The Shakedown Cruise: Day 1- Caspar Beach

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There was no doubt in our minds that the first trip in our new trailer would be to the coast. It’s been months since we’ve seen the ocean, one of the longest times in recent history that we haven’t traveled. It’s been over a year since we’ve visited the Pacific. So while our first trip had to be a shakedown, and somewhat close to home in case something went terribly wrong with the trailer, it didn’t have to be in our backyard. Naturally we chose one of our favorite places: the Mendocino Coast.

We are not strangers to the Mendocino area. When our boys were young, we spent many nights camped at Mackerricher State Park, Westport Beach, and once at Caspar Beach. All three are oceanside, making it easy to walk from your camp spot to the water. The tide pools at Mackerricher were excellent for teaching children about ocean life. But last summer we went back to Westport and were terribly disappointed. We found it packed full of noisy, inconsiderate city people. It was a lesson learnt to not go to Westport during the summer months and, in fact, to avoid the coastal campgrounds altogether in Northern California during the summer weekends. 

This time we decided to go back to Caspar. Since it’s March, we knew there wouldn’t be many people there. Thus, we were happy to arrive at the resort and find the RV spots only half full. We set up the trailer, had chili dogs for dinner then walked across the street to the beach just in time for a marvelous sunset. 

After a good night’s sleep in our comfortable bed, we woke to the sound of birds chirping outside the window. The sun was shining and the weather was clear. After a nice hot shower we decided to try a short hiking trail that goes inland from the beach. It was too short to be really fun, but its loop back through a local cemetery proved to be quite interesting.

The end of Day 1 consisted of cooking homemade clam chowdah in the new trailer. The potatoes ended up a little overcooked, but it was still delicious! Shujin likes it simple:  a couple of potatoes, onions, the clams, and plenty of cream and butter. We gobbled it down with Trader Joe’s Oyster Crackers. Yum!

I hope you enjoy the pictures!

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