After leaving Cayucos, we drove north on the 1 to San Simeon State Beach. It is an old campground and the sites are pretty run down. You can hear the trucks all night long and they have a serious ground squirrel problem. The squirrels were so bold that you couldn’t sit outside and eat or leave anything unattended. Our neighbors had a beautiful bouquet of sunflowers on their picnic table that was mauled in no time and hauled away, one sunflower blossom at a time, all to the delight of the thieves. I was concerned that they would attack Callie, but she proved to be a threat to them instead. We had an ocean view but the pine tree in front of us AND between us and the view was seriously suffering and would need to be cut down soon. There are no hookups which mean it is dry camping and that you will need to use your generator occasionally. That being said- so will everyone else. The weather was gorgeous though, cold and crisp, and the wind was gusty but refreshingly cool after living in the desert. We took long walks to the beach every day and watched birds and wildlife in abundance. All in all, we had a fabulous time and just hung out and read and otherwise relaxed.
FYI- Callie has overcome her aversion to the plushy blanket and now calls Lara’s bed- HOME!
We are heading north to Santa Cruz next!