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16, 2011 - Birds
Lots of birds along the shore today. It is always fun to see
flocks of Sanderlings were running back and forth across the beach, in
and out of the surf, chirping as they go. An assortment of gulls and
other shore birds were gathered around the where Pismo Creek empties
into the ocean, watching to see what goodies might show up.
Saturday, December 3. 2011 - Christmas is coming
The Christmas season is here. This morning we watched the
Parade on Grand Avenue, in Grover Beach, which is always fun. Lots of
locals in the parade, including local school bands, old cars, and the
Grover City Manager on horseback. Then it was off to the
Airport where they had a fly-in, along with the local Model A Club
driving and displaying their cars (they were every color but black),
and a band playing. Quite a few aircraft came for the
festivities, including a gyrocopter and some ultra-lights.
it was back to Grover Beach for more festivities and activities in
Romana park, We missed the movie under the stars as we were
Christmas party with friends and family. It was a wonderfully
to kick off the Christmas season.
September 26, 2011 - A Mermaid on the Beach
We found a Mermaid laying on the beach, in the remains of what had been
a monster on the beach. The tides had washed away much of the
monster. Anyway, the mermaid was much prettier.
September 26, 2011 - A Band and more Monsters
It was a lovely afternoon. A band was playing on the beach while being
photographed. Soon the band was joined by two surfer-girls
came to see the action. More Sand Monsters were being created by the
September 25, 2011 - A Monster on the Beach
It was a late night walk. As we approached the Pismo Pier we
a great mound loom before us in the dark. It was a sand
Saturday, September 25, 2011 - Arroyo Grande Valley Harvest Festival
Arroyo Grande's annual Harvest Festival continued today.
activities kicked off with a parade through the Village of Arroyo
Other fun activities included a wiener dog race, diaper derby, beard
judging contest, cow chip throwing contest (actually we stayed far away
from that one), as well a bands and numerous food and craft
booths. Lots of fun was had by all.
September 19, 2011 - An
The Pismo Lagoon has been slowly growing larger and larger.
a narrow isthmus of sand separates the lagoon from the ocean.
high tide will probably flood the isthmus, allowing the lagoon to drain
into the ocean, until another sand bar is formed and the process starts
September 11, 2011 -
Grover Beach held an impressive 9/11 memorial ceremony at Ramona Park
that included a huge 30 foot American Flag. After the
the band Unfinished
had the crowd dancing away with rollicking 1960's
roll. That night we took a walk on the beach and found an
impressive, large, 9/11 memorial sand castle on the beach.
Saturday, September 10, 2011 - The Dunites
We took a docent walk to the Dunes at Oso Flaco
lead by Jim Avila of the Central
Coast Natural History
. He described the many artists and
lived in or visited the Dunite community that once existed in the sand
dunes south of Oceano. The Dunites were a loose community of
artists, writers, mystics, hobos, deserters and dropouts.
Steinbeck, Ansel Adams, Edward Weston and Ernest Hemingway
among the many the many that visited the community and enjoyed the
magic of the Dunes. Maybe you should come to and enjoy the
of the Dunes of Oceano.
Wednesday, September 7, 2011 - The Rib Line
It was a beautiful, warm, sunny day on the Central Coast.
is really the nicest time of year around here, with warm sunny
days. After a relaxing beach walk, which included a stop at
Pismo Farmer's Market, we had dinner at The Rib Line
The Rib Line
just opened up this past week on Grand Avenue in Grover Beach, near
Highway 1 and the Amtrak station. They already had a good
reputation from their booths at farmers markets and their other
location in San Luis Obispo. The food was delicious, the service
attentive and the prices fair. We especially enjoyed their
It had lots of meat, lots of flavor, a little heat and no
Aside from the sit down diners, it was also doing a lot of take-out
Sunday, September 4, 2011 - Juggler, Musicians and a Nerd
A lot of people were out enjoying the holiday weekend by the
beach. Yesterday was cool and the beach empty, but today the
came out and so did the people. A young man was practicing
juggling in the Grover Beach picnic area. On the Grover
two musicians were playing guitar and violin duets. On the
near the Pismo Pier a young woman was busily working away on her
laptop. I guess everyone has a different way of enjoying the
Friday, September 2, 2011 - Surfs Up!
