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  • But sometimes you'll see a driver with little experience as he endangers others out of sight

    • by Sherrie Taylor

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      Highway 101 can stretch on forever, but as you as cruising through the central coast you’ll come to an exit for Grover Beach. Take the exit and head west to the beach. Just south of the Grover Beach area you find Oceano.

      Oceano is covered with sand dunes of all sizes and heights. With a permit you can camp on the beach itself, but be sure you are aware of where the tide will come in and how far. In order to find out just stop at one of the local shops and they can provide you with a booklet that gives the times and distance of the tides when they roll in. If you’ve never lived near the ocean or visited it this is a concept hard to accept.

      But once you refuse to believe it, set up your tent and in the

      middle of the night feel your self suddenly surrounded with salt water you’ll realize there was a reason no one else placed their tents that close to the water! Be prepared to be laughed at and just laugh along with everyone, because they probably learned the same way you did.

      The dunes are famous for dune buggy’s driving over and around the challenge of sliding sand and steep drops. Most of the drivers are experienced enough to know what to watch for. But sometimes you’ll see a driver with little experience as he endangers others out of sight. About the time you spot him so will the rangers and he’ll have to leave with a hefty fine. Don’t be one of them.

      Know that you can not drive your regular car over the dunes. It will sink. The tires and design of a dune ...

      • buggy allows for movement through the sand and even then can become stuck.

        In most places you can also hike the dunes. Climbing up and down them is great fun. As a kid and even in to my adult years we used to start at the top of a dune by running a short distance and jumping. You may only be a few feet in the air from the sand at the beginning of the jump, but you end of many feet in the air when you sail over the side. Land feet first in the soft sand and you’ll sink up to your knees. Do not land head first because you’ll be buried too deep to get yourself out. Always have someone with you.

        This is a long beach and so much fun you’ll never want to leave. You can also surf fish

        right off the shore and prepare your fresh catch over the camp fire that evening. Not too much chance of a wild fire right on the shores of the beach. This beach can also be a cold beach at night when the wind kicks up so bring a sweater or coat. Don’t walk alone in the dark or you could get run over and never swim at night. This beach does boast a few under currents so you want to be careful where you choose to swim and how far out.

        Other wise this is one great beach with a lot of fun for dune buggies, buggy watchers, hikers and surf fishers. You can wade the waters without danger and learn about tides as they roll in and out through the day. It’s easy to get to and worth the time. Have fun.

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