

And an enjoyable time was had by all…

 

 

 

2018-07-28 – Summer 2018 at San Clemente – Day 1

As long as I can remember (1956 to be exact) we have been vacationing at San Clemente State Beach.  We are looking forward to this week as we always do.

We’ve had an interesting week here in Redlands. It’s been hot, our contractors are hard at work finishing up the new deck and other things, and there are wild fires in the mountains southeast of here.  It has made for an amazing night sky:

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So we organized and packed for our trip…

We set out from Redlands Saturday morning. Temperatures are predicted to be a relative cool 101 degrees in Redlands today – It has been 105 or higher for the past several days.  But San Clemente should have a high of only 77 degrees.  We are looking forward to this respite from the heat…

Another rare event for today is that we will be camping solo – none of our fellow Airstreamers are joining us until tomorrow, when Steve and Jane Carmichael, from Orange, and Mark and Connie Miller, from Tustin, will arrive for the week…

We were shocked, upon our arrival at 12:30 pm, that the park rangers would not let us in until 2:00.  We’ve been coming to San Clemente State Park since 1956, and we have never been denied access to the park.  If our site is not yet vacant, we were able to park in the day use area.  Not today.  If we wanted to park in the day use area for 1 1/2 hours it would cost $30.  Our other choice would be to turn around and find a parking spot on the street.  Oh, well.  No use arguing with the 20 something junior ranger – he’s just following orders.  We turned around (not always easy in a rig 57′ long…) and found a parking spot where Tony’s El Camino Market used to be…

At 2:00 pm we pulled up to the guard shack again.  There was the expected traffic jam – 4 rigs ahead of us, 3 more behind, as we all tried to enter at the same time.  This is what we early arrivers generally help to eliminate, but I guess these park rangers like having a crowd at their gates…

We set up quickly, and I settled in to what I normally do here at the beach:

img_6299 We walked to town for dinner at a new place – One Eleven Coastal. We had a lovely table overlooking the sidewalk and the old Hotel San Clemente across the street.  The Old Fashions were perfect, and we enjoyed sharing 3 appetizers – at our advanced ages it about all we can eat…

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We Uber’d back to the park, and arrived just in time for the sunset:

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And an enjoyable time was had by all…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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