Back on route one, leaving the urban sprawl behind, we passed through Newport and continued onto Laguna beach, priced out of any beachfront properties, we headed for the hills, where we stayed for a few nights, day tripping to the beach.
Tom had found some campsite online, that we’d reserved weeks in advance, near to San Clemente, and on San Onofre state beach… he had warned me that it was near to a freeway, but with easy access to the beach! The campsite was huge, and ran alongside the freeway and wait for it, a train track too, and to add more noise it was right near a navy base, where they was fighter planes going past and test bombs exploding -my god it was loud… so loud it was laughable, lucky for us I always carry earplugs so we slept like logs. We camped for two nights, and had the company of a lovely couple, Tracey and Dave who lived in Santa Ana, CA – we put the worlds to rights around the campfire, and Tom picked up some tips on surfing, as Dave had surfed all his life.
The beach was lovely, a good beach for people learning to surf – Tom was out there surfing one morning and someone asked him, ‘you seen any sharks?’ Tom said, ‘No, well I’ve still got both legs’ thinking he was joking, however he wasn’t apparently someone had seen some earlier that morning!! Eek (that was me staying out of the water!)
Leaving our noisy campsite, we headed to Oceanside, where we had the pleasure of staying on a boat (courtesy of Airbnb), both me and Tom had never stayed on a boat – to summarise, it’s basically like a caravan on water – compact!!! It was fun, we didn’t cook on there – but being on the water was lovely, I could quite easily adjust to harbor life! In the morning, after having breakfast on deck, while the seals popped up to say hello, we took some canoes out onto the sea, allowing us to see the pelicans up close.
From Oceanside we drove down to Encinitas, a really cool surfer town, with amazing food stores, restaurants and bars… the place had a lot going for it for such a small place. We both hit the surf, chilled on the beach and ate well.
Tom believes this is up there with one of the best sandwiches to he’s had to date – BBQ tri-tip on brioche bread, and wait for it – it’s freshly made to order from a supermarket – you don’t get that in the UK.