This weekend, not THAT weekend!

There is running joke between Roxie and I that I may have mentioned before in this blog. It has to do with 3 day holiday weekends, notoriously Memorial Day and Labor Day. Roxie says that we never go anywhere on those weekends. While ‘never’ might be a bit too exclusive, I agree that it is rare. However you can read about on of them here¬†and here. My thoughts are to go the weekend BEFORE or AFTER and miss most of the crowds. This is what happened this time. We couldn’t go out on Labor Day due to other commitments so I made reservations at the coast. The coast is very convenient for us so I found a campground that we have never stayed at before, the Oceano Memorial Campground. We have stayed in about 6 or 7 other campgrounds here previously.

We still made it a 3 day weekend as we left on Thursday and got to Oceano and setup around 6:30pm:

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It was 25 degrees cooler here on the coast than the Central Valley. Boy that is nice!

We decided to head to Jocko’s in Nipomo for dinner. Jocko’s is well known eating establishment (one guy in Anza Borrego SP talked to me about it once) that is known for its’ meats. It is not known for ambiance. We got there around 7:30 and had to wait a bit. The food is amazing. The smallest filet mignon they have is a 20oz version for $34. However you can add on another 10oz for $12. We declined. We actually split the plate for an extra $8.50. Here is what the filet looked like after Roxie took her portion (that you can see also):

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Don’t miss Jocko’s the next time you are in the Central California Coast area.

Friday AM we woke up without too much on the agenda. Roxie usually likes to eat a Splash Cafe in Pismo and I get something from Mo’s. But today was different. We ate at the Cool Cat Cafe, it is new (about 1 year old) and was pretty good and nice for a change. We then drove to San Luis Obispo (SLO) and looked for some cookies but didn’t find any. We drove by the El Chorro Regional Park NW of SLO and looked around at the campground there. We ran into another Airstream there and talked for a bit. They also have a blog and told us the name of it but neither of us can remember it now. So if you are that couple, please let us know your blog address! and Roxie found it via Google. It is Greg & Amelia’s Airstream Adventures. Go check it out!

We made a loop down by Morro Bay and back through Los Osos to SLO to do a bit of shopping. After the shopping it was getting dinner time. Yes we are always eating, so it seems. We ended up finding a restaurant that was fairly new and a bit trendy. Ember in Arroyo Grande. It was very gourmet food but also very good. Something I am not used to eating but did enjoy. We capped off the evening watching a movie at the Fair Oaks Theatre.

This is a great little movie theatre. They only show one movie and we saw “The Hundred Foot Journey”. The prices were very reasonable, $8 per person in the evening. The large drink was $4. The large popcorn was $5 made with fresh popcorn and flavored with real butter. Large comfortable theatre. I wish they were showing a different movie tonight <g>.

It is now Saturday AM and I am not sure how much we are going to do today. We always say we aren’t going to do much of anything but that always changes. I will post an update if anything wonderful happens…

Resting in SoCal

If you have been reading these entries you know that we are heading to Southern California and were under some time pressure. We were heading to an RV park. As far as RV parks go in the LA area go, there are not too many. There is a nice expensive one in Long Beach and many touristy ones near Disneyland. We were heading to one in the San Fernando valley. We were heading to the Balboa RV park in Van Nuys, it was formerly known as the Birmingham RV park.

I first heard about this park from Sean and Kristy of LoLoHo ( and their video from it:

I had always wanted to stay here due to the close proximity to a lot of things to see.

Let me talk about the RV park for a bit. It is located in an area of Van Nuys that has seen its better days but is not a ghetto in any terms. It is right next to Van Nuys airport so it can get a bit noisy and is a great place to watch helicopters. Once you arrive, you register, that is if you make it by 6pm. If you have a trailer or 5th wheel you disconnect it right at the entrance. Then the staff, in this case the owner, took his forklift and put you in your spot. I think I could have made it there but it would have taken quite a bit longer. It is a very interesting feeling to have someone else take your trailer from you and park it. They also assisted in hooking up the services. It is very tight in the park but not overly. There is a mix of permanent, semi-permanent and transient tenants. We also saw many rental motorhomes and the owner said they get a lot of foreigners in there.

The owner, and everyone else we encountered, were the ones that made the stay enjoyable Also the weather was pretty good too, compared to our last week+. I would highly recommended and we will be here again!

Here is where they put us, right by a wall which was great!

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We really did not do much while we were here for only 3 nights. We just relaxed. One day we drove through the Topanga Canyon to the ocean. Down the coast through Santa Monica and Venice Beach. Then up by UCLA, back over the hill and home. One day we went to a movie. Just a lot of down time in a nice cool temperature.

We left Sunday and headed home without issue.


1149 miles with the trailer, about 260 miles without. We averaged 12.3 mpg for the entire trip. The truck performed fantastic on the road. It only got a bit hot on real steep grades (Grapevine) with the A/C on.