Emma Wood State Beach 2018


This past January (2018) we celebrated Ann's birthday by camping at Emma Wood State Beach, just north of Ventura, CA. The weather was pleasant, and we had a great time watching dolphins, sea lions, and birds. We rode our bikes, and relaxed around the campfire. There were some spectacular sunsets, plus the rare "Super Blue Blood Moon" event.

This the entrance to Emma Wood State Beach from the Pacific Coast Highway (a.k.a. PCH or CA Hwy 1).

The campground consists of 90 campsites at the edge of the beach, and only about 1/4th of them were occupied.

Our site #53. The sites are designated as "back-in sites," but since the adjacent sites were empty, we chose to "head-in" so that we had a nice view through our giant windshield.

Our first of many dolphin sightings.

Sun shining through a wave, with Anacapa Island in the background.

The first of many beautiful sunsets.

Perhaps a dozen trains passed by every day (primarily the Amtrak 'Surfliner'), but fortunately they don't blow their horns (or 'whistles' for you traditionalists) nearby.

The view from our dining table.

More dolphins.

Somehow these birthday cards for Ann found their way to our campsite! ;-)

Green-haired rocks at low tide.

Looking back at our coach from the low-tide line.

Blue mussels.

Nothing beats watching the sunset at the beach with a campfire.

We saw this airliner (looks like Delta colors) circling over the ocean with a jet fighter escort. We never did find out what it was about.

Another lovely sunset.

Blue Moon Rising

The Super Moon

We rode our bikes along the first Caltrans "Adopt-a-Bike-Path" in California.

Entering the city of Ventura.

The start of the Ventura River Parkway Trail that runs from the Ventura Pier to the town of Ojai.

While walking along the beach just north of the Ventura River, we came across these rock cairns, and wondered if they might have been built as part of a competition.

Someone collected a lot of rocks for this walkway! Ann said we should refer to it as "The Happy Path."

A lone fishing trawler heading back to port for the night.

Here's Cooper enjoying the sunset from the best seat in the coach!

One evening we saw this great Sun Pillar.

The Blood Moon lunar eclipse.

Barley enjoying the view.

Cooper enjoying the view, as well as some fresh air!

We saw a lone sea lion most days while here. And he/she always lingered in the area for awhile.

Another view of the sea lion.

The tide's coming in.

This cairn magically appeared near our campsite one evening. We never saw it being built.

Barley watching the sunrise.

Captain Barley

Where's my breakfast?

We watched five dolphins feeding on a school of fish.