Posts Categorized: About Pismo Beach

[caption id="attachment_2127" align="alignleft" width="275"] The Coast Route Has a View[/caption] Clickity-clack over the rails, countryside sliding by. Riding Amtrak from LA to Grover Beach, you can watch the scenery, or you can read, or get up and go to the dining car for a snack. Maybe you’ll meet someone interesting....

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Pismo, Pismu … Tar?

The word 'Pismo' comes from the Chumash word for tar: pismu. This natural substance bubbles to the surface near Pismo because of the large pool of oil beneath the surface.

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El Nino 2016 actually appeared. We have had rain! The hills are turning emerald green almost before your eyes, and their echo of the hills of Ireland is only missing the stone fences. [caption id="attachment_2055" align="alignleft" width="300"] SeaVenture Beach House Becalmed - But Stick Around[/caption] This is the favorite time...

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Buried Treasure in the Dunes

The grandiose 1923 set for Cecil B DeMille's first version of The Ten Commandments still lies buried and rotting away in the dunes near Guadalupe, CA. This epic story was reprised in 1956 with an all-star cast, better special effects, but in the same Technicolor and with the same director. You can see artifacts of the first version at the Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes Center.

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The Return of the Monarchs

[caption id="attachment_1989" align="alignleft" width="259"] Monarchs in Winter[/caption] We’re spoiled living here for lots of reasons, but one of the most amazing is the annual return of a multitude of Monarch butterflies—you cannot look at thousands of these beautiful insects hanging from a tree and not smile. We’ve taken them for...

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Welcome to the Clambake

We’ve all heard the bad guy tell his nervous partner to “clam up.” Or have someone tell us that a cold, damp place has a “clammy” feeling. You might think this is all giving clams a bad name, but then there’s the old saying that someone is “happy as a...

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Surfing is in the lifeblood of California culture, and in the bloodstream of a lot of CA citizens. [caption id="attachment_1886" align="alignright" width="172"] From Beginners to Pros[/caption] Seems like California kids (boys and girls) get on a surfboard from the moment they can do the breaststroke, and stay at it until...

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[caption id="attachment_1720" align="alignleft" width="250"] Jump Right Over That Hour[/caption] I don’t know anyone who actually likes changing to Daylight Savings time. It’s a hassle. You forgot how many clocks and watches you have that need adjusting, and most of them tell you a different time after you change them (can’t...

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