We decided it was to time to plan our first camping trip to one of our favorite state beaches while the weather in southern California was still warm. We agreed that the first trip should be fairly close to home, so we could feel familiar with the area and towing distance. Unsure of what we would need, we planned our check-list of essentials as best we could: pots and pans, cups and plates, portable grill and a generator. We hitched up the trailer and set out on our maiden voyage.
It wouldn’t be a maiden voyage without a few hiccups, and as we approached the campground, I realized that I’d forgotten sheets for the beds. One trip to the store later, and we were back on the road again, with fresh sheets, s'mores supplies and a few new toys the kids picked up along the way. The kids were excited to get settled, claim their bunks and unload their new toys into their own closets. As we finally pulled in to the campground and found our camping spot, we knew the first hurdle as new trailer owners was still ahead: backing the trailer into our campsite.
The spots at San Elijo are wide and easy to navigate, but by the time we got to our site, it was dark outside, and our baby had fallen asleep in his car seat. We decided to try quietly backing into the space, deciding that I would use my phone’s flashlight to help illuminate where my husband should go. So there I was, doing my best to shine my flashlight on myself while I made dramatic hand gestures that really were no help at all, and every so often I would have to sprint to his window to whisper instructions; “A little to left!” It was a comedy of errors, but once we got the hang of it, we had the perfect cozy spot along the trees and right up on the ocean’s bluff.