December 29, 2009 - Photographers Out To Get Another Beautiful Sunset
There are really a lot of gorgeous sunsets here in the Pismo Beach area
in winter and today was no exception. The sun sets over the ocean,
which allows for long, wide vistas. Even when it is clear on land,
there are often clouds over the ocean which pick up the bright orange,
pink and red hues of the setting sun. It is not hard to get a
beautiful sunset picture, so there are often a lot of photographers out
to that always impressive sunset shot.
Saturday, December 26, 2009 - Santa Maria Museum of Flight
Today we visited the Santa
Maria Museum of Flight
, located at the Santa Maria
We had a personalized tour of the exhibits, which included two hangers
as well as outdoor exhibits. Included were a variety of early
airplanes, "home built" experimental aircraft, military jets and
numerous models and exhibits. The facility
was used in filming the 1991 Disney film "The Rocketeer
to the movie is also exhibited. The museum also houses
I recommend a visit for anyone with an interest in aviation.
December 25, 2009 - A Donkey Cart
Merry Christmas! It was another warm
day. Many families were on the beach enjoying games of
beach walking, dog walking, picnicking, building sand castles and so
forth. One of the more interesting was a couple that came
trotting down the beach in a donkey cart!
December 24, 2009 - Christmas Eve
A glorious, warm day today. Numerous people are walking and driving up
and down Oceano Beach. Oceano
is the only public beach in California where vehicles
still permitted to drive on the beach. Further down the beach
others enjoying the ATVs and dune buggies in the dunes. I am
glad we are no longer in Oklahoma. There are reports of heavy
snow, blizzards, and below freezing weather.
2009 - Oklahoma!
No beach walk today. We are in Enid, Oklahoma. Our daughter
received her Air Force Pilot's wings today at Vance Air Force
Base. Mom and Dad (and the
rest of the family) are very proud.
2009 - Oso Flaco Lake
provides a lovely and varied nature
trail starts through a wooded area, then proceeds on a boardwalk that
crosses the shallow lake. You will then cross the huge sand
to end up at the ocean. Numerous birds and wildflowers are
along the way. It is a wonderful way to spend a few hours
observing and enjoying nature. The Oso Flaco Lake
located a few miles south Oceano off of Highway
1. Or, if you want a good long walk, you can just
few miles south along the beach from Pismo Beach to get ther (assuming
the beach is not blocked to protect nesting birds).
December 13, 2009 - Nature Center and Nature Trail
visited the Pismo
located in the Pismo Beach State Park campground off of Pier Ave. in
Oceano. Though not large, the nature center has exhibits on
wildlife and the Chumash Indians that inhabited the area, as well as a
small gift shop. Most of the exhibits are oriented towards
children, though us adults learned some things as well. The
Nature Center is open Friday - Sunday 1 to 4PM Sept. to May, and daily
except Tuesday and Thursday June through August. Docent programs are
offered most weekends, so check their schedule. Following our
visit we attempted to walk the Guiton Trail. The 1 1/2 mile
trail guides you through the many habitats that surround the Oceano
Lagoon. We saw a variety of birds and ducks, a deer and signs of
beaver. It is hard to believe as you walk through the woods
meadows that you are just a few hundred yards away from the state
highway and housing developments. It is all so quiet and
peaceful. The water level of the lagoon was high due to the
recent rains. Part of the trail was flooded out, so we will
to save the rest of the trail for another day.
Saturday, December 12, 2009 - A Short Walk
The rains continued off and on today. After we finished
there was a break in the rain, so we thought we would take a night
beach walk. We started at the Grand Ave. parking lot and
north towards the Pismo Pier. Alas, we did not get very
far. The rains caused the normally dry creek that is next to
Pismo State Park camp grounds to turn into regular stream that flowed
across the beach. Though the stream was not deep, it was
wide, the night was dark, and I was wearing socks and
sandals. After getting about half way across and getting my
wet, I decided to turn back and head for the comforts of a
Monday, December 7, 2009 - A Beautiful Sunset
It rained today - we really needed it. It has been a dry few
years. The clouds broke in the late afternoon creating a
spectacular sunset with multiple layers of clouds reflecting the sun's
Sunday, December 6, 2009 - Family Visit
No beach walk today. Got a call today from a distant cousin who we have
not seen for years. She was in the area so we met at Cafe
Andreini in The Historic
Village of Arroyo Grande
. It was good to see her at
other than a funeral, and to chat and visit in the relaxing, casual,
atmosphere of the Cafe.
