Monterey Peninsula – June 2011

On our maiden “round trip” voyage with the Beach Hut 2 (Heartland MPG 185), we went up to the Monterey Peninsula.  Stayed at the recreation area of Laguna Seca.  We had a great camp site overlooking The Mazda Raceway at Laguna Seca.  In the first picture below, you can see the track in the distance.

At the Laguna Seca Recreation Area, visitors can camp on the surrounding hillsides for a serene view of the Salinas Valley.  Both RV and tent camping are available in a clean, friendly environment.  The park is just a short drive from the Monterey Peninsula, Salinas Valley, Carmel Valley and Big Sur.  In addition to great camping facilities, Laguna Seca Recreation Area has a Rifle and Pistol Range.  Laguna Seca is also home to the Skip Barber Racing School, Sea Otter Classic Sports Festival, Spirit West Coast, Cherry’s Jubilee, Spam Jam, 24 Hours of Adrenalin and Redline Time Attack.

This was Cooper’s first trip and he was a trooper.  The weather was great.  Sunny in the daytime and cool at night.

We just love everything about the trailer.  It is very comfortable for sleeping and when not sleeping there is plenty of room to sit back and relax.  We added a couple of fun things to the trailer.  We have a theme going!

Cocoa Beach – June 2011

Visited Cocoa Beach in June 2011 to help celebrate my mom’s 92nd birthday.  She is doing great and we had beautiful weather.  The shot above is of me one morning at the Cocoa Beach/Canaveral Pier.  While there I was able to SUP almost every day.  The water was warm (hence, no wet suit) and I pretty much had the ocean to myself.  Below is the link to a collection of short videos of my time in the Atlantic.  Enjoy.

Made a stop at Kelly Slater’s statue on A1A at 4th Street South.

The pictures below are other sunrise shots.  Our condo was just south of the pier.

The Californian RV Resort – Acton, CA

When we picked up our new travel trailer from All Valley RV in Acton, CA we spent our first night in the trailer in The Californian RV Resort.  The park is in Antelope Valley and was nicely kept.  We had great weather and great views.  They have a nice pool and spa and we enjoyed the spa as the afternoon sundowner winds picked up.  Had dinner at an Acton staple – Crazy Otto’s.  it is located just down the road from the RV dealer and the park.  Lots of great food. All and all it was a great maiden voyage for the “beach Hut 2”

Beach Hut

We decided to buy a travel trailer and explore West Coast surfing spots and National Monuments and Parks in the American West.  After looking for a while and being inspired at the Pismo Beach Vintage Trailer Show, we settled on the Heartland MPG 185 ultra-lite.  This section of my blog will be dedicated to our travels and adventures with the appropriately named “Beach Hut 2”.  Why 2?  Because we refer to our home in Pismo Beach as our Beach House (aka Hut).

We love the retro look of the MPG.  It has smooth curves and great style.  The outside decals, fenders and wheels help accent its style.  Since we are pulling it behind a six cylinder Highlander, we looked at only ultra-lite trailers.  The MPG was by far the coolest.  The body is only 6′ 6″ wide, yet with a slide-out, it easily accommodates four adults for entertaining and sleeps two very comfortably.  The MPG is also extra tall on the inside and even a 6′ 3″ man does not bump his head.  The inside includes a well equipped kitchen (2 burner stove, sink, microwave, refrigerator); a sofa on the slide-out that converts to a small bed; a bathroom with potty, sink and shower;  the sitting area has room for four +, converts to a dining room and at night is a roomy queen size bed.  The trailer has all utilities, a/c, heater, a AM/FM radio, CD/DVD player and a six gallon water heater.  We added a 22″ flat screen TV.  We look forward to some great trips!  We purchased the trailer at All Valley RV in Acton, CA.  Ask for Erick – they were great.

Ron Jon Surfshop

Ron Jon Surf Shop is the “Disney World” of surf shops.  It was founded in 1959 in New Jersey by Ron DiMenna.

The original Ron Jon Surf Shop opened in Long Beach Island, New Jersey in 1961. DiMenna sold surfboards out of that tiny Jersey shore shop and supplied former customers with surfboards to open their own surf shops on the East Coast. When he headed to Florida two years later and opened the “One of a Kind” Ron Jon Surf Shop in Cocoa Beach, he sold even more.

Ron Jon Surf Shop has grown into a world-famous surfing mecca.  Once a small surf shop , Ron Jon Surf Shop in Cocoa Beach, Fla. has morphed into a world of summer fun in itself, encompassing more than two acres, overflowing with more surfwear, sportswear and beach gear than is available in any other single venue.  The flagship store in Cocoa Beach is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.  The three-story structure has a fantastic collection of boards and an endless supply of gear and surfing wear.  Across the street from the main store is a rental operation and surf museum.

Cocoa Beach Surf Company

Cocoa Beach Surf Company advertises itself as the “world’s largest surf complex” and is located on A1A in Cocoa Beach, Florida directly across from Ron Jon’s Surf Shop.  The complex includes a Sheraton Four Points Hotel, Starbucks and The Shark Pit bar & Grill.  Cocoa Beach Surf Company has a great inventory of boards, gear and surf/beach wear.  They also have an extensive rental business.  In the center of the complex is a huge saltwater aquarium with live sharks swimming around with many other species of fish.

Cape Surf Shop

Cape Surf was established in 2006 and is the only surf shop in Cape Canaveral, Florida.  The shop has over 400 boards in stock both new and used from most all of the major makers at the best prices in town. Cape Surf offers a friendly atmosphere, great deals, and a staff that has surfed all over the world. The surf team is headed up by Cocoa Beach local Josh Wilson and many groms.

Oceansports World Surf Shop

Oceansports World Surf Shop is located at the south end of Cocoa Beach, Florida on A1A.  They have surfboards, SUPs, kayaks and a variety of surf related gear and accessories.  Their signature boards are Island Surfboards.