We left San Diego and travelled up the coast to Guajome State Park near Oceanside, CA. It is about 6 miles inland from the beach, but the camping is much cheaper and has more amenities. So, after settling in, going to the playground, and sending Troy to the grocery store, we decided to head to the beach.
The ranger at the campground told us about the Oceanside peer. It is one of the longest in the US at almost 2000 feet long. It's FREE to walk and fish and someone had already paid our parking meter for 3 hours before we got there. Score! It's a long walk in the wind down the peer, but the different sea birds along the way make it enjoyable. Morgan was upset because she thought the pelicans were eagles. Silas just wanted to see a shark. Troy was making a beeline for fish and chips waiting at the end of the peer at Ruby's Diner. I was freezing, so anything out of the wind sounded great to me. Note to self...ALWAYS take a jacket to the beach.
After our snack, we played on the beach and watched the sun go down again. It never gets old. There was also a playground in the sand directly behind us, so it was like cookies in one hand and cake in the other. Happy kids. Happy Parents.
We really enjoyed our visit to Oceanside, especially this time of year. There were no crowds, plenty of parking, the pier and surrounding area was immaculate, and the sunset continued to increase in beauty even after the sun was down. I tried to take pictures, but they did not do it justice. If you ever have the chance, pay a visit to this charming town.
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