Tuesday, December 23, 2014

'S Wonderful

My body clock has completed the switch back to non-vampire hours......all it took was three relaxing days at the beach.  I was up at 7 am getting the coffee going.....we only dropped from 96% to 85% overnight (which included watching TV for several hours), so I flipped on the inverter to make the coffee, and the gas heaters to warm it up a tad using another 4%.  Around 9 I turned on the Honda generator for about an hour until the sun began to hit the solar panels, then turned it off for the rest of the day.....by the end of the day the batteries were back up to 89%.

The morning view

The day sported crystal clear blue skies, and it got warm enough that we had to open all the windows......'S Wonderful (from the 1927 George Gershwin song by the same name)!!!  I originally had 'big' plans to ride the bikes into town (about 14 miles round trip), but, ultimately, we decided just to hang out under the patio awning reading, enjoying the view, and taking a long walk on the beach.

The following two pictures will give you a little more perspective on Rincon Parkway, which is really just a 5 mile section of old Highway 1 that is one of the last places you can park right next to the ocean and camp.

There are 127 marked spaces that are each about 50' long, which is why we need two spaces.  This stretch is about 1 mile long.  You will have RV's parked in front of you and in back of you, but not on either side.  You have an unobstructed view of the Pacific Ocean and the Channel Islands.  The sites are all dry camping spots, and pretty much every site has it's own fireplace, although we still use our portable one.  There are porta potties every 20 sites, and dumpsters for your trash.  Beach access is just a matter of climbing down the rocks to the sand.....the cost is $28/night.   From April to October 31st the maximum stay is 5 days, but during the other months you can stay for up to 2 weeks.  If you desire hookups there are two county run parks (Faria on the north end of Rincon, and Hobson on the south end) where you can get up to 50 amp electric, water, sewer and pretty good cable TV, as well as showers, restrooms, and an onsite cafe.  It's a little pricey at $48/night, but the view is  as amazing as Rincon, but with hookups.

Some of you may not know it, but the picture of our Newell on the masthead of this blog was taken on Rincon Parkway about 5 years ago.

We took a 2 mile walk on the beach around 1 pm, and then settled in to read the rest of the afternoon.  Then it was time to welcome in the third sunset of our sojourn here on Rincon.....

TLE made taco salad for dinner and we ate sitting outside for the first time in months watching the night chase away the daylight one more time.  Our time here on Rincon is just about over.....we'll pull up stakes once again and head south to Riverside, CA where we will spend Christmas and New Year's with our kids and grandkids, as well as attend the wedding of our youngest daughter, Sharon on January 17th.

Thanks for stopping by!


  1. I really appreciate the detailed description of where you are located. My wife and I just got into RV'ing this year and she REALLY wants to camp by the beach one day. It's a 2,000 mile drive, but someday I'd like to take her there.

    1. Jeremy, you are welcome. I'm going to try to do that more often in the future. We have sent a lot of people to Rincon Parkway over the years.

  2. Wow $28/night seems really pricey for mere dry camping---but that's California for ya, I guess.

    1. Dugg.....that's dry camping with the ocean 50' from your door.

    2. Seen one ocean, seen them all---I will wave as I drive by :)

  3. I drove by once and saw the line of campers there... someday.


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