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Occasional observations from afternoon and evening beach walks along Pismo State Beach,
between Oceano Beach, Grover Beach and Pismo Beach,
along with a few detours to our favorite local establishments.

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A Glorious Sand Castle in Pismo BeachSaturday, July 19, 2014 - Busy day at the beach

It was a lovely afternoon, especially for those that enjoy people watching.  The shore was busy with families enjoying the beach. Numerous kids were swimming and boogie boarding.   Others were running in and out of the waves.  The ocean seemed unusually warm, at least for this area. A wedding was being held on the beach by the Grover Beach parking lot.  On the beach a young man was watching the waves and playing his guitar.  Near the pier a glorious sand castle arose.  We had a delicious steak dinner at the Swiss Restaurant in Santa Maria.  The establishment has been around since 1941.  I am not sure what is Swiss about it, but they have fabulous wood grilled steaks and ribs at a reasonable price in a comfortable, but not fancy, atmosphere.  The service was excellent. It does not look like much from the outside, but the food inside is great.  We were treated to a magnificent sunset as we drove back home towards Grover Beach.

Thursday, July 17, 2014 - Dolphins

2 or 3 pairs of dolphins were swimming in the surf very close to shore, maybe 10 or 20 yards out.  Being a shallow beach, one could easily have walked out to where they were swimming, however no one wanted to disturb the graceful animals.  Instead we all watched their show from the shore.

Another beautiful day in Pismo Beach!Wednesday, July 16, 2014 - Pho for Dinner

Dinner tonight was a delicious bowl of Pho at Dragon Palace, located at the corner of Oak Park and Grand Avenue in Grover Beach.  Pho is a Vietnamese noodle soup, which you customize with your choice of meat and condiments. The Dragon Palace has operates a popular Chinese buffet with a wide variety of dishes on one side of the restaurant.  Recently they opened a Pho restaurant in their banquet room.  Following dinner we had a lovely walk on the beach.  The weather was warm and the sea calm.  Seals could be seen swimming off the shore.  Further out we could see whales spouting and occasionally breaching the surface.

Trail near Pismo Butterfly GroveSunday, June 1, 2014 - A Walk Through the Woods?

The trail and boardwalk between Pismo Beach and Grover Beach is one of our favorites.  It takes you along the Pismo State Beach Campground, the Pismo Butterfly Grove, then over the Dunes where you get a spectacular view of the beach.  One section near the Butterfly Grove feels like a deep forest, with trees overhanging the trail.  The path has a variety of good backgrounds, as we often see professional photographers taking portraits along the trail.

Copa cabana Beach Soccer in Grover Beach/Pismo BeacSaturday, May 31, 2014 - Beach Soccer

Brazil may have the World Cup, but Grover Beach has Copa Cabana Beach Soccer!  The tournament this weekend attracted both male and female players covering a wide range of ages.  All seemed to having a great deal of fun. After watching soccer we walked along the beach to Pismo Beach, where we had a delicious burger and milkshake at the Cool Cat Cafe on Pomeroy Ave.   It has a fun, 1950's decor and the service was excellent.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

A beautiful day in Grover BeachLots of small shells along the beachOtters at Pismo Beach
It was a beautiful, warm sunny day at the beach.  Some sections along the shore contained huge numbers of tiny crab shells and other shells.  I often wonder why on some days there are so many small shells, all accumulated on one section of the beach.  In a day or two they will be gone.  As we walked along we spied two otters swimming in the Ocean a short distance off shore.

Thursday April 24, 2014 - Grover Beach on list of Top Small Cities in California

Cities Journal named Grover Beach one of the top 15 small cities in California, just behind Sonoma.  We we always thought it was a great place to live or visit (and it is a lot less expensive than Sonoma!).  Cities Journal was impressed with the mild climate, beach activities including the off-highway riding and camping in the Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area, affordable housing,  Stone Soup Music Faire, and the free Sunday concerts and Farmers Market in Ramona Park.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - Good Night Gulls

Birds flying at sunset along Pismo BeachWe attended the Arroyo Grande Grover Beach Chamber of Commerce monthly mixer at Top Dog Coffee Bar on El Camino Real in Grover Beach.  Food was great and everyone was friendly.  Then it was off to a beautiful sunset walk on the beach.  The weather was beautiful: clear sky, warm, with just the slightest breeze.  Just as the sun ducked down behind the hills, flocks of gulls flew overhead, heading north to their nesting grounds around the cliffs near Shell Beach.

Duck and ducklings at Pismo State Beach North Beach CampgroundA very small duck pond at Pismo State Beach North Beach CampgroundTuesday, April 22, 2014 - Ducklings

Each year a small seasonal pond forms along the trail between the Pismo State Beach North Beach Campground and Highway 1 and each year we observe a pair of ducks happily swimming in the small pond.  This year, because of the drought, the pond was exceptionally small - more like a mud puddle.  Earlier this year we observed the pair of ducks looking rather puzzled at the size their emaciated pond..  That apparently did not stop the ducks.  Today we saw mamma duck with 12 ducklings swimming in the tiny pond. As we approached mamma duck herded the little ducklings to the far side of her minuscule pond. It was a cute sight to behold.   

It was windy on the beach.  The dry white sand blowing over the damp hard sand, created fascinating and ever changing patterns, like rapidly moving clouds in the sky.

Thursday, April 17, 2014  - Comedy Tonight!

