Jalama Beach, CA – First 3 Days
After 3 days on the beach, there’s much to report . . .
Good News – 9-Year-Old Gas Cards Still Worked
When we started full timing 9 years ago, we were given Mobil gas cards. Well, they still work!
Bad News – Needed new Jeep Battery
After our first night’s stay in the Lost Hills KOA, our Jeep failed to start. Bought a new one in the Lompoc, CA O’Reilly auto parts store and changed it out in the parking lot . . .
More Bad News – Damaged the Rear Cap of our SeaView RV
Yikes! Though there was no serious structural damage, it will still be pricey to fix.
It happened while taking a detour through this posh Lompoc, CA suburb. As we drove over a speed bump (actually a “valley”), Jan hit the brakes and the front of the Jeep rose up really fast and hit the rear cap of the RV.
Great News – Jalama Beach
After traveling down a literally long and winding road to the ocean, we arrived at Jalama Beach at about 5 pm on Monday the 25th.
On our 2nd day we took a short walk to the beach and back. On our way back to our RV, we noticed a really strong tar smell. Turned out that we had inadvertently stepped on one of the tar balls (or turds) that litter the beach. The shoes that we used are now stored outside until we clean them with acetone.
There are a couple of oil platforms just off the coast that we figured were leaking. However, a park ranger clued us into the Coal Oil Point Seep Field (Google it) . . .
A great end to the first three days on the beach . . .
Did the brake kit fail on the Jeep? Do you have one?
We have a braking system, but the Jeep battery was dead.
What do you call it when everything lines up just the wrong way to cause this spectacular event? Late start. Second wrong turn. Subdivision with 25 mph speed limit (which was followed). NO WARNING that the intersection consisted of a speed bump. No brakes on jeep due to dead battery. Heading to get a battery so not on planned route. Tired driver. Yada Yada Yada . . . . . .Hit the brakes at the top and the jeep flew as we descended off the bump! Wham!
Happy , sad, sad , happy, sad, happy…..life!
happy, sad, sad, happy, sad , happy …….life!@
Wow.. this is such a relief.. to see you safe and in such a lovely place. Hoping all turns out well back at the ranch. Enjoy!!!