A major storm off of New Zealand has brought high waves to the Central
Coast of California, much to the joy of surfers and shore
The surfers are out catching the waves, while hundreds of shorebirds
line the beach to see what new goodies will be washed up in the next
Monday, August 29, 2011- A Seal at Night
It was clear night. The stars were bright and the Milky Way
spread gloriously across the sky. There was no moon, so it
dark. There was something moving in the distance, which we
assumed was a dog. As we approached closer we saw it was a
seal! We got within about 10 feet. We stared at the
seal. The seal stared at us. Then we both went on
ways. The seal lumbered into the surf, while we walked along
Sunday, August 28, 2011 - Pelicans Posing on the Pismo Pier
Though it may be
hot in the Central Valley and Southern
California, and the East Coast is suffering through a hurricane, it is
beautiful here on the Central Coast of California. The
was warm and a slight sea breeze kept the temperatures a comfortable
low to mid 70's. We saw a large number of pelicans flying in
formation up and down the beach. They are such large,
birds, it is sometimes a wonder they can fly at all. A few
Pelicans have taken up positions on the Pismo Pier, posing for tourists
and hoping for handouts. Some will allow people to approach
within a few feet with their camera.
Saturday, August 27, 2011 - Stone Soup
The Annual Grover Beach Stone Soup Festival is in full swing this
weekend at the Ramona Gardens Park. It is two days of live
of all kinds, plus food, crafts, jugglers and other performers, kids
activities, a run through the city and other activities. We
enjoyed the salsa judging contest, but after sampling 13 salsas, some
of which whose heat built up with time, we were happy to find someone
nearby that selling artisan Popsicles to cool our mouths.
August 24, 2011 - Pismo
This afternoon we stopped by the Pismo Beach Farmer's Market, held
Wednesdays throughout the summer next to the Pismo Pier. The
Pismo Farmer's market has a nice selection of local fruits, vegetables,
food, arts and crafts. Mark Wilder
comedy juggling routine while perched on his seven foot unicycle,
adding to the enjoyment of the afternoon.
Saturday, August 19, 2011 - Saw a Seal Swimming in the Surf
It was a lovely evening. A thick fog bank hung some distance
off-shore, keeping the temperatures comfortable all day. As
walked along the shore we saw a seal swimming in the surf. It
would momentarily raise its head above the water, then dive back into
Monday, August 15, 2011 - Circus Train, Dolphins and an Otter
The Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus Red Circus
passed through town this afternoon on its way from Ontario to San
Jose. It was an impressive sight, there must have been well
50 cars of all kinds, including a number of unique railroad cars I have
not seen elsewhere. Our walk was also impressive.
It was a
warm and sunny. As we walked along the beach from Pismo to
Grover, a small school of dolphins was swimming parallel to the shore
just beyond where the waves were breaking. Swimming in the
was a young otter. It was quite an enjoyable afternoon.
Sunday, August 14, 2011 - Open Mike at the SLO Down Pub
a pleasant afternoon walk along the beach, we headed over to the SLO
on Grand Avenue in Arroyo Grande. It was open mike night, so
were able to enjoy a variety of tunes from a number of the local
bands. The quality of the music was excellent and the
performances relaxing and enjoyable. While listening we
delicious light meal from Ellie's
, which shares the building.
Friday, August 5,
2011 - The River Returns
Pismo Creek, which intermittently flows to the ocean between Pismo
Beach and Grover Beach, has returned. It usually disappears
summer due to the lack of rain. Though we have not
rain recently, it has reappeared and is again flowing into the ocean.
Crossing it is not much of a challenge however. It is only a few inches
Sunday, July 31,
2011 - A Beautiful Sunset
It was a gorgeous sunset this evening. The clouds glowed
silver, before turning orange. By the Pismo Pier two men were
flying model airplanes that were lit up with small lights along the
wing, fuselage and tail. The planes looked bright and
as they swooped and danced in the air as evening set in.
July 29, 2011- Arroyo Valley Car Club Cruise Night
is Arroyo Grande Cruise night, sponsored by the Arroyo Valley Car
Some 300 old cars and rods cruising up and down Grand Avenue. There
were thousands of spectators, bands, and food. Great fun was had by
all. The festivities continue with a car show in the Village
Thursday, July 21, 2011 - Dinner and a Show
We had a enjoyable dinner at Old Juan's Catina
Oceano, then took in a show a the Great American
The show, Butch Cassidy and the Sunburnt Kid was hilarious.
included a number of excellent original song and dance routines,
including songs about Oceano. A Cole Porter musical review
followed the show. I highly recommend seeing the
Monday, July 18, 2011 - Walking a bird and walking a kite
A woman with a bird perched upon her shoulder strolled along the shore.
I guess she was taking the bird out for a walk on the beach.
