The Wrap and the Rock

It’s a wrap. This’ll be a near-final post on the Jucyvan Cali Expeditious Family Road Trip of June 2016. Still basking in the Pacific sunrises and sunsets shared with Cashel and Dan in San Diego, Malibu, Santa Barbara and Big Sur. Another epic road trip. No better way to cap four years of college life than to sleep in a van for a week, beach camping a 600-mile stretch of California coastline. Chasing waves and breakfast burritos, sampling smoothies and cervezas. Seeing amigos and relatives. Swimming with wild sea lions, garibaldi and dolphins. We started the trip without any campground reservations. I was content to wing it, figuring we’d find a campsite at the end of each day. Dan and Cash got anxious about winging it, so made cellphone arrangements to secure campground space in advance at Malibu and Big Sur. El Capitan State Park didn’t require reservations because it was still early June before peak summer camping season. The ocean water temp was already warm, 60 to 62 degrees. Three days in a row, getting to swim La Jolla Cove and out to the buoys with my son. With my daughter, lifetime memories making s’mores over a campfire in a grove of giant redwoods, bodysurfing Zuma Beach and stacking sea stones at El Cap. It was magical. An adventure to be cherished. We flew home from San Francisco with sunburns, selfies, duffel bags of camping gear and one geological specimen smooth as a mermaid’s pearl. Someday you might find a four pound stone plucked from the Pacific that has no earthly business in a New England rock wall.

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