Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Even though I was parked less than 50 feet from the freeway, I slept well, as the traffic thinned out after about nine O’clock. I purposely parked off the pavement to be away from the semi-trucks and it worked out well.
I was up and ready to roll by 8:15, heading off towards LA in the cool morning air. I needed the heater on, as it was cold enough until the sun warmed the ground and then I had the window open to keep from getting too hot. I took I-15 into the valley, and then headed south on Hwy 91, connecting to the toll road ($10.50, but worth it to miss a lot of traffic) that would take me directly to Doheny State Park.
I arrived at the park right at noon and drove in. It seems that they won’t check you in until 2 PM, even though check out time is 11 O’clock. It’s not like they need to clean the area or make beds, so I don’t understand that, but they had me park in the overflow parking lot and told me to enjoy the beach while I wait.
I parked and disconnected the Jeep, played with Zack, then drove around to find my spot, which of course was empty. I had spoken with my sister, Sharry, and we planned to meet at a restaurant in the Harbor for lunch, so I headed over there, which is actually walking distance from the park.
Sharry and I had a nice lunch on the patio, watching the sea birds, people and boats that were coming and going. We took Zack for a nice walk, letting him greet some of the other dogs along the way. When we were back at our cars, Sharry headed home, while Zack and I went back to the park to check in. I took the Jeep to the spot and parked, walking back to the motor home and driving it to the spot. I parked and got set up, only to find out that there are NO hookups at all. Two years ago, when I stayed at the state park just down the highway, I had full hook ups, and on the web page, where I made these reservations, I selected, 30 amp electrical, water, sewer hookups, so I expected them.
While this is a nice park, right on the beach, it is a problem not having electricity, as my new batteries don’t seem up to the job. Oh well, I’ll make more lemon aid instead of being disappointed. I took Zack and we went to my sister’s condo in Laguna Beach, where I got to visit with my brother-in-law, Don. Zack and I stayed until almost 11:30, and then came back to the motor home. I was really tired, so went directly to bed.