It was off to the Great American Melodrama. in Oceano,  where we enjoyed a wonderful evening of comedy and songs.  The first part of the show was The Mark of Morro.  The hilarious comedy took place on the campus of University of California, Oceano and included some great musical numbers, numerous puns and a fun look at college life and comic book heroes,.... I mean graphic novels.  This was followed by Oscar's Favorite Songs, in which the cast went through all 80 of the Oscar Best Song winners in 25 minutes.  OK, they did not actually sing all 80 songs, but at least managed to work the names of those they did not sing into the dialog.   The Melodrama consistently provides a fun evening of live comedy and music at a reasonable price.  They have good eats too!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 - Lunar Eclipse

We were hoping to observe the Lunar Eclipse, however a thin layer of low clouds (or perhaps it is high fog) largely obscured the moon.  It could be faintly seen, and then it would disappear into the clouds, only to dimly emerge a short time later.  The sky was a strange tone of red.

I wonder, is it some sort of omen that the moon turns blood red on Tax Day?

Pismo Kite Board Expo held at Grover BeachSaturday, April 12, 2014   Kite Board Expo

It is the annual Pismo Beach KiteXpo and hundreds of kite boarders and dozens of kite board vendors have hit the beach.  The Expo is at the end of Grand Avenue where it runs into the beach in Grover Beach.  Dozens of kite boarders are sailing up and down the coast.  The many huge, colorful, kites billowing in the wind make  a pretty scene, though I wonder how they keep from getting tangled up in one another.

A greedy gullThursday, April 10, 2014 - A Greedy Gull

As we walked around the Oceano Lagoon we spied a gull with a very large piece of food in its mouth.  It was too large for the poor gull to swallow. However, being a gull, it certainly did not want to share.  Instead it frantically walked back and forth, guarding its treasure.  However it could not put it down to try to eat it for fear that another gull would snatch it away.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014 - Strange Fog

It was a sunny but cool day, with temperatures in the low 60's.   A light, low fog formed over the wet sand on the beach, extending up maybe 3 to 4 feet, giving the beach an eerie appearance.

Pismo State BeachWednesday, March 26, 2014 - Rain!

It has been a very dry winter, so we were thankful today when we got some rain, even though it rained when we were taking our beach walks.  The storm caused larger than normal waves.  The rain was heavy, but only for a short period of time, so we did not get much moisture.  But every little bit helps.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014 - Queer ducks and a gaggle of geese

Duck at Oceano Campground, Pismo State BeachA gaggle of geeseAs we walked along the Guiton Nature trail at Pismo State Beach in Oceano we encountered a number of ducks.  It is spring and the ducks are courting - as well as fending off rival ducks in courtship.  Some are Mallards.  Others seem to be a mixture of various duck types all blended together.  Living near the campground, the ducks are used to humans and allow one to get quite close.  Further down the trail we encountered a family that was out walking their cat.  Blocking our trail however were four geese.   The geese did not want to move off the trail, so we, the family and the cat watched the geese while the geese watched us.  Eventually the geese moved move on.  One never knows what interesting sights there is to see.

Pismo (natural tar) found at Pismo BeachFriday, March 7, 2014 - A Piece of Pismo

Pismo comes from the Chumash Indian word for tar.  Pismo Beach was named after the natural oil and tar seeps that are found in area.  The Chumash would use the tar to caulk their ocean going boats which would travel out to the Channel Islands.  They were the only California tribe that had such ocean going boats.  Oil drilling has been going on in nearby Price Canyon for over 100 years.  Every now an then pieces of natural tar or oil wash ashore. Today we found a large piece of Pismo sitting on the beach.

Sun peaking through the clouds at Pismo BeachThursday, March 6, 2014 - A UFO?

The sun peaking through the cloud layers almost looked like an UFO.  Why is it, that years ago, before everyone was carrying around cell phones with cameras, there were numerous sightings of Unidentified Flying Objects.  Now that that they can be easily photographed by millions of phones, there are rarely any reports of UFOs?

Thursday, February 20, 2014 - KunFusion

Dinner tonight was at KunFusion, a newly opened restaurant at 561 Five Cities Drive, tucked in the corner next to California Fresh Market. For the past few years Chef Lori Nunes has been operating KunFusion out of a truck.  Her tasty and healthy "Asian Fusion" cuisine has developed a popular following.  Now she has opened up a sit down restaurant in Pismo Beach.  We enjoyed the Kluck Fu and some tacos.   

Saturday, February 1, 2014 - The Melodrama

We enjoyed a fun evening at the Great American Melodrama. in Oceano.  The first part of the show was "The Bachelors", a three person musical comedy.  The singing was excellent and the acting superb.  Following that was a Vaudeville Review called "A Kennel Line", a song and dance show about five domestic animals trying out for a pet food commercial.  It too was hilarious.  The Melodrama consistently produces fine comedy shows at a reasonable price.

Thursday, January 16, 2014  - Warm and Sunny

Another beautiful, warm, sunny summer day in January. Temperatures were in the 70's. This area is often nicer weather in winter than in summer. Just offshore we saw a pair of dolphins leaping high into the air.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014 - Lots going on

About a mile off shore there were about 3 or 4 boats.  Overhead to helicopters were circling about.  We later found out that a small plane had crashed into the ocean.  There were no survivors.
On shore a couple were cuddling together in blankets.  At there feet was an open bag of potato chips.  At there head were two sea gulls watching them very carefully, waiting for an opportunity to snatch the chips.

