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Terry & Dave Taylor

Malibu Beach RV Park

Malibu, California: Another lazy morning. I am so sore from my graceful beach landing yesterday (and pretty bruised) so did not sleep well. I woke at 4 am and took a few Advil and was dozing well at 7 o'clock when Reese decided it was time to get up. DT took Reese for his morning walk and we lingered around the RV, drinking coffee and enjoying the views until it was time to check-out at noon.

Ventura Beach  Ventura Beach
Views from our window this morning - high tide and birds

Surfer on Ventura Beach
California Surfer Dudes entertained us this morning in front of our motorhome

Ventura Beach
The view north - a row of RVs

The weather, as you can see from the photos, was absolutely perfect. Warm sun and no wind. We didn't want to leave, but we had more California coast to explore. We drove only 49 miles south on Highway 1 and checked-into a campsite at the Malibu Beach RV Park. The RV park sits up above the sea and above the highway. One thing the Oregon coast really has over Malibu beaches is that our beaches are much more secluded. In Oregon, it would be rare to hear freeway noise at the beach. Here, it is the norm. Of course, in Oregon, you can't actually swim in the sea without risking your reproductive organs, but you will only hear the sea - not traffic - while at the beach. In Malibu the highway is right on the beach. Ugly and noisy.

After settling-in and meeting our neighbors - this is a very cramped campground - we went for a drive in the Honda south for a few miles to see the sights. But, there were no sights - just cramped houses built directly on the highway, bumper-to-bumper traffic and pay-per-use beaches.

We headed back to Our Intrigue, enjoyed the sunset and listened to GW basketball on the internet. We are camped less than 30 miles from Lisa tonight - but she is working late all week, so we will probably not see her until the weekend.

Malibu Beach RV Park
The view from our window

Malibu Beach RV Park
Intrigue Sandwich (with Reese in the window!)

Malibu Beach RV Park
Typical campsite at Malibu Beach RV Park

Malibu Beach RV Park
Dog-exercise area

Malibu RV Park
Looking West: this lovely site could be yours for only $65

Paradise Cove CafeAfter GW beat Fordham at the Smith Center, we left our Grand Dawg to rest while we went in search of grilled fish. We had heard about a little beach shack from our fellow-campers, so we headed to Paradise Cove Cafe & Mobile Home Park! It wasn't the cleanest place we have ever visited and it did seem strange to us to have to pay to park in a parking lot owned by the restaurant... but we are little town people in the Big City. The food was decent, the waiters were clean-cut Pepperdine students and the place is right on the beach. (We think - it was totally dark.) To say the portions were large, would be a disservice. Can you even believe this order of $12.95 calamari? DT ate and ate and ate and chewed and chewed and chewed, but the "after" photo looked pretty-much like the "before" photo. He did discover, after thirty minutes work, the bottom of the "glass" was filled with french fries... but he didn't dig deep enough to sample a fried spud. I enjoyed a nice wedge salad and did not enjoy my not-firm-and-somehow-mushy grilled halibut. DT also had a salad, with huge shrimp. To the Cafe's credit they offered Santa Margarita Pinot Grigio - in half and whole bottles. Gotta love that in a beach shack. Paradise Cove is a local favorite and a great people-watching place and I bet the Mojito Shack is hopping on a weekend afternoon.

RV Park: Malibu Beach RV Park

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