Surf's Up!!

Trip Start May 09, 2009
Trip End May 27, 2010

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Faria Beach Park

Flag of United States  , California
Wednesday, November 18, 2009

We lucked out in many ways in Ventura CA.  First of all, we got a campsite at Faria Beach Park (one of many parks run by Ventura County), complete with gorgeous sunsets.  We had full hook-ups, but even better we were right by the ocean, with only rocks in between.  Second, we had ring-side seats on the rocks to watch the surfers braving the cold water.  Third, we were able to see the Channel Islands from our site and had great weather for a boat tour there.

While the campsite was great, we discovered that the park was the place not only for surfers to access the ocean (by clambering over the rocks) but also for the odd ducks (of the human variety) to come out of the woodwork.  We had arrived mid-week, so we had our choice of campsites, with nobody on either side of us.  That didn't last long as people pulled in for the weekend.  We ended up with a couple next to us where the husband (who looked and sounded like Joe Pesci in My Cousin Vinny) constantly yelled in a very loud voice to his wife - while he was outside the trailer and she was inside (she rarely ventured outside).  He was so loud (and understand this is over the loud but more pleasant sound of the surf) that we ended up closing the windows on that side of the trailer.  One morning before I closed the window, he stood outside peeking in while I was sitting by the window.  CREEPY!!  And then I went to use the showers and there was a homeless person nearby who had obviously spent the night there.  DOUBLE CREEPY!!  Then it just turned bizarre when the weekend came - kind of a redneck Riviera atmosphere.  But we still had those incredible ocean views and sunsets!

The highlight of our Ventura adventure was a boat tour to Santa Cruz Island, one of the Channel Islands.  The Channel Islands and the surrounding waters are protected as a national park.  We had great weather until late in the cruise when it appeared that a storm was moving in.  But by the time we docked, it had all blown over.  We always enjoy a boat ride and we had a great time on Santa Cruz hiking along the island's rim above its high cliffs.  Another National Park under our belts!

This was our last stop along the Californian coast and we were somewhat sad to be leaving, but we had more places to see before winter came to the higher altitudes inland.

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