Sunday, January 12, 2014  - Big Surf

Dramatic waves in OceanoBird, waves and sun in Oceano The waves were unusually large and dramatic today.   But the spray blowing off the tops looked spectacular.  Along the shore the birds were eagerly watching for what goodies might wash up.  The tiny Sanderlings would run back and forth, trying to avoid the surf.  The Gulls would at least get their feet wet.  As usual, there were a number of vehicles driving in the section between Grand Avenue and Pier Avenue.  Mostly Pickups and SUVs, though we did see one old Model T chugging along the shore.
Sanderlings at the BeachGulls at the beach

Birds in the Pismo LagoonMonday, January 6, 2014 - The Growing Lagoon

We had virtually no rain this season.  Pismo Creek, which normally would be flowing into the ocean this time of year has been damed  up by the sand on the beach.  As a result there is an ever growing lagoon that now streatches almost from the Pismo Pier to Grand Avenue in Grover Beach.  Though large, most of the lagoon is only a few inches deep.  The birds seem to enjoy it, though it makes it difficult to go from the camp grounds to the beach without getting your feet wet.

Tiny Shells found on Pismo BeachFriday, December 20, 2014 - Tiny Sea Shells

What washes up on the beach seems to change every day.  some days there are piles of kelp.  Other days there are thousands of tiny crab shells or sand dollars. Some days there are even hundreds of lady bugs along the beach.  Today there were hundreds of tiny sea shells littering the beach.

Friday, November 15, 2013 -  A Shooting Star

It was dark by the time we were able to take our evening beach walk.  The evening was cool.  The moon was nearly full.  The waves were quietly lapping against the shore.  High over the ocean we saw a bright but brief meteor streak against the sky.  It was an enchanting evening.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013 - The Green Flash Again, Again and Again

It was a wonderful, warm day.  There was a thin band of clouds offshore. As the sun dipped behind  bthe behind the clouds the Green Flash appeared just above the clouds, briefly swirling before disappearing.  The Green Flash appeared twice more just above the horizon as the sun dropped into the sea.  It was a most unusual sunset!

Sunday, November 10, 2013 - Portrait Day at the Beach

A lovely day for a beach walk at Grover BeachSunset Surfing by Pismo Pier It was another lovely day at the beach, with another lovely sunset.  Not sure why, but there were a lot of folks out on the beach taking portraits of each other.  Some using their phones, some with cameras, even some professional photographers with fancy equipment and a crew.

Thursday, November 7, 2013 - A Sand Trime and The Green Flash

A very small Sand DollarWhile walking along the beach towards the Pismo Pier we found one of the smallest Sand Dollars we have ever seen.  It is too small to even be called a Sand Dime, as it is much smaller than even a dime.  Perhaps it is a Sand Trime.  A Trime is a tiny silver 3 cent coin struck by the United States mint in the mid 1800's.  Being smaller than a dime, it was easily lost, and as might be expected, was not too popular with the public.

When we got to the Pismo Pier we observed an unusual "double" sunset that included the elusive Green Flash.   There was a low cloud bank just above the horizon some distance from the shore.  A Green Flash could be seen just after the sun dipped behind the cloud bank.  The sun emerged from beneath the cloud bank and then moments later, sunk into the sea.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013 - The Butterfly Grove

We stopped by the Pismo Butterfly Grove today.  Lots of Monarch butterflies fluttering by, and thousands more in the trees. There were many more than there were last year at this time.   It is always fun to watch them.  After our walk we had dinner with friends at the Dragon Palace Chinese buffet located at the corner of Oak Park and Grand Ave. in Grover Beach.  The have a wide selection of dishes and decent quality at a reasonable price.

Monday, November 4, 2013 - Thousands of Dollars on the Beach!

The tide was unusually low. As we walked south along the beach from Pier Avenue in Oceano we saw thousands of sand dollars in the sand.  Each week seems to bring different items up on the beach.  Last week there were thousands of small crabs, which the shore birds seemed to thoroughly enjoy.

Sunday, October 27, 2013 - Monarch Grove Winery

Today we stopped by the Monarch Grove Winery Tasting Room located next to the Grover Beach Amtrak Station at 180 Highway One in Grover Beach.   We met with Joe and Cherie Wais, who own and operate the only winery in Grover Beach.  They use locally grown grapes to create a number of delicious varietals and blends.  Our favorites were the 2010 Edna Valley Syrah and the 2012 Zinfandel, which should grow into a wonderful luscious and complex wine as it ages.    Hours are currently noon to 6PM, Thursday - Sunday, however you might want to phone ( 805-709-4875 ) as they are subject to change.

Saturday, October 26, 2013 - You Otter be at the Jubilee by the Sea

The annual Pismo Beach Jazz Jubilee by the Sea is going on this weekend, with world class jazz bands playing in venues all around the city.  Though we did not attend, we did sneak a listen outside one of the tents.  An Otter was playing in the surf near the Pismo Pier.  He kept sticking his head up.  I am not sure if he was trying to listen to the music, or just looking at the people on the shore admiring him.

Saturday, October 19, 2013 - Pismo Clam Festival

It is the 67th annual Pismo Clam Festival this weekend.  Though it is tough to find Pismo Clams around here any more, that does not keep the City from celebrating its heritage.  In addition to the Clam Chowder contest, the locals also celebrate the local wines and beers.  A fun time is had by all.

