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Oceanside California – week one back at the beach

Tim & HunterWe are back in Oceanside, California for three weeks, splitting our time between the Paradise by the Sea RV Park and a fabulous beach house that Grandma Lynne rented for the entire family.

Week one was kicked off by a major winter storm that blew in and brought 3 days of rain, wind and big waves. Hunter spent those 3 days hanging with his local cousin and Tim and I were left to amuse ourselves with walks in the rain, multiple games of ping pong and pool at the RV Park games room and lots of reading.

When things finally cleared up we all hit the ocean with a vengeance… We have a little wagon that we bought when we were here in October and now load it up with everything we need for the beach, while also carrying kayaks and surfboards.

Tim has a love/hate relationship with his new Mega Proton Surf Kayak – it has the potential to be amazing but he has to get through the learning curve first!

hunter and TimTim bounced between his surf kayak and my Jackson FunRunner all week. Some days were great and some days we all got quite beat up by the surf… We’re still learning how to read the surf report correctly (winds, waves, tides etc.).

The storm churned up the ocean quite a bit and it seemed to take about 3 days for things to settle back down. It was great when we saw the dolphins, seagulls and pelicans back.

Hanging with the animals in Monterey Bay, California

monterey jellyfish 3


We spent the day in Monterey Bay yesterday. Their tourism tag line is “Grab life by the Moments” and it was definitely a day full of moments. We started at the Monterey Bay Aquarium and then spent time on the Monterey Coastal bike trail and on the Coast Guard Pier.

The Monterey Bay Aquarium is impressive – right from the time you spend on their website through to the actual experiences you have. They have created an app that you can download and it allowed Hunter to plan out our visit the night before, picking what feeding experiences he wanted to see and which exhibits he wanted to visit. That made it so easy to make the most of our visit and ensure there were no disappointments or missed moments.

Some favourite experiences were:

  • Penguin Feeding
  • Sea Otter Feeding (and Sea Otters in general)
  • Open Sea Feeding
  • Kelp Forest Feeding
  • Touch tanks with the star fish

The feedings were great – the staff were so informative and engaging and the Open Sea Feeding was eye opening with respect to how they manage to feed 4 distinct groups of sea animals (slower ocean sunfish, fast moving blue & yellowfin tuna & mahi maui, school of sardines and a group of hammerhead sharks) without any carnage.

monterey trail hunter

After our 4 hours in the aquarium we were ready to do some more exploring. We hopped on our bikes and road south down the Monterey Bay trail system to explore the Pacific Grove shoreline. Lots of crashing waves and rock outcrops. On our way back to the truck we detoured down to the Coast Guard pier and it was an unexpected treasure…

  • Coast Guard boats
  • Fire department boats
  • Police boats
  • 2 dive shops for Tim
  • a shoreline full of sea lions and seals at play

On our way home we stopped at a California Farm Stand and enjoyed the low prices and fresh produce as we loaded up for dinner!

monterey farm stand hunter