Further down a girl was walking along the shore, with her kite flying
high over head. It seemed appropriate as the kite featured
Sunday, July 17, 2011 - A Shooting Star
It was a warm evening. We enjoyed a beautiful sunset as we
from Grover Beach to the Pismo Pier. It was dark by the time
headed back. As we approached Grover Beach a meteor arched
overhead, heading east, towards the hills, before disintegrating in the
atmosphere. Its long tail covered stretched over a
portion of the sky. It was an impressive sight, though it
only a few seconds.
Sunday, July 10, 2011 - Happy 100th Anniversary Arroyo Grande!
Arroyo Grande celebrated the 100th anniversary of incorporation as a
city this weekend. Festivities included a huge
in the Village, numerous bands at various venues around town, tours of
historic buildings, a parade, all topped off by an impressive fireworks
display. Happy 100th Birthday Arroyo Grande!
Monday, July 4, 2011 - Happy Independence Day
After the morning fog cleared, it was a beautiful, sunny day to
celebrate Independence Day. Pismo Beach had a wonderful
display. Hundreds of others were shooting fireworks off over
Ocean and around Grover Beach, creating a 4th of July fireworks display
that lasted for hours.
Saturday, July 2,
2011 - A Magnificent Sand Castle
We saw a magnificent sand castle, decorated with red, white and blue
sand, near the Pismo Pier. As it was getting towards evening,
surfers were heading in, after an enjoyable day on the waves.
Friday, July 1, 2011 - Another Beautiful day on the Central
Weather is in th 70's and 80's with a light ocean breeze.
like lots of folks are coming this way for the July 4th festivities.
Sunday, June 26,
2011 - Dancing in the Park
Sizzlin' Summer Concert Series
in Ramona Park continued with
music of the Mighty
. It was hot music, warm sunshine and a
breeze. Families enjoyed picnics in the park while listening
the music. Kids played in the fountain while adults
Everyone had a fun and relaxing afternoon.
Thursday, June 22,
2011 - Dinner at Brad's
It was another typical day on the Central Coast. Low clouds
overcast in the morning giving way to a marvelous sunny
afternoon. Today we walked from the Grover Beach parking lot
Pismo Beach. Getting there about dinner time, and being
we stopped in at Brad's on Pomroy Ave. in Pismo. I had a
delicious tri-tip salad. Service was excellent. Prices were
reasonable. Brad's has both indoor and outdoor seating. We then worked
off dinner by walking back to Grover. Like us,
many people walking along the beach enjoying the waves.
Sunday, June 19, 2011 - Happy Father's Day
It was a busy
day. First to we enjoyed some
lively country music by Monte Mills and the Lucky
at the Grover
Sizzlin' Summer Concert Series
in Ramona Park. Nice tunes,
voices and nice weather made for an enjoyable afternoon. The
weekly concerts are held in conjunction with the Grover Beach Farmer's
Market, which brings in a variety of delicious local produce as well as
local arts, crafts, food and beer. In the evening
we had a
beautiful walk along the Bluffs Coastal Trail in Shell Beach.
paved trail hugs the coastline and overlooks the Ocean, providing
beautiful views of Pismo Beach and Avila Beach. The trail
a community of impressive, palatial homes. Along the trail we
rabbits and deer. After our walk we headed to Doc
Burnstein's Ice Cream Lab
in the Village
of Arroyo Grande
, where we enjoyed their delicious and unique
flavors of locally produced ice cream in a fun atmosphere.
Saturday, June 18, 2011 - Le Petit Cafe
After checking out some more of the cars at the Pismo Beach
we ventured down Grand Avenue to try Le Petit Cafe. The
recently opened "Parisian Cafe" is located at 1351 E. Grand Ave. in
Arroyo Grande. The food was excellent, though the menu
primarily to sandwiches and a few salads (Pizza was listed, but not
available). Prices were reasonable. Service was as
expected from a Parisian Cafe
- the meal took 2 hours due to the slow service.
Friday, June 17, 2011 - Cars, Cars, Cars!
It is Father's day weekend,
so it is time for
the Annual Pismo Beach
Classic car show
Hundreds of cars, including street rods, woodies, and all sorts of
wonderfully restored and heavily modified cars of all eras.
of fun, wonderful food, a good selection of vendors. Come on
and have some fun in the warm Pismo sun and see some classy cars.
Wednesday, June 15, 2011 - Summer is here
It was a beautiful sunny, day. Finally! It has been
unusually cool spring, We even had rain in June for the first
time in I don't know how many years. Anyway, the sun was
kids were playing in the surf. An unusual light, very low,
fog developed on the beach as we walked towards Pismo. It
extended just a foot or two above the sand, and just maybe a dozen
yards inland from the water's edge. It was unusual and refreshing.
Saturday, June 11, 2011 - Party!
