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Mar 24, 2016 - North Central California

So, we left Rancho Oso Friday morning, March 11th and had a short drive north to a little beach town called Oceano. We are at Pacific Dunes Ranch for one week. We had rain for most of the way north but it was just a sprinkle by the time we checked in to this RV park. It’s called a ranch since they have a stable of horses for guided rides on the miles of sand dunes that are right behind this park. These dunes are some of the largest in the U.S. Right now they are good for walking on. A neighbor said they are ‘crispy’ due to the rain. I had a...

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May 15, 2014 - Oceano and Pismo Beach, CA

May 8 thru May 15, 2014 – Oceano, CA We are now at the Pacific Dunes Ranch RV Resort located in Oceano, CA. With a population of about 7500, Oceano is one of the many small towns on the California coast about half way between Los Angeles and San Francisco. This is a new geographic area for us and Pat is all excited because Hearst Castle is about 50 miles north of us and it has been on her bucket list for years. The view from our site is extraordinary. Out our front window we are looking at the second largest sand dunes in California. The...

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May 1, 2014 - Going to Oceano

It was a little slow getting out of town, away from morning traffic and busy LA county freeways. When we finally crossed the Santa Monica Mountains and arrived along the Ventura and Santa Barbara coastline, Larry could finally relax behind the wheel. We stopped for lunch in Buellton at Anderson’s Restaurant, home of their famous split pea soup. I remember my mother’s pea soup was good from my childhood, so I had some of theirs for lunch. I was NOT impressed, won’t order it again. On our way back to our parked rig we saw a couple of classy...

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Jan 7, 2010 - Hearst Castle and Solvang

We've had two busy days, Wednesday going north to Hearst Castle and Thursday south to Solvang. The weather was beautiful for our trip to Hearst Castle, unlike the rainy fog of our honeymoon. Funny how one just doesn't forget certain things! We took the tour of the upstairs and kitchen, which included 400+ steps, up and down!! Judie didn't even get winded, Ed either. Our guide was quite eclectic, but he was entertaining in his own way. He has read alot on the life and history of William Randolph Hearst and truly brought Hearst to life for...

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Jan 5, 2010 - On the road again...

We left Lodi/Galt at the early hour of 11:00 AM to head south. The Valley fog was thick, but fortunately was not setting on the ground. Had a good trip, lunched at Harris Ranch before heading over Highway 41 to 46, ending up on Highway 101 in Paso Robles. It was interesting driving thro the San Luis Obispo area (where Kim and Galen went to college). There is quite a grade north of SLO known as Cuesta Grade, thrilling to descend with a trailer behind the truck. Judie was excited she was able to remember the name!! We enjoyed our final...

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Jun 21, 2009 - Hearst Castle & The Elephant Seals

We visited Hearst Castle one of the days when we were staying in Oceano, it was about about 55 miles from where we were staying, a beautiful drive along the coast. Hearst Castle was William Randolph Hearst's dream. He was a Newspaper Tycoon and a film maker. The land had been in the family since he was 2 years old but it was not till his mother died , when he was 56 that Hearst Castle got built. Film Star Marion Davies was his girlfriend, so he was always inviting Film Stars and other tycoons to stay there. People like Winston Churchill,...

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Jun 18, 2009 - Morro Bay

We took ourselves off for a walk one evening from the campsite, strolled not too far, came across a stream not too far away, nothing off great interest that we could see, but on the way back a lady was watching something, so we wandered back again to see a Beaver, never realised they were so big and their webbed feet were huge, it just sat there posing for it's photo. We went to Morro Bay about 30 miles from the campsite, there are loads of beaches to visit along the coast. This is where we saw the Egret,s nesting. The Pelicans were seen at...

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Jun 16, 2009 - Pismo & Lompoc

First day in Oceano we travelled 3 miles up the road to Pismo Beach, this beach is well known for surfing. We walked along the pier and watched the locals fishing they were catching sardines,mackeral and perch. As you can see the gulls were pinching what they were catching as they just left it lying around on the pier. Second day we headed down south to Lompoc about 1.5 hours away, they grow thousands of flowers here just to get the seeds, Lompoc supplies 3/4 of the world with there seeds, they grow sweet peas, larkspur, stocks,alyssam,...

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Wandering America

Jun 14, 2009 - Oceano

We are now in Oceano California, not far from Pismo Beach which is well known out here for the surfing. We arrived here on Thursday and are staying a week. The weather is in the 70's felt quite cold when we arrived compared with the heat in Death Valley. We can walk to the coast from where we are staying. Lovely campsite and have already gathered more friends, we sit around there huge fire in the evenings, chatting and swopping stories.

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Wandering America

Jun 11, 2009 - Ventura to Oceano

We moved from Ventura to Oceano June 10th. It was a short (120 miles), pleasant trip. We plan to stay 4 nights. We want to see Hearst Castle and San Luis Obispo Mission. There are also some sand dunes here at Oceano which should be interesting if we can find an easy access route - I don't want to do much driving on the sand since the truck tires are at maximum pressure to handle the weight. We saw a vendor offering to pump up tires at a dollar each while we were out looking around the area after we setup.

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Pacific Coast 2009

Feb 19, 2008 - Oceano, California

Leaving Lake Elizabeth, we traveled across Hwy 138, down the Grapevine and over to Oceano which is just South of San Luis Obispo by 12 miles. We met up with Trish's brother Bill who had set up our next stay of 7 weeks in the area. Bill owns a machine shop in Oceano so I felt right at home. Since arriving we have had a lovely seafood dinner with some of Trish's other relatives in Morro Bay, endured high winds and rain and taken a drive North to see the sea lions and do a mini wine tour. More on the tour (with many more to come)...

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