Paddle surfer and pelican at sunset near Pismo Beach PierWednesday, October 16, 2013 - Enjoying the surf

A paddle surfer and a pelican both seemed to be enjoying the surf.  Further down the coast a pod of dolphins was swimming near the shore.

Wierd sunset at Pismo BeachThursday, October 3, 2013 - Wierd Sunset

After the sun went down, a bright orange ray came up from the horizon into the sky.  Unfortunately the photograph cannot do justice to the unusual occurence.

Guiton Nature Trail at Pismo State BeachMonday, September 30, 2013 - Guiton Nature Trail

We took the Guiton Nature Trail around part of the Oceano Lagoon.  The trail winds its way around the lagoon in the Pismo Beach State Park campground off of Pier Avenue in Oceano.  A number of types of ducks inhabit the lagoon.  The flat and easy trail is about a mile or so long.   The scenery is always pretty and changes through the seasons.  Pick up a brochure at the trail head or at the nearby nature center for an explanation about some of the plants.

Wednesday, September 19, 2013 - Sanderlings and Monarch Butterflies have returned

Today we saw the first of the Monarch Butterflies returning from points North.  As we walked along the beach we saw a large flock of Sanderlings that just arrived from their breeding grounds in Alaska.  It is amazing that such a tiny bird will fly all that distance - just to spend the winter in Pismo Beach!   The weather is beautiful and the summer crowds have left.  You should come too!

Sunday, September 8, 2013 - Pleasant Fall Days

Bird in the sun at Grover BeachBirds at Grover BeachWhile most of the rest of the state may have been cooking, temperatures in the Pismo Beach area have been quite pleasant.  The marine layer kept temperatures in the 60’s for most of the day.    Come to Pismo and cool off.

Gull eating a seal
On the beach a gull feasted on a dead seal.  I would really like to see that bird eat the whole thing!
A much livelier seal splashed in the waves offshore.  Hundreds of birds lined the seashore.

Dolphins swimming in the surf at Pismo BeachSand Castle at Pismo BeachSaturday, August 31, 2013 - Dolphins

It was a warm, sunny day.  A pod of about a dozen dolphins were swimming near the shore.  Some would surf in on a wave, turn around, and then swim back out. Others would leap up out of the water.  Many were swimming in pairs.  They are difficult to catch on my pocket camera.  They would pop up one place, then another.  By the time I push the shutter they disappeared back into the sea. 

Further up the beach another magnificent sand castle appeared next the Pismo Pier.

Thursday, August 29, 2013 - Crab Feast

Thousands of tiny crabs littered the beach today.  The Gulls were have a feast!  Hundreds of gulls lined the shore enjoying their crab buffet.
It is always interesting walking along the beach, as each day different things wash up as they go through their cycle of life.
For humans who want to feast on crab, I recommend The Cracked Crab on Price Street in Pismo Beach.

Sunday, August 25, 2013 - Huckfest

There are sure a lot of big trucks in town this weekend.  It must be Huckfest!  Trucks from all over the country have decended to the Oceano Dunes near Pismo Beach to jump monster trucks in the dunes.  What started out as an informal event a few years ago has grown to thousands of spectators.  The Oceano Dunes SRVA Beach was packed, so unless you got their early or had made reservations with the State Parks, you may have turned away.  I  suggest making reservations well in advance for next year's fun.

Saturday, August 24, 2013 - Stone Soup Festival

The Stone Soup Music Festival and Street Faire is going full swing this weekend at Ramona Gardens in Grover Beach.  A wide range of musical styles are performed on two stages.  The music ranges from Celtic to Soul with a lot of stops in-between.  Folks are dancing in the streets well into the evening. Numerous craft and food booths and a kid’s play area are also part of the festivities.  The festival takes place the third weekend in August, so plan on it for next year.

Moon over GroverWednesday, August 21, 2013 - Moon Over Grover

It was another lovely evening.  Offshore we could see dolphins, seals and even an occasional whale spouting or breaking the surface. The sun set while we were by the Pismo Pier.  By the time we got back to the Grover Beach parking lot, the full moon had risen over Grand Avenue.

Sand Castle decorated with feathers.Monday, August 5, 2013 - Bird Castle

Lots of birds on the beach today, including various types of Gulls, Terns and Pellicans.  We saw this magnificent sand castle decorated with shells and  feathers.  Maybe it was the bird's castle.

Avila Beach as seen from Grover BeachMonday, July 29, 2013 - Dolphins, Seals and Pelicans

It was a beautiful late afternoon.  In the distance the sun was shining down on Avila Beach. We saw seals, a school of dolphins leaping in the waves, and pelicans just a few yards off shore.  There must have been a school of fish to have that many critters so close to the beach.

Friday, July 26, 2013 - Sand Castle City

Lots folks on the beach this afternoon.  Triple Crown Sports is kicking off their baseball tournament with a huge beach party at Grover Beach that brought teams from all over California and even a far as Oregon.  Over towards the Pismo Pier was a wonderful series of sand castles in a variety of styles.
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Jousting at the Central Coast Renaissance FestivalSaturday, July 20, 2013 - Central Coast Renaissance Festival

We stopped by the Central Coast Renaissance Festival today.  As usual it was a lot of fun, with dancers, story tellers, archers, magicians, vendors, jousting and even a parrot show.  Many were in costume, ranging from barbarians to Star Trek officers (it must have been one of the time travel episodes).  The Festival has a wonderful new location at Laguna Lake Park in San Luis Obispo. 