Lots of graduations this week, and a lot of graduation parties on the
beach. Numerous groups, ranging in size from about 4 to over
have set up campfires on the beach to celebrate. The beach is
large and long, which makes it easy to accommodate so many groups, all
Wednesday, June 8, 2011 - Ducklings
Lots of ducklings swimming with their mothers in the Pismo Lagoon.
There must have been about 2 dozen of them. We have been
them as they grow up, from cute bundles of feathers into small
ducks. Soon they will fly away.
Wednesday, May 18, 2011 - Icebergs!
not in Pismo
Beach, we are on a cruise to Alaska. Having a wonderful time
enjoying the scenery, but I do miss walking on the beach and sticking
my toes in the water.
Tuesday, May 10, 2011 - A Windy Day
Dozens of kiteboarders
advantage of the windy day to sail through the surf. The
colorful, kites was a pretty site over the waves.
Monday, May 9, 2011
- A new bridge
A number of improvements were recently completed along the boardwalk
and trail between Pismo Beach and Grover Beach. Included is a
bridge between the Monarch Butterfly
Pismo State Beach Campground.
Campground is always
popular, as it is just a short walk to the beach or to downtown Pismo
Wednesday, May 4, 2011 - Walking a goat
It was another warm,
sunny day. Many families were walking along the beach with
dogs. One family was walking not only with their 2 dogs and
children, but also a baby pet goat. The youngest
leading the goat. You might say it was a kid leading a kid.
May 2, 2011 - A
Warm, Sunny Day
was beautiful, sunny afternoon. Temperatures got up to the
80's. The sea was calm. Kids were playing
in the surf
and in the sand. The surfers around Pismo Pier were waiting
some waves to ride.
Sunday, May 1, 2011 - Ducks in a row
All traffic stopped on Highway 1 this morning between Grover Beach and
Oceano, when a mother duck lead her 4 ducklings across
the Pacific Coast Highway. Why did they cross the
Must have been to get to the other side.
April 24, 2011
- Happy Easter!
Happy Easter from Pismo Beach. The Pismo Clams are all
their Easter finest - They look like Easter Bunnies!
Saturday, April 23, 2011 - Kiteboarders
Annual Pismo Beach Kite Expo
was in full swing at the Grand
entrance to the beach. Exhibitors from all over the country
numerous kiteboarders were trying out equipment and showing off their
stuff. The sky was filled with their colorful kites as the
kiteboarders zipped through the surf and performed wondrous tricks as
the lept into the air.
Sunday, April 17, 2011 - Aloha!
We spent a pleasant Sunday afternoon listening to live Hawaiian music
at the Red
Dirt Coffee House
in Arroyo Grande. Red Dirt is a
comfortable, family run, Hawaiian themed coffee house serving delicious
Kona coffee drinks as well as a variety of sandwiches, pastries and
other goodies. It is a fun place to visit and
Saturday, April 16, 2011 - A Full Moon
The moon was full. The waves were lapping quietly upon the
To the south there were dozens of fires glowing upon the beach.
Families and groups were gathered around the fires singing, talking,
roasting marshmallows and having fun in the warm, evening air.
Thursday, April 14, 2011 - Two Otters
It was another lovely warm day. Two otters played in the surf just a
few feet off shore, much to the enjoyment of those walking along the
Saturday, April 2, 2011 - A Marriage Proposal
yellow, Stearman bi-plane
circled overhead pulling a huge
“AMBER, WILL YOU MARRY ME?”
Friday, April 1, 2011 - Walking a Turtle
It was another warm, sunny day. A lady was walking her pet
through the streets of Grover Beach. The turtle was prettied
with a bunch of artificial red roses tied to its back. As
be expected, they were walking very slowly.
31, 2011 -
Warm and Sunny
It was a warm and sunny day, with temperatures in the low
Lots of people decided to head to the beach, though with miles of
beach, there was plenty of room for everyone.
29, 2011 - Saw a
Today we say a beaver swimming in the lagoon that lies behind the
houses along the Strand neighborhood.
Friday, March 11, 2011 - Tsunami!
severe earthquake in Japan triggered a Tsunami alert along the
California coast. Starting around 2AM, those camping on the
and staying in low areas near the Ocean were told to evacuate.
Campers were evacuated to the parking lots of nearby shopping
centers. The Tsunami finally hit around mid-morning.
Ocean retreated, similar to a very low tide, then quickly washed back
in. Though the beaches were evacuated, many watched the Ocean
from nearby streets and sand dunes. By early afternoon all
allowed to return to the beach. There was no significant
in local area. Morro Bay suffered some damage to boats and
7, 2011 - A
Message in a Bottle!
found a message in a bottle that had been washed ashore.
the message was not a map to buried treasure, or someone looking for a
soul-mate. It was from someone wanting more whiskey as they
up all that was in the bottle!
