Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Silver Strand State Beach San Diego

Our first outing since returning from the Rocky Mountains.  We made this plan way back May when reservations for the State parks first open.  We had heard silver strand was lovely and it is.....You are literally right on the beach with the sound, smell and visuals of the waves lapping at the shore.

It's also a parking lot with no privacy so you need to focus on what is in front of you and tune out the rest.  Of course currently one of our neighbors is feeding the seagulls directly in front of our rig kind of taking away my peacefulness.....sigh.  A second neighbor elected to pull in forward meaning they directly face our seven feet of parking lot under our awning with their 7 feet of parking lot under their awning.  I guess I would have opted to back in as then we'd each have privacy.  I mustn't quite understand RV etiquette yet.

I'm still enjoying it....just learning about my style.  I know there must be ocean sites with less distractions.  I'm hoping a trip to the Oregon coast next summer provides a little more solitude.  I long for the peaceful dry camping sites we had on our  Rocky Mountain trip.

I'm a little reluctant to share.....but I was responsible for the rookie move of hooking up the water to the wrong outlet.....and not noticing until we totally filled up the black water tank and started leaking water out all outlets.  Thankfully the black tank was totally empty and we were only leaking fresh water, but still embarrassing in a parking lot.  A parking lot with no dumping at the sites, so we had to re hook up the trailer, take it to the  dump station, and then spend the next half hour sloshing the water out of the interior.  Not the best way to start, but I think I will never make that mistake again.

The first night was crystal clear and had Mark hoping for the elusive green flash.....not this time.

But it was pretty

I spent the majority of my day with Madli's stole, completing three 12 row repeats and moving into the next skein of yarn.  There are six skeins in total and they move through three greens and then into fuchsias.  I'm putting beads in every 6th row for a touch of sparkle.

Last nights sunset was enhanced by the cloud cover

and this morning we are watching for a predicted coastal flooding due to an unusually high tide.  We're prepared to move if we need to but at the moment it's not looking too threatening.

All in all I would not choose this spot again.  The fact that not all vehicles are required to back in creates a lack of privacy I'm not comfortable with.  I don't mind being on top of each other to experience the beautiful ocean but I really don't want to by eye to eye while your shaving with your electric razor under your awning six feet from my door.


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