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Saturday, July 19, 2014 - Busy day at the beach
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
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.
Wednesday, July 16, 2014 - Pho for 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.
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.
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.
May 14, 2014
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
Thursday April 24, 2014 - Grover Beach on list of Top Small
Cities in California
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
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
housing, Stone Soup Music Faire
, and the
concerts and Farmers Market
in Ramona Park.
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - Good Night Gulls
attended the Arroyo Grande Grover Beach Chamber of
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
overhead, heading north to their nesting grounds around the cliffs near
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
was exceptionally small - more like a mud puddle. Earlier
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
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
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
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
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,
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
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
faintly seen, and then it would disappear into the clouds, only to
dimly emerge a short time later. The sky was a strange tone
I wonder, is it some sort of omen that the moon turns blood red on Tax
Saturday, April 12, 2014 Kite Board
is the annual Pismo Beach KiteXpo and hundreds of kite boarders and
dozens of kite board vendors have hit the beach. The Expo is
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
pretty scene, though I wonder how they keep from getting tangled up in
April 10, 2014 - A Greedy Gull
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
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
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,
fog formed over the wet sand on the beach, extending up maybe 3 to 4
feet, giving the beach an eerie appearance.
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
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.
Friday, 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.
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
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
. 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
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
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.
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.
Friday, 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
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
Sunday, November 10, 2013 - Portrait Day at the Beach
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
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
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 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.
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.
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.
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
Sunday, September 8, 2013 - Pleasant Fall Days
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
Monday, 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.
Saturday, July 20,
2013 - Central Coast Renaissance Festival
We stopped by the Central Coast Renaissance
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
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.
Friday, 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
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
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.
evening was had by all.
Thursday, January 31, 2013 - Beautiful Day - Busy Beach -
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.
Monday, 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
Sunday, 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.
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
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
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.
12, 2013 - Harmony Headlands Trail
We explored the Harmony
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.
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.
Friday, 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.
December 23, 2012 - An Engaging Performance
We had a delightful dinner at Old
in Oceano. As usual, the food was
delicious and service attentive. Then it was off to the show
at the Great American Melodrama
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.
19, 2012 - Pretty Waves
It was a cool, clear, sunny day. The Met
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
It 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
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
and head north. Even higher the SkyDive
plane gains altitude, ready to make a parachute
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.
Monday, 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
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
, 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
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
at the ongoing Sizzlin'
Summer Concert Series and Farmers' Marke
t 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.
August 2, 2012 - Beach Party
Someone was preparing for a BIG party on the Beach. Beach
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.
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.
Saturday, 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.
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.