Saturday, February 9, 2013 - Shakers Steak House & Mardi Gras at SLOdown Pub

Mardi Gras at the SLOdown Pub in Arroyo GrandeDinner tonight was at Shakers Steak House on Grand Ave. in Arroyo Grande.  It is one of the few steak houses that raise their own cattle.  The steaks were deliciously barbequed and nicely seasoned. Decorations were noting special, but hey, you come here for the steaks, not for the atmosphere.  They also had lamb, pork chops, ribs and other items that sounded interesting, but will have to save that for another visit.  We were in the mood for beef tonight.  After our delightful dinner, we walked across the hall to the SLOdown Pub, located in the same building.  Stony Hunter and the Rockhounds were playing and the theme was Mardi Gras.  The SLOdown Pub is popular with locals with a good selection of local beers and wines, a limited but tasty selection of food, and great music every almost every night from popular local bands.  This is a family friendly pub that attracts a wide variety of cliental, from teens to seniors.  As is typical, the dance floor is was busy.  In one corner a friendly game of pool was being played, while in another corner couples cuddled up on the sofas. Its relaxed atmosphere makes it a great place to meet old and new friends.

Sunset in Grover BeachFriday, February 8, 2013 - Another Beautiful Sunset

After rain off and on for most of the day, the skies cleared to create another beautiful sunset.  The creek flowing from the Pismo Lagoon was wider and deeper than usual, so we did not attempt to cross it.

Sunset in Pismo BeachThursday, February 7, 2013 - An Otter in the Surf

An approaching storm created a wonderful sunset, with big billowing clouds and high waves.  An otter was playing in surf, about 15 feet from the shore.  He looked at us, we look at him, and then he dived into the waves and swam off.

Saturday, February 2, 2013 - Beach Burgers and The Melodrama

For dinner we had a delicious burger at Beach Burgers on Pier Ave. in Oceano.  It is located about half a block from the beach.   They have a nice variety of hamburgers as well as tasty selection of sides. The patties were huge and the buns fresh and flavorful.   I enjoyed the jalapeno burger.  After our burgers we took a short walk on the beach and enjoyed another wonderful sunset.  Then it was off to the Great American Melodrama.  The Melodrama provides a wonderful evening of entertainment at a modest price. Tonight's show was "Ken Ludwig's The Fox on the Fairway".  It was a fast-paced madcap comedy about an annual tournament between two golf clubs.  Who knew golf could be so humorous.  It was followed by "A Starry, Starry Night Vaudeville Revue" which was filled  song, dance and comedy.   Stars included everything from a star fish to rock stars to movie stars, including Bugs Bunny.  An enjoyable evening was had by all.

Thursday, January 31, 2013 - Beautiful Day - Busy Beach - Horse Problems

It was another warm, sunny day - a wonderful  day for a beach walk.  Apparently a lot of other folks thought so also.  Numerous people were walking along the beach.  Some with dogs, some without.  Some were riding horses.  One horse however did not not want to cross the small creek that drains the Pismo lagoon.  The creek is about 1 to 3 inches deep. Most people on foot were either walking through or hopping over the tiny creek.  But the horse would not budge.  Despite the repeated urging of the rider, attempts to lead the horse across the creek, by both the rider and another horse, the horse would not cross the tiny creek.

Ducks at the Oceano LagoonMonday, January 21, 2013 - Ducks

Numerous ducks and a wide variety of geese and other water fowl make home around the Oceano Lagoon.  It is fun to watch them swim by.

Sand Castle at Pismo BeachSunday, January 20, 2013 - Sand Castle

The warm summer weather continues.  It often seems warmer here in winter than in summer.  In winter we often will get the warm Santa Lucia winds blowing down the hills, while in summer the cool ocean fog is common.  On the beach a family was constructing a marvelous, large, sand castle, utilizing the "drip" technique.  The fine sand along Pismo Beach and low water table make it an ideal place to make "drip" sand castles. 

Fisherman at Grover BeachThursday, January 17, 2013 - Realtor on Horseback & Surf Fishing

Horses are popular in this area. Many folks go horseback riding along the beach.   There is a special "horse area" at the Grand Ave. beach Parking lot in Grover Beach.   The City Manager of Grover Beach regularly rides in local parades.  Today were walking through the Strand neighborhood in Oceano when a local Real Estate Agent rides up on a horse to show a house.
Along the beach there were a number of along the shore fishing in the surf.

Vagabond Inn 3131 South Virginia Street Reno, NSunday, January 13, 2013 - A Motel Sign in Reno

We are in Reno for a few days.  It is COLD here - about 15F.  Those of us from the Central Coast, where it rarely gets close to freezing, are not used to this kind of weather.  We saw this sign in front of a motel here.  Based on the sign, I am not sure I would want to stay there.