Historic Village of
runs along East Branch
Street. It has a
wonderful collection of small shops, antique stores, restaurants, and
museums located in historic buildings. Adding to the "old time"
atmosphere are a few chickens running loose. If you visit, be
sure to walk across the "swinging bridge" that crosses Arroyo Grande
Creek. Originally built in the 1800's, it is the last of its
November 30, 2009 - Fancy Riding on the Beach
was another beautiful, warm, day here on the Central Coast.
watched a beautiful sunset on the beach. The moon was almost
full. Numerous birds were feeding in the surf. A
was practicing some fancy riding on the beach.
For those who would like to try some riding, The Pacific
in Oceano offers horseback rides along the shoreline
the beautiful Oceano
November 29, 2009 - The Historic Price House
was another warm, sunny day. Today we decided to explore the Price
in Pismo Beach
rather then do our usual beach walk. The park is the home of
historic Price Anniversary House and other historic structures, along
with a replica of a traditional Chumash Indian village. John
Price, the founder of Pismo Beach, built the house to his wife for
their 50th wedding anniversary in 1893. We were expecting the
Price House to be closed for the season, however to our delight we
found Effie McDermott, President of the Friends of Price House, at the
park. She gave us, and another couple who was related to John
Price, a personal tour of the house and grounds. The Park
the dedication and hard work of those who maintain the areas heritage.
2009 - Happy Thanksgiving
It was a warm, sunny
day. We had a delicious Thanksgiving feast, then needed a
waddle to work off some dinner, before engaging in deserts.
saw a brief green flash when the sun went down, then walked inland to
Pismo Beach where we passed this giant Clam Turkey in front of the Pismo
Village RV Resort.
The giant clam is one of several throughout the city. A few times a
year the giant clams are done up in a seasonal costume. This
Thanksgiving it is a Turkey. It is always fun to watch to see
the giant clams change throughout the year.
Sunday, November 22, 2009 - Butterflies
Today we walked along the boardwalk over the dunes to the Pismo
There were thousands and thousands of butterflies, some flying about,
some resting in trees. The Pismo Butterfly Grove is one of
largest Monarch Butterfly wintering areas in the United States.
Butterflies stay here from about October to February, when the fly
north. It is a wondrous place to visit and spend a few
watching the butterflies. The butterfly count is down this
possibly due to the drought, however there were still plenty of
butterflies to be seen.
2009 - I'm Hungry!
It was another lovely, late afternoon walk along the
beach. We watched the sun disappear into the Pacific. As we
approach the Pismo Pier we are first hit with the magnificent aroma of
garlic and butter emanating from the Sea Venture
Proceeding further we are get the smells of other delicious foods from
some of the fine restaurants along Pomeroy Ave. in Pismo
am getting hungry. Too bad my wife did not come along so we
have dinner here.
Thursday, November 19, 2009 - Birds on a dark night
It was a late walk tonight, due to a meeting at church
It was a clear,
dark, moonless night. Dozens of Sanderlings
running back and forth in the surf in the dark, looking for
dinner. The more sedate Gulls just stood by watching the
and hoping to find something to eat. Watching the small
Sanderlings quickly scurry about on their tiny legs is always
fascinating. The amazing birds winter in the Pismo Beach area, then fly
thousands of miles each year to breed in the Arctic during the
summer. I wonder when they sleep.
Tuesday, November 17, 2009 - Wonderful
The last bit of sun turned pale green just before it disappeared below
the horizon. The sun vanished and a moment later there was a
brief but intense emerald green flash. Unfortunately my
camera was too slow to capture the wonderful but fleeting moment.
Sunday, November 15, 2009 - A Lovely Sunday
It was a lovely Sunday afternoon as we strolled down the
The weather was warm. The surf was quiet. There were joggers,
walkers, and lots of people walking their dogs.
November 8, 2009 -
walked from the Grand Avenue parking lot, located next to the Grover
along the beach, to the Pismo Pier. In Pismo we
enjoyed a delicious fruit-topped frozen yogurt from Pismo Yogurt
street musicians and watching the world walk by. We took the
board walk trail back to Grover Beach. The "board
(actually only the first and last sections are wood) runs from Pismo
Beach, through the
State Beach campground
, by the Butterfly Grove
where one gets a wonderful view of the beach. It was a
pleasant Sunday afternoon.
