While we are all sheltering in place, I thought I’d catch up on my posts from our recent trip to Ventura in February. We stayed 5 nights on the Rincon Parkway just north of Ventura on the Pacific Coast Highway.
As you can see, it was dry camping, but the weather and ocean were spectacular the whole time. The 300W of solar on the roof, combined with some generator use kept our batteries topped off each day, and we had plenty of holding tank capacity for 5 days.
I hear that people will pay multiple millions for a view like this. 🙂
We made a point to enjoy each sunset. This one was about 2 miles south of our campsite.
This one was right outside our door. I love the Channel Islands in the distance. I wanted to visit them this trip (Eeltinge, thanks for the rec!), but I guess we’ll save that for next time.
The second evening we visited with good friends whom we have known since we lived in the area. It was good to catch up with everyone.
Bev made a beautiful wreath for my mom. It was crafted from old hymnals, with each petal made from a different page. I Loved that these were hymnals people actually sang from. Some of the pages were even “customized” with user notes. 🙂 I delivered it to my mom in Arizona a few weeks later and she absolutely loved it! Thanks, Bev!
The coast along the Pacific Highway is some of the prettiest in the country.
We found an excellent coffee shop, the Lucky Llama. The cappuccinos were great and the Acai bowls were amazing.
A wonderful bike path, the Rincon Bike Trail, runs right through the Rincon Parkway, and allows you to bike from ventura to Carpinteria. This bike ride is about 15 miles along the beautiful coast with ocean views that stretch for miles.
No matter which direction you ride, you will enjoy the journey.
Of course we visited Stearns Wharf in Santa Barbara, but we mainly stuck to Ventura and Carpinteria this trip.
Honestly, I can’t wait to return here again. Though it can be hard to get a site in the summer, we had no trouble in February. In fact, mid-week, it was about half full, though it filled up over the weekend.
Even though the sites are end to end for a mile, you have the feeling of privacy, and the ocean muffles all the sounds from your neighbors. Besides the ocean, you only hear the occasional car or the AmTrak Pacific Surfliner rolling by. We had a good rest each night.
As the rock just outside our door says, the Rincon Parkway was a very fun place to stay.
Al and Deb