Sparky on Pismo Beach

Pismo Beach State Park, California

Our last stop of our trip was a particularly sentimental one for Steve – Pismo Beach. Steve had camped here numerous times in Boy Scouts when he was a kid, as well as exploring the area during college from nearby Cal Poly. We camped at the campground the Scouts always camped at and even ate at his favorite clam chowder restaurant. We spent just Halloween night here, walking along the beach and reflecting on this amazing trip.

 

Where We Stayed

We camped at Pismo State Beach – Oceano Campground. This is one of two campgrounds in the State Beach, the other being the North Beach. The Oceano campground has 40 water/electric sites in the RV section with a dump station. There are also 40 tent sites, which were closed while we camped there due to construction.

 

What We Did

We arrived in the early afternoon, and immediately spent time exploring the campground. The campground had changed quite a bit since Steve had last camped there (close to 20 years ago!). There was a new visitor’s center as well as the tent camping area being closed for new bathroom renovations. We climbed the dunes with Sparky, and walked along the beach. Steve said that the vegetation had really grown since he had been there last and the dunes were no longer just sandy knolls. I had never been to Pismo before and was blown away at its beauty.

We decided to skip cooking and drive into town for some Clam Chowder. Pismo’s city motto is the “Clam Capital of the World”. Steve even claimed, that his place was the BEST place he has ever gotten Clam Chowder – so we went to Splash Café. As much as I want to say – Disney has the best, of San Francisco, or Monterey – this restaurant had some SERIOUSLY DELICIOUS Chowder!

Pismo Beach Dunes
Pismo Beach Dunes
Pismo Beach State Campground
Pismo Beach State Campground
Sparky on Pismo Beach
Sparky on Pismo Beach

 

What’s Next

Home Sweet Home

Andrea

Loves adventures with Steven, family & friends. If not adventuring with loved ones, I am usually running half marathons, reading books, trying new food, cuddling with Sparky, Brady or Tachy, hiking, playing ice hockey, or rooting for a local bay area sports team. “...when we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better, too.” ― Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

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