Camping on the Beach at Camp Pendleton

20 Feb

Sunset while Driving

Those are two of the pictures I took while Joseph and I drove home from the San Diego Zoo along the coast through La Jolla.  Isn’t it gorgeous?  They were taken from inside the car while moving so you’ll have to ignore the window glares and part of the car in the top right corner.

Thursday was Valentine’s Day.  As you all know, I just looove that holiday.  Hah.  Well good news is that Joshua and Lori don’t really celebrate it either so it was nice to know we weren’t intruding on their date night or anything.  Lori had the awesome idea to take us camping on the beach one night while we were in town so we decided Thursday night would be perfect.  They have a little RV so we loaded it up and drove it out to Camp Pendleton, which is a Marine Corps Base in California about 30 minutes from their house.  Lori, Joseph, me, Chloe and their two dogs – Dixie and Tucker – drove out to the camp grounds that afternoon and Joshua came to meet us out there after he got off work.

When we got there, we set up the campsite which of course included the washer boards.

Chloe played with us too!

Chloe played with us too!

We took a walk down the beach for a little while just in awe of the beautiful view.

Walking on Beach

As the sun began to set, we headed back to the campsite to begin making dinner.  Lori threw the potatoes and corn into the oven and Joseph lit the charcoal on the grill for our steaks.  Joshua showed up so we took some pictures of everyone while the sun was still setting.

Ignore my face...we were camping, not hitting a night on the town so I didn't get dressed up or put on make-up.  Believe it or not, my hair was actually straight before we got there.

Ignore my face…we were camping, not hitting a night on the town so I didn’t get dressed up or put on make-up. Believe it or not, my hair was actually straight before we got there…

Joseph grilled the steaks then the boys threw the hot coals into the fire pit.  They started the fire to burn off all the trash that was in there because we were planning on making Brown Bears/Cinnamon Sugar Springs for dessert.  When the fire was burning, it was smoking pretty heavily because of the trash (and fires tend to smoke..shocker) but the wind was blowing in the perfect direction to send all of the smoke to our table.  We decided to save our lungs and eat in the RV, even though the sunset was pretty but we figured it would go down before we were done eating and we would be left in the dark anyways.

Chloe didn’t seem to mind eating inside at all though. 🙂

Chloe Eating

Isn’t she cute?

After dinner the boys finished burning off the trash in the fire and we made Brown Bears.  (If you missed my post explaining what Brown Bears are and how to make them, here you go.)  It had gotten so cold after the sun went down that I completely forgot to take pictures because I was focused on keeping warm and cooking my biscuit.  Joshua tried to lay Chloe down to sleep while we were outside so she would be sound asleep by the time we were ready for bed.  Chloe was having none of that.  She wouldn’t fall asleep!  She watched some Veggie Tales, nothing.  Tucked her in, nothing.  Put her in bed and left her in the RV while we stood outside by the campfire, nothing but screaming and crying.  We finished up our Brown Bears and were going to play dominoes on the picnic table but it was so cold and Chloe was finally quiet(er) so we decided just to call it a night.

Oh I forgot to mention that we decided not to use the restroom in the RV because we didn’t want to have to deal with dumping the tank afterwards since we were only going to be there for one night.  The campground had permanent restrooms but we had to walk a pretty good distance up stairs and all that to get there.  For those of you who don’t know, I have the smallest bladder EVER.  We had gotten Sonic drinks on our way into the military base and it was starting to really hit me.  It never fails that I have to wake up in the middle of the night to get up to go to the restroom and I was in a slight panic because if that happened tonight, that meant I would have to go ALL THE WAY to the campground’s restrooms in the middle of the super dark night, in the cold, by myself.  I asked Joseph if he would wake up and walk with me if I had to go and he said, “No. Go now.” (He was being extra sweet for Valentine’s Day…)  I went twice for good measure before falling asleep so I thought I would be fine.  Around midnight (which was barely even after we had really fallen asleep), Chloe woke up crying so I woke up and realized that I needed to pee yet again.  I thought maybe it was just a mental thing so I convinced myself that I didn’t have to go.  I woke up at 1, then 2, and every hour until around 5:30 when Joseph wakes me up and asks if I had to go to the bathroom because he had to!  I couldn’t wake him but he decides to wake me?!  How is that fair?!  I didn’t get mad at him though because I needed to go anyways and this gave me a walking buddy.

Joshua had to get up early to leave for work but the rest of us went back to bed for a little while and I woke up to little Chloe staring at me.  It was probably the best thing to wake up to ever.

She liked wearing my shoes

She liked wearing my shoes

She is just too cute (minus the crying in the middle of the night while we are all in an RV).  We all got up and I bundled up and walked outside to gorgeous, warm weather.  Nothing like the night before.  It was nuts.  We changed out of our jackets and pants and into t-shirts and shorts.

There was a pretty neat park with swings, slides, and all kinds of cool contraptions so we decided to take Chloe over there to play.

I think Joseph had just as much fun as Chloe

I think Joseph had just as much fun as Chloe

After the park, we picked up the campsite and loaded the RV to head back to the house.  It was the first time I had been camping on the beach and definitely the first time I had been camping with someone under 2 years old but we had a blast!  It was definitely one highlight of our trip!  I was happy that we were able to spend some time on the beach because even if it’s still winter, how can you go all the way to California and not go to the beach?

One Response to “Camping on the Beach at Camp Pendleton”

  1. Gwen February 20, 2013 at 4:15 PM #

    Loving the pictures and all the details! All Joseph told us about that evening was “We went camping on the beach and slept in the RV”. Not a lot of detail in that statement! Thanks for filling in the gaps!

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