Ok, a late post here. It is now a bit past Labor Day 2013 but I am here to talk about it nonetheless.
After coming back from our previous 17+ day trip this was a quick turnaround (2 weekends). We thought about just cancelling our reservation and staying home but there was one thing that kept our commitment. Our granddaughter!
I made the reservations at Oceano campground at Pismo State Beach on the coast months ago and we told our granddaughter that we would take her along. It was a good choice and we are glad we went through with it.
One of the things that I was working on was a front hitch for our bike rack (I talked about it in our Alumafandango threads). I purchased one but part of the task was to remove the nuts off the front leaf springs and put on a helper bracket. I could NOT get those nuts off! I had to take it to a suspension shop but eventually got it on:
We went through Cholame, near where James Dean was killed. We told our granddaughter about it and she was mesmerized about it and kept talking about it. We told her we would stop on the way back so she could see the memorial.
We got to the campground just around dark. Here was a shot from next day:
Our granddaughter, Paige, thoroughly enjoyed herself. We went to the beach both days and she spent at least 3 hours in the water each day. We don’t know HOW she did that as the water was so cold but there were many others that did so also and she made a few friends. We also had a campfire one night with her cooking ‘Smores. She really liked to ride her bike around the campground which kept her busy. We rode with her a couple of times.
On the last day we took a walk around the pond that is by the campground. It turned out to be longer than we though and here are a few pics:
One evening Paige told us that she had never seen the sunset. So what did we do?
It was just a short walk from the campground to see the sunset.
It all comes to an end as usual. We did stop at the James Dean memorial on the way back to show Paige.
One more thing about the bike rack on the front. It performed well, but it did scare us from time to time because it sure did bounce at times! Here is what we saw:
We are very glad we went because it meant a lot to Paige. Roxie turned around in the truck and told her, on the way home: “We did this trip just for you”. Her positive reaction to that statement was all we needed.