7, 2009 - Big Waves
were unusually large waves today, though by late afternoon they were
starting to die down. The waves had carved out all kinds of
interesting patterns, undulations and small streams in the
sand. The waves must have been strong as several large rocks
giant kelp attached to them washed up onto the shore. The
out by the Pismo Pier, as were the beachcombers with metal detectors
looking treasures in the sand.
2009 - Dinner at Mama's Meatballs
We had dinner at Mama's
, a delicious Italian Restaurant on Pier Ave. in
before engaging on our evening beach walk. As usual, the
packed, the food was superb, and the service a bit
recommend it both for dining in or for take out.
It was quite dark for our after dinner beach walk as the moon had not
yet risen. The waves flashed a eerie, bright, phosphorescent
green. The stars and Milky Way could be clearly seen
The walk was a wonderful, relaxing way to end the day.
Thursday, November 5, 2009 -
We started our walk at Grover Beach shortly after the sun went
Though it was clear on the beach, the storm clouds in the distance had
a bit of their red glow from the sunset, creating a dramatic
nightfall. It was dark by the time we reached the Pismo
Pier. The lights from Avila Beach twinkled in the
On our return to Grover we noticed many of the waves had an unusually
bright phosphorescent glow as they broke against the beach.
lights of a ship could be seen in the distance.
November 4, 2009
- Scary Poppins
No beach walk today - we went to the Great American
in Oceano. The main production was "Scary Poppins", a
playful, spoof on Mary Poppins, followed by their United Swing!
Organization Vaudeville Revue. Scary Poppins was very funny
non-stop parody songs and antics. The vaudeville revue was a
tribute to the U.S.O. clubs and featured song and dance from the 1940's
and 1950's era. Those actors must be exhausted
after a show
like that - not to mention serving food, seating patrons,
etc! As usual, the Melodrama provides an excellent
of entertainment for a moderate price.
November 2, 2009 - A
Romantic Full Moon
Now that it is getting dark early, the Beach walks are sometimes by
moonlight. It was a beautiful evening, with a low tide,
ocean, a light, low ocean fog, and the nearly full moon reflecting off
the wet sand. I would even call it romantic - if I was not
walking with my sister.
Wednesday, October 28, 2009 - A Dramatic Sunset, and another
It was a most an unusual sunset this evening. As the sun set, the
atmosphere refracted it into three parts, making it look almost like a
goblet, with a large base, large top, and a smaller protrusion on the
stem. Soon the center protrusion disappeared, then the sun
set below the horizon, yet the image of the sun still could be seen
hanging over the ocean. Just as the final image of the sun disappeared
into the ocean there was a bright Green Flash.
October 24, 2009 -
The Green Flash
long as I can remember, father has always wanted to see The Green
Flash, but until now, has never observed it. The Green Flash
rare atmospheric phenomena that occurs at sunset (or sunrise)
where a momentary green flash occurs just after the sun sets.
for a further explanation.
parents were visiting, so we decided to have a picnic at the Grover
Beach picnic tables. As sunset approached we went out on the
boardwalk to the beach. About 8 to 10 people were out there
admiring the pretty sunset. My father was there, with one eye
the camera to try to take a picture, one eye observing the
sunset. Just as the last bit of the sun went down it flashed
green for about half a second. It was not as big or as
a Green Flash as I have sometimes observed, but there was definitely a
Green Flash. Some of those on the boardwalk clapped or
about it. At last he had seen the Green Flash.
Unfortunately, digital cameras being slow, he was unable to
capture the image.
October 22, 2009 -
Dolphins at play
A pair of dolphins swim about 30 yards off-shore playing in the waves.
Looks like they are having fun!
October 11, 2009 - See the Seal
A seal wades ashore and poses for tourists and photographers, before
returning to the Ocean.
Saturday, October 10,
2009 - A Magnificent Sand Castle by the Pier
most Saturday afternoons during "tourist season" there appears a most
wonderful sand castle
just north of the Pismo Pier. Hours of labor go into these imaginative
creations - only to be washed away by the next tide. A bucket
donations to the local Pregnancy counseling center is set up near by
during the construction.