Harmony Headlands TrailHarmony Headlands TrailSaturday, January 12, 2013 - Harmony Headlands Trail

We explored the Harmony Headlands Trail.  The picturesque trail starts at Highway 1, near the community of Harmony, winds its way to the Ocean, then along runs along the bluffs where one gets wonderful views of the coast. The trail is about 4.5 miles long and is relatively flat. If visiting, be sure to stop by the tiny community of Harmony, where artists and crafters have taken over what was once a dairy town.  The Glassworks is especially impressive.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013 - Another Unusual Sunset

Just before the sun set behind a low cloudbank located some distance from the shore, it appeared to split into two.  The smaller upper portion turned green just before it disappeared.  The lower portion then set into the clouds.  It was a most unusual sunset.  In the evening we barbequed hotdogs at the Shell-ebration beach house, followed by an evening of karaoke.  Much fun was had by all.

Gulls at Pismo CreekSunday, January 6, 2013 - Gulls by Pismo Creek

Hundreds of Gulls positioned themselves in the area where Pismo Creek runs into the Ocean, watching for some food to show up.  The creek is now deep and wide enough that we can no longer hop across, but we actually get our feet wet. 

Saturday, January 5, 2013 - Lots of Birds

The recent storm must have stirred up lots of goodies for the birds, as there were thousands of birds out along the beach.  Sandpipers were poking their long beaks deep into the sand.  Sanderlings were running and hopping back and forth along the beach as the surf moved in and out.  Further out flocks of Cormorants were bobbing up and down in the swells along the beach. The gulls stood on the beach watching all the activity, waiting for something to turn up that they could snatch away.  

Sun setting behind the clouds on Oceano BeachFriday, January 4, 2013 - An Unusual Sunset

A band of off-shore clouds produced an unusual sunset, as the sun sank behind the clouds and into the sea.

Kim Harrgan gets engaged at the Great American MelodramaSunday, December 23, 2012 - An Engaging Performance

We had a delightful dinner at Old Juan's Cantina in Oceano.  As usual, the food was delicious and service attentive.  Then it was off to the show at the Great American Melodrama in Oceano.  Tonight's performance was their annual Holiday Extravaganza.  It was a full evening of great entertainment.  First was a wonderful performance of Dicken's "A Christmas Carol".  It was followed by a hilarious takeoff on the story of "The Three Pigs", which was larded with numerous pig puns, along with characters from various other fairy tales and a dash of Shakespeare.  Finally there was the Holiday Vaudeville Revue, which featured a series of lively song and dance acts.  Following the second intermission, after honoring birthdays and wedding anniversaries of audience members,  Kim Harrigan was asked to come up on the stage, ostensibly to present her with a piece of birthday cake.  The young woman looked rather confused, until her fiancée, Justin, stepped up, presented her with a ring, and asked her to marry him.  She sweetly accepted and the audience went wild. Kevin, the House Manager consumed the piece of cake while all this was going on. Throughout the rest of the show  the actors worked various references into the production about to the engagement.

Waves at Grover BeachWednesday, December 19, 2012 - Pretty Waves

It was a cool, clear, sunny day.  The Met Life Blimp flew overhead. The surf was unusually heavy, at least for the Pismo Beach area.  Sprays of mist sailed off the waves as they crashed towards the shore.

Santa comes to Grover Beach and Oceano in a Fire TruckSanta comes to Grover Beach in a Fire TruckSunday, December 16, 2012 - Santa Claus comes to town!

Each year, Santa Claus comes to Grover Beach and Oceano in a big Fire Truck, with lights blazing and the siren sounding, courtesy of the Five Cities Fire Authority.  Santa slowly drives up and down most of the streets in town, giving girls and boys, as well as adults, a chance to meet and greet Santa.  Rather than a crew of elves, Santa has a crew of firefighters giving him a hand and guiding his fire truck.

Birds gather at the creek that flows from the Pismo Lagoon to the Ocean.Christmas Tree at the Pismo PierTuesday, December 11, 2012 - A River Returns

We had a much needed rain storm.  It has been a dry year, so we are grateful for the rain.  The creek that sometimes flows from the Pismo Lagoon to the Ocean returned after many months of being dry.  Numerous birds gathered at the mouth of the creek to see what goodies get washed down.  As we approached the Pismo Pier, the Christmas tree came on, with its colorful lights against a colorful sunset.

Saturday, November 24, 2012 - A Wave from an Airplane

It was another beautiful, warm afternoon.  As we walked along the beach, Banner Airways flew overhead in their Stearman biplane.  We waved at the airplane, and the airplane tipped its wings to wave back to us.

Pismo Beach Christmas TreeFriday, November 23, 2012 - Pismo Beach Christmas Tree

Pismo Beach lighted their "Christmas Tree" located a the end of the Pier.  It can be seen for miles around.

Thanksgiving clam in Pismo BeachPhotographer capturing Thanksgiving Sunset at Pismo Beach

Thursday, November 22, 2012 - Happy Thanksgiving

It was a warm Thanksgiving, with temperatures about 70.  A lot of folks, including us, decided to take an afternoon waddle on the beach after gorging on a delicious Thanksgiving meal.  People were snapping photos of the family at the beach and of the gorgeous sunset.

A beautiful Grover Beach SunsetSaturday, November 17, 2012 - Sunsets

There have been many beautiful and impressive sunsets this week.  The impressive sunsets were made even more colorful by smoke from a controlled burn at Montaña De Oro State Park, which is a short distance up the coast.  The controlled burn got out of control and burned more than was intended.  Rain later in the week made sure the fire completely was out, and produced more impressive clouds and sunsets.

