It turns out that battening down the hatches doesn’t help much when the campsite washes away around you. We were camped on a jetty between the estuary and the seawall at Pt. Mugu, and started hearing warnings about the storm yesterday. We thought we’d wrapped things up pretty well but at 3 am, discovered that the screen room had collapsed (we actually left it up to test it in the winds, predicted at 10-15 mph, but it turned into a full-on gale during the night). Our little tent office wasn’t designed for those kinds of abuses! We spent about an hour in the middle of the night pulling it down and securing it, got back into the camper, and the wind and ocean started roaring. It was a combination of events: high winds, astronomical high tides (6.8 ft), high surf, and huge amounts of rain flooding the estuary.
We ended up having to evacuate our campsite as the ocean came over the sea wall, and the road in was prepared to be closed. We’re now situated high(er) and dry(er), but I was pretty exhausted by the time I started work today. Here are some shots of the drama:
You can see the screen room broken down to save it from having any of the pieces snap. We’re hoping when we get it back up to dry out that nothing got permanently damaged. That little screen room took a licking!
Dan was so happy to head out of that area. Especially because tomorrow the waves are supposed to be twice as big… they’d be going over the RV at that point!
Here’s our road out (you can see our new camp spot by the buildings at the end of the road – where we’re several hundred yards back from the beach, very happily. Beachfront camping has lost it’s appeal this weekend). The waves were breaking right over the concrete barriers!
At the end of the day, I took Jesse for a walk at the other end of the road, and saw this beautiful double rainbow. It looks like the end of the rainbow ends almost at our camp spot, go figure! Just a little reminder from mother nature to be grateful for the beauty that she provides, even when sometimes it’s a little rough around the edges.
The good news: hot showers, electricity (which had gone out at our sites), full wifi and fresh-brewed coffee waiting for us restored our good humor, and we got about our day unscathed…
And we’ll just wait out the storm here, and then head back to our lovely campsite on Sunday when the storm’s blown through. And then Ed and Marilyn will join us for a few days, before we head on to our next adventure spot.
Hope everyone’s weathered the storm OK! Stay dry!