Friday, April 18, 2014

Kids at the beach - and beyond!

The fun and craziness began at Pismo Beach with the arrival of our Half Moon Bay family. Though they live near the beach, this one is so much more accessible, just a walk thru the Eucalyptus over the sand dunes, and there lies a wide sandy playground.  No cars nor subdivisions to maneuver, not to mention all the families and kids to play with all around us.

There is lots of grassy play area at our site - taken before their arrival...

Damien, the youngest is almost 3 and Liliana is 4 1/2.  Parents Terri and Clint opted to rent a nearby hotel suite but soon regretted they didn't bring a tent and camp once they arrived.

They are also darn cute! That's grandpa in the background slicing tri-tip...

We spent a lot of time on the beach, building sand castles, flying kites, and watching spectacular sunsets, then back to our campsite for barbecues and s'mores:

They play within the "sand box"!

Grandma found very cute sand castle molds, buckets, & shovels in town..

This was highly entertaining...

Grandpa's in charge of kite flying..

Topping off the evening with a sugar fix!

One of the great pluses to this campground is it's proximity to the Monarch Butterfly Grove, an easy walk from our site.  

Another super bonus is the nearby vineyards of Edna Valley.  We enjoy a leisurely drive through the countryside, not stopping to pay for tasting, just some photos on a cloudy day...

Vineyards of Edna Valley

We made a quick stop in Half Moon Bay for a final dinner with the kids.  It's nice to be able to park in their vacant lot next door, but we didn't hang around for long, anxious to get to Petaluma and get somewhat settled.  

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