Sunday, November 11, 2012 - Pug Party

The local Pug Rescue Society held its first annual Pugsgiving at the Pismo Beach Golf Course in Grover Beach.  There were lots of Pugs, music, more Pugs, food, Pugs, and even a few other dogs as well.  It was fun seeing so many Pugs running around.

A bird admires a Pismo Beach SunsetEgret on the beachMonday, November 5, 2012 - Birds on the Beach

The warm weather continues, with temperatures in the 70's.  It is often warmer on the Central Coast in the Fall and Winter than in the Summer!  There have been numerous birds on the beach, including sandpipers, egrets, and of course, lots of gulls.

66th Annual Pismo Beach Clam FestivalSaturday - Sunday October 20-21, 2012 - Busy Weekend

It was a busy weekend.  The 66th annual Pismo Clam Festivals was going on in Pismo Beach, with a parade, bands, food, contests and more food all weekend.  Saturday afternoon was unusually chilly.  I am sure the Hot Chocolate vendor did well.  The sun came out Sunday afternoon for a glorious afternoon of music.  Saturday we also attended the Central Coast Classic in Arroyo Grande.  The Central Coast Classic is a marching band and color guard field show competition, bringing together High School marching bands from the Central Valley and the Central Coast.  The kids did wonderful shows with precision formations all while marching and playing their instruments.  The Templeton High School band was most amazing, with the band members changing instruments without a break in the music.  Even one of the Color Guards was playing an instrument at one point.

Thursday, October 18, 2012 - 50+ Expo

We headed off to the 50+ Expo at the South County Regional Center in Arroyo Grande.  Most vendors was handing out candy, cookies or other sweets.  Except for the Arroyo Grande Community Hospital.  It was giving out free blood glucose testing.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012 - Unusual Sunset

Unusual Sunset in Grover BeachIt was an unusual sunset this evening.  As the sun descended through the off-shore fog bank, it looked almost like a nuclear explosion rising from the Ocean.

Sunday, October 14, 2012 - Oso Flaco Lake

We hiked through Oso Flaco Lake today.  As we entered the park there was a sign warning us about bear sightings.  We did not see any skinny bears ( or other any other sort for that matter).  We did see a variety birds as we crossed the bridge over the lagoon as well as a large number of birds along the beach, as well as a few photographers taking pictures of the birds. 

Saturday, October 13, 2012 - Looking Up

It was a beautiful warm morning.  Along the beach thousands of Sanderlings were scurrying back and forth.  It is fascinating to watch them.  Many will hop on one leg, yet still are able to move amazingly fast.  One will grab something in its beak and another Sanderling will chase it until the item is dropped.   The next bird picks it up and the cycle is repeated.  I am not sure when they have a chance eat whatever it is they are carrying around.  Also along the beach are the Sandpipers and an occasional gull, looking much more sedate.   A group of pelicans fly in formation, just inches above the breaking waves.  It is amazing how close they fly to the surface, without ever touching it.  Higher over head a group of five Ultra-lights take off from the Oceano Airport and head north.  Even higher the SkyDive Pismo Beach plane gains altitude, ready to make a parachute drop

Friday, October 12, 2012 - Dinner at Brad's

We walked to downtown Pismo from the Grover Beach parking lot and had dinner at Brad's Restaurant.  The Tri-tip salad was excellent, with a generous portion of their famous barbequed tri-tip.  Service was prompt and attentive.  The sun broke through the clouds as we were finishing dinner,  providing for a beautiful late afternoon stroll along the beach back to Grover.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012 - Dolphins!

The morning brought some much needed rain.  It has been months since we had rain around here. The skies cleared and it was a warm and sunny afternoon.  The sea was remarkable calm and flat, especially considering a storm had just passed through.  About 60 yards offshore a school of dolphins were leaping through the water.

Pismo Beach SunsetPismo Beach SunsetMonday, October 8, 2012 - Wonderful Sunsets

The sunsets have been gorgeous, and tonight’s was especially spectacular. It was another warm afternoon.  The sunset started off with a series bright orange rays spreading out to heaven.  As the sun disappeared behind a low cloud the rays merged into one, creating a great orange finger pointing into the sky.  The sun then briefly emerged beneath the low cloud as a bright orange ball, before dipping behind the horizon.  The bright finger of orange continued to reach into the sky even after the sun had vanished.  All along the beach people were stopping to take pictures and admire the beauty.  Unfortunately it is impossible to capture the grandure of the sunset using a smart phone camera.

Monday, October 1, 2012 - We are having a heatwave!

It got up to the mid 80's by the beach, and over 100 inland.  A breeze off the ocean kept the beach quite comfortable, so as might be expected, a lot of folks came to the beach to cool off.  Though it was busy, with miles of beach along here, there was plenty of room for everyone without crowds

Sunday, September 23, 2012 - Sand Sculptures

For the last three days, artist Phil Singer from New York, has been creating huge, wonderful and imaginative sand sculptures next to the Pismo Pier.  I only wish one of my cameras was working so I could get a picture, however both my Nikon and Kodak died.  Modern digital cameras just don't last like the old film cameras.

Saturday, September 22, 2012 - Party of the Beach!

