ON THE ROAD
Destination: San Clemente
So my boyfriend and I had a pretty long week last week. We were in the process of moving while managing our work life and other daily chores. It was a lot and we needed a weekend getaway FAST. The past couple of years I've noticed a fast rise in the "travel" lifestyle. It is now a luxury to be spontaneous. I used to do spontaneous trips all the time with no trouble in getting reservations, camping spots or cute B&B's at a good price or just even snagging a place to stay used to be easy. Now you're lucky to find an accommodation just days before your spontaneous trip. But we tried anyways and luckily succeeded.
We first started off with desert destinations. Valley of Fire, Grand Canyon, Joshua Tree but we wanted to stay at those places for more than one night and that's all we had since this was a very last minute decision for us. So then we brainstormed to the forest, rivers and mountains like Idyllwild, Kern River but then thought "What about camping on the beach?!" So that is when the search ensued. I looked all along the southern coast of California. But we wanted camping ON THE BEACH, not by the beach or around the beach. We wanted the real beach camping experience. So after a tirelessly looking, I found us THE LAST SPOT at the San Clemente State Beach camping. And for under $50 we snagged our weekend getaway for two and our little dog.
See I grew up in Orange County and this wasn't a long road trip for us. It was at most 2 hours because of traffic. San Clemente is South OC and a super chill surf area. Even though I grew up around there I felt like a tourist. I had never been to this specific area of the beach and it was magical. Empty, dogs able to run around which is rare on the coast. Not ravaged by big crowds. It was quiet and most of the people there were our camping neighbors which was just on the edge of the cliff overlooking the ocean. Everything was perfect. We spent our afternoon on the beach, watched the sunset, built a campfire, ate hot dogs and s'mores and laid in our tent watching the stars and peacefully went into our slumber...
UNTIL an aggressive wind storm woke us up in the middle of the night. The lovely beach camping that we thought was such a great idea wasn't looking so great when it came to bed time. Our medium sized tent would have blown away if we weren't keeping it down with our weight. It seemed like our tent was destroyed with the intense winds of the night and we slept maybe a good 2 hours until 6am when we decided to just pack it up in the freezing cold weather. The idea was lovely but nature is not very forgiving. We still had another full day to explore so our getaway wasn't all that bad. We explored historic San Juan Capistrano and relaxed at a Japanese Garden in Costa Mesa. So overall our trip was one for the books. Something for us to remember, to laugh about and a little trip that didn't break our wallets. Stay tuned for our next adventure. Many more to come.