As on previous days, our morning walks with the dogs continue. Being a weekend, many more people are on the beach and in the water.
Morning dog walk
Surf fishermen are hoping to catch dinner
The warm weather and waves are magnets attracting surfers. We watch one surfer get a really good ride. We whistle and applaud as he comes close to shore and waves at his appreciative audience. Jamie explains whistling is a common way of appreciating a surfer for an especially good ride. A little further down the beach we spot David surfing with his wave ski and watch him for a few sets.
David catches a wave with his wave ski
Even with the extra people on the beach, it's still not crowded, especially by southern California standards, making it a good day to just relax and enjoy.
Peter kicking back with the puppies
Artist captures the scene
Another wonderful beach day
The sun is high and quite warm by the time we return. Since part of our shade shelters left with Sue and Jim, we decide to improvise and build an even bigger shade structure.
Kendall holds a tarp
Shade shelter is moved
Final shade masterpiece.
John's a happy camper
Anthea and Reggi enjoy the shade
and so does Checkers hanging with T-Rex
Lazy afternoon in the shade (photo by Anthea) Jamie, me, Kendall, Suzy, Peter, Udo, John, Terri, David, Todd
Of course, the sunset is the must see show.
Sun appears to incinerate an oil platform,
much to the delight of the group (photo by Anthea)
Evening beach goers at sunset as the tide comes in
The fog returns on the morning that we need to break camp and go our separate ways. To save work, we buy our breakfasts at the Jalama Beach Store and Grill, which is famous for it's huge hamburgers. This store is the center for the local community and posts current ocean conditions on a white board just outside the entrance.
Peter, Suzy, Kendall and Cono
We take our food to a picnic table by the beach. Even though we have to leave soon, we are all smiling over the good time we enjoyed together.
Hey look - dolpins in the surf!
Kendall & John
Jamie packs up the truck
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Ahhh Jamie - do you think you can hold much more? Looks like there's a few more left things around.
Cono makes sure his Frisbee's not forgotten, while John & Kendall get a kick out of Jamie's packing job
We stop at the top of the hill to admire the view and vow to be back next year
As usual, Peter and I take the back roads to Shell Beach to check out John's home there.
Along the way we see many interesting rock formations, many of which are splattered with tar. No wonder several oil rigs have set up offshore. I learn the hard way to be careful of avoiding stepping barefooted on the gooey tar. It's hard to get off, although someone in the group discovers olive oil works well to get it off.
Layered and scalloped sandstone
Surfer catches a wave at Tarantulas
We eat lunch after the walk. As the afternoon temperatures climb into the low 90's, we bed our dogs down for a nap. Our rat terriers are especially spoiled as we set them on our bed in the Sprinter van with the air conditioning on. Then, us humans put our swimsuits on, grab our beach towels and toys to play in the surf. Even though the water temperature is only in the high 60's, it feels good to cool off in the waves.
Dog day afternoon - Sue & dog, Suzie and Cono, Me & Checkers, Peter & Mary, Terry & Maggie, Anthea & Reggi
For a few quarters we can clean up in the park's showers and get ready for happy hour. This evening Kendall and John are fixing a beach-side Thanksgiving feast.
Holy smoking turkey
Now that's a beauty!
Kendall carves turkey
Dinner is served
Early Thanksgiving with friends
Then dinner clean up and another puppy walk on the beach.
Surfliner rushes south over train trestle
Great Blue Heron
Picture perfect surf
Sunset finds us back at camp taking photos and watching nature's evening show.