March 6, 2011
- A Beautiful, Cloudy Day
It was a beautiful cool, cloudy day. The sea was calm.
was a lovely day to walk along the beach.
Sunday, February 6,
2011 - Superbowl Sunday
While the fans freeze in Dallas, families are out enjoying the
continued warm sunshine in Pismo Beach, Grover Beach and Oceano. There
were young people enjoying themselves playing guitars and singing on
the beach, children playing in the surf, people riding horses, walking
their dogs, reading on the beach, and just laying in the sun.
Instead staying in the cold in the eastern part of the country, how
about coming out to California's wonderful central coast and enjoy the
beach, maybe visit some wineries
antiquing, or just
enjoy the warm, sunny weather.
February 5, 2011 - Butterflies are free
Hundreds of Monarch butterflies continue to flit around the Pismo Beach Monarch
. They enjoy the warm winter weather found in
The Butterflies fly hundreds or thousands of miles (no one is quite
sure where they come from) to winter in Pismo
start leaving for their summer grounds later this month.
then, one can spend hours watching them. Of course, visiting
butterflies is free.
February 1, 2011
- Parker's first visit to the beach.
(age 7 weeks), took his first visit to the beach today. He
more interested in sleeping as we walked along the shore enjoying the
warm sunshine and beautiful scenery.
Friday, January 20, 2011 - Emerald Green Sunset
It was another beautiful, sunny day. There was a beautiful
flash just as the sun set this evening.
Wednesday, January 19, 2011 - A Beautiful Full Moon
It was a cloudless night. The full moon was bright, lighting
the waves and beach with a soft, white, glow. Some
parked their trucks on the beach and were enjoying a romantic evening
watching the waves.
Tuesday, January 18, 2011 - Dog Days of Summer
The warm, sunny weather continues. The tourists that came for
Martin Luther King Day weekend have gone home and the locals were out
in force, walking their dogs on the beach.
Monday, January 17, 2011 - Another sunny summer day in January
It was another great day at the beach as the warm weather
continues, with temperatures in the 70's and 80's. If you are in the
fog of the Central Valley, you should really consider coming to the
sunny Central Coast. The beaches, hotels and restaurants are all
uncrowded this time of year. You can come again in Summer.
it is in the 100's in the Central Valley it is usually cool on the
January 15, 2011 - The Arboretum and a sunny afternoon on the beach.
In the morning we visited the Leaning
at near-by Cal Poly University
wonderful collections of colorful plants from around the world that
grow well on California's Central Coast. In addition there is
magnificent formal garden (totally unlike anything that will ever be
found in my yard). One could even learn more about the plants by
"calling" them with a cell phone. The hot-houses were open,
one could wander through and see what was growing. It was
pleasant way to spend the morning.
In the afternoon we took our beach walk from the Grand Ave. Parking lot
towards the Pismo Pier. The temperature was about
were a number of people on the beach enjoying the warm sunshine and
cool water. Because the beach is both long and wide, it was
crowded. Everyone could find their own spot. One
assembling a sculpture out of driftwood. With the recent
a lot of branches have washed up on the beach. Others were
cycling, walking their dog, having a barbeque, or just enjoying a warm
Saturday afternoon at the beach.
Friday, January 14,
2011 - Nice day to go for a drive
on the beach
After a windy morning, it warmed to a beautiful, warm, sunny,
afternoon. It was a perfect day to go for a drive on the
beach. Oceano Beach is the only public beach in California
allows vehicles to drive upon it. The State charges a small
to drive on the beach. Though we walked (walking is free), we
plenty of people with their cars, trucks, and RVs, all enjoying the
spring weather in January.
Wednesday, January 12, 2011 - Hot and Cold
The temperature was in the 70's this afternoon. Due to a busy
schedule we were not able to start our walk until after
As we walked along the beach, the cool sea air was starting to displace
the warm land air, resulting in alternating gusts of warm and cool
air. There must have been a difference of 10 to 15 degrees
between the warm and cool air.
11, 2011 - The Shimmering Sea
It was another beautiful, warm day. The ocean was
Towards evening clouds moved in, forming a dazzling pattern of light
upon the water. A woman was walking along the shore singing
January 9, 2011 - A short walk
It was another wonderful warm afternoon. Just perfect for a
pleasant stroll on the beach. Our walk was cut short however.
recent rains have swollen Pismo Creek so that we can no longer easily
cross the creek on our usual walk from Grand Avenue to the Pismo