We attended a wonderful birthday party on the beach this evening, complete with a campfire and making s'mores while relaxing in the sand.  Others were also enjoying the beach, I counted over a dozen other campfires up and down the coast between Grover Beach and Oceano.  Groups ranged in size from 2 to over 50.  One group even brought a horse trailer onto the beach and was giving horse and pony rides.  Some of the young kids looked a bit apprehensive at the "big" ponies, but once they got on they were smiling with delight.   Watching a fire on the  beach while listening to the surf is a fun and relaxing way to spend an evening.

Friday, September 21, 2012 - Space Shuttle Flys By

At about 11:15 this morning the Space Shuttle Endeavour, mounted atop a special Boeing 747 and escorted by a chase plane, flew over Pismo Beach, Grover Beach and Oceano, on its way to Los Angeles.  It was quite an impressive sight!

Saturday, September 15, 2012 - A Busy Beach

It was a beautiful sunny Saturday afternoon and a lot was going on.  On the water surfers were riding the waves, and jet skiers jumping them.  Overhead were sky divers were parachuting and the Banner Airways biplane was giving scenic rides.  On the beach were numerous folks like us taking an afternoon walk, driving, or just parked and enjoying the sunshine and waves. A large flock of Sanderlings were scurrying back and forth along the shore. Further south were the ATV riders, and a bit to the north, Beach Butlerz was gearing up for a big beach party.  A wonderful Saturday afternoon was being had by all.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012 - Sanderlings are Back!

The Sanderlings started returning from their annual migration to the Arctic a few days ago.  Today they were out in full force.  There were thousands of them on the beach between Pier Ave. in Oceano and Grand Avenue in Grover Beach.  It is fascinating to watch the birds move all together, like a herd.  As we approach the flocks the they run on either side of us, then close in behind us as soon as we pass.  We felt like Moses parting the Red Sea, only we were parting the huge flocks of Sanderlings.  Even the vehicles driving on the beach did not seem to disturb them.

The Sanderlings enjoy the excellent fall and winter weather on the Central Coast.  It has been sunny, with a light breeze and temperatures in the 60's to low 70's on most days. You should come join the Sanderlings for some beautiful Central Coast weather.

While in Oceano we spied an Osprey that had pulled a fish out of the Oceano Lagoon.

Birds on the beachFriday, September 7, 2012 - Birds on the Beach

Lots of birds on the beach today, including Brown Pelicans, Caspian Terns and various Gulls.

Saturday, September 5, 2012 - Stuffed Pelicans

We were at Avila Beach and saw numerous Pelicans on the Pier.  Fishing must have been good for the birds as their pouches were so stuffed with fish that they could not hold them all.  Some fish were hanging partway out.  Other Pelicans were stealing the fishout of the pouch.  Below the the pier the sea lions were waiting for fish to fall out so they could grab them.

Sunday, August 5, 2012 - Whales!

We started the afternoon listening and dancing to music of the Guy Budd Band at the ongoing Sizzlin' Summer Concert Series and Farmers' Market in Ramona Gardens Park in Grover Beach,    We also some delicious fresh peaches and berries from some of the vendors.  Then it was off to the beach for our beach walk.  A large pod of whales were just a short distance off shore.  From the beach we could see numerous whales spouting and breaching the surface.  Overhead numerous birds were circling and diving.  There must have been a school of fish just below the surface.

Saturday, August 4, 2012 - Dinner at Brad's

We had a very pleasant walk from the Grover Beach parking lot to downtown Pismo Beach, where we had dinner at Brad's.  There was a bit of a wait, but service was pleasant and efficient once we got seated, and the food was excellent. The menu has a nice mixture of barbecue (recommended) and seafood.  After dinner we walked back to Grover.  Along the way we observed whales spouting a short distance off shore.

Beach Butlerz puts on a party on the beachThursday, August 2, 2012 - Beach Party

Someone was preparing for a BIG party on the Beach.  Beach Butlerz was setting out chairs, couches, tents, tee pees,  and torches for a ready made shindig.  They were also barbeque's up some delicious smelling Santa Maria style tri-tip.  It is sure is a lot easier than hauling all the stuff and setting it up yourself.  Too bad we were not invited.

Dogs dancing at the Grover Beach Sizzlin' Summer Concert SeriesSunday, June 24, 2012  Dogs dancing to the music in the Park

It was a beautiful, warm, afternoon with a pleasant Ocean breeze to keep everyone comfortable.  We headed off to Ramona Garden's Park in Grover Beach were we enjoyed the music of Neon Russell, as part of the on-going Sizzlin' Summer Concert Series and Farmers' Market.  Even the dogs were dancing!  Also grabbed some good grub and local beers from some of the fine vendors at the event.

Canoeing in the Oceano LagoonSaturday, June 23, 2012  Canoeing on the Oceano Lagoon

We and some friends went canoeing through the Oceano Lagoon.  It was very peaceful and one could up close to the numerous birds that inhabit the lagoon.  Some of the bridges over the lagoon had low hanging pipes, which meant we had to almost lie flat to get under the bridge.  Others were fishing in the lagoon, though I do not know if they caught anything.

A sand JesusFriday, June 15, 2012 Jesus on the Beach

We have seen numerous sand castles, occasional mermaids, some men and women carved from the sand, but this was the first time we encountered a sand Jesus on the Cross.

Saturday, January 7, 2012 - The Green Flash

It was a warm Saturday afternoon. It often seems that the warmest time of year along the Central coast is in winter.  As we were standing by the Pismo Pier, we was the elusive Green Flash just as the sun went down. 

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