Pelicans, pastimes and a pier…
Oceanside on a holiday weekend is a good place for people watching.
The lifeguard huts might not be manned (after all, this is winter now) but the beach is still busy. Post Thanksgiving last Friday some family groups gathered up their post-feast leftovers and headed for a beachside shelter for a beachside picnic.
Park down near the pier ($4 for two hours) and you are well placed for fun… You can hire a bike (various types available) or RENT ME (a beach chair) or RENT ME (a surf board). Whether this surfer seen in action last week owned his board or had rented it was impossible to tell…
Take the walk out along the pier, a distance of about a third of a mile, and gaze down onto the foreshore. There are paddlers, bathers, surfers and ball kickers. Local TV news had reported unusually high tides – but this looked like an unusually low tide. Just on the north side of the pier a great jump rope game was under way
– how long ago was it when you last skipped with a long rope…?
Walk the third of a mile distance (596 metres) to the end of Oceanside Pier and you find Ruby’s, a fifties style diner. People congregate outside, awaiting their call to a table. Around the back of the building serious anglers cast their lines, tossing small fry back into the ocean – or feeding it to the pelicans.
Back by the beach people watchers can observe other ways of passing a sunny afternoon: “Let’s go fly a kite,” may be the preferred lyrics for some folk – but a song for a solo metal detector user might be this (I still haven’t found what I’m looking for).
A sea view is more complete with boats. A mile or so further north is Oceanside Harbor. Fish eateries line the harbour and compulsive shoppers can browse amongst clothing and gift lines in the lower portion of the lighthouse. The harbour is crammed with smart yachts, but the only moving boat was a small pedalo…
Footnote: Oceanside is about 36 miles north of San Diego and about 78 miles south of Los Angeles.