Travelling to Pismo Beach

Trip Start Sep 26, 2013
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Trip End Oct 14, 2013


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Where I stayed
Sandcastle Inn Pismo Beach
Read my review - 4/5 stars
What I did
South 101 US, farming community, beach

Flag of United States  , California
Monday, September 30, 2013

This morning we enjoyed breakfast overlooking Monterey Bay watching a playful otter swimming around just below us before a walk along Cannery Row. After check out we programmed the wonderful GPS to Pismo Beach and were on our way. 

Now apart from getting used to driving on the 'right' side of the road we had to learn to turn right through red lights, drive at 75miles an hour and look out for indicators being a flashing red tail/brake light. Travelling along South 101 US for 156miles we noticed a range of changing terrains, from very flat farming districts through extremely dry and dusty landscapes with lush green golf courses to hilly terrain filled with lush trees until the massive sand dunes and cliffs of Pismo Beach.  The farming districts were fascinating, there were no fences just mile after mile of crops being tendered by groups of men and women working busily to clear the land. 

 As we made our way into Pismo and to the Sandcastle Inn close to the Pier the sea breeze and ocean smells reminded me of Torquay. The beach itself is quite different...it goes as far as you can see and beyond, there is a lot of sand before you arrive at the waters edge and Californian Lifeguard stands spread along the beach. The water was freezing, waves huge and dumping a lot of water and the cool breeze ensured no swimming for us today. Josh, Bailey and I went for a long walk along the beach and it was a great opportunity to get some sun with the weather a gorgeous 24 degrees.

Pismo is a quiet place and has a very relaxed feel about it, even the Outlet Shopping district we visited was laid back which allowed us all to wander around at our own pace with the boys exploring a variety of shops without us looking over their shoulders. Only a few purchases made by the three men of the family before we picked up our 1st takeaway meal of the holiday. Honestly I'm over hotel food as strange as that sounds so takeout was a light welcome choice. We all took a night time walk along the boardwalk and through the town before heading back to our room for the night. 

Tonight we turned on the TV and saw that the US government has been shut down...breaking news here.


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Well the breaking news has been on the news here too. Been mentioned for a couple of days. Some essential services will continue, but lots of govt services will be closed, this apparently includes tourist attractions. You might have to rethink your program if any are included. Lets hope by the time you are ready to come home all is back in order. Apparently the last shutdown was in 1996 and went for 20 days. In the meantime keep on having fun. xx

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