Everyone in our extended family is having babies. Lots of new cousins. And a lot of changes in how we will spend the holidays this year. We are usually at The Mister’s parents for Thanksgiving, but this year they were flying to Hawaii to see his sister and their newest addition. We were super sad not to spend the holiday with them but excited for the prospect of a long camping trip. We love Santa Barbara and thought that by heading that far south, we might have good weather. The Missus booked reservations at El Capitan State Beach. Her parents were going to meet us there.
The Westy was loaded when we took off early Wednesday morning! We put firewood on top, a 9’6″ surfboard inside (we really need racks), two ice chests, beach toys, and hoards of other stuff. It was a bit tight. On our way down we stopped in San Luis Obispo for lunch and Pismo to grab the kids a few wet suit rentals and a boogie board. Both were a good investment. The kids loved the boogie board and the wetsuits kept them warm. Why stop in Pismo and not rent in Santa Barbara? Why not? Just another reason to slow the trip down and enjoy the coast.
We couldn’t have asked for more perfect weather. It was in the 70’s and we didn’t have any fog until Saturday night. We totally lucked out and missed the huge storm hitting Northern California. We had some rain on Sunday morning but it was more if a slow drizzle. Not a big deal.
The kids loved playing at the beach. It was a short walk from our campsite, but not too far. Our site was okay. It was pretty close to the freeway and train tracks. Although we would have preferred an ocean view, we realized those sites had their own issues. Who wants to manage a three year old and unfenced coastal bluffs?
We spent time at the beach everyday, had down time back at camp, and the kids loved playing with their grandparents. Grandma was actually a lifesaver. With the sun going down around 4:45 pm, The Boy wanted to go to bed at 5:00 every night! Grandma kept him up with arts and crafts in her trailer. The kids had such a blast. The made place cards for the dinner table and decorations to hang around camp. They even made the table runner.
Thanksgiving was a lot of fun. We had a leisurely breakfast, spent the late morning at the beach, and came back to camp to make our Thanksgiving feast. We stuck to simple, classic dishes. We used a lot of cast iron! The food was amazing. We aren’t sure why it was so good this year, but suspect his has something to do with being outside in the fresh air. You can read about what we ate here.
The Mister took a few days off work so we were able to extend the holiday from Wednesday to Sunday. It all made for great family time and an epic Thanksgiving. How did you spend the holiday? Ever camp your way through Thanksgiving?