10 April 2006 Monday

Rachel and Ricardo had to head back to work, so it’s time for us to head out.  They have an avocado tree in the backyard full of fruit, so we took some with us.  We were able o do a quick load of laundry, packed up the truck and hit the road towards Malibu.

We took the scenic drive up the Malibu coast and stopped for a brief walk at Point Dume State Park.  We walked down to the beach and checked out a few tidal pools with several starfish and sea urchins and we saw a couple of guys surfing.  We then hiked up to an overlook on the point.

Later that evening, we had dinner with Andrew’s cousin and his wife, Roger and Penny Bowman.  We met them at a BBQ place called the Wood Ranch.  It was delicious! We had planned to go up to Los Padres National Forest to camp near Ojai, but we found out at dinner that, just this afternoon, a mud slide had closed to road!  Well, we headed up Rte 33 anyway and found many areas of road down to one lane due to slides.

We got to the city of Ojai and camped in the parking lot of a motel, since it was getting late.  We set an alarm to get up early and out of there. 

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