Day trips are a great way to feel like you've had a vacation while still saving money. If you live fairly close to the beach or a lake, it can be a relaxing getaway that is still close to home. Lula and I love to jump in the car and head off to the beach. PCH has some scenic bike trails, (some right near the sand,) that are completely free from cars.
The dogs that we've met there are well socialized, calm, and happy. Everyone follows the leash law. You can tell by the pets' body language that they don't have any aggression issues. Canines at the beach always seem to be relaxed and smiling, like their owners. We often stop and chat; everyone is so friendly. I get a lot of questions about Lula's Walkydog. It makes it so easy to ride her alongside me on the bicycle. The bar keeps her stable at my side. It's safer than a leash; I can keep both hands firmly on the handlebars.
It's quick and easy to pack plenty of water, a lunch, dog biscuits for Lula, and fruit and dessert for me. A sun hat, sheet, towel, and sunscreen are all that I need to toss into the beach bag.
Parking is often free, and I can lock up the bike if we want to dip our toes in the water. Watching the surfers is so entertaining. They are still wearing wet suits. They are in top physical condition, I am amazed at how calm they are. Yesterday we saw a lone paddle boarder and just one man in a kayak. The paddle boarder was surfing, and he was one of the best out there. I feel in awe of their balance and control. One was a complete master; he looked older than the others. He was walking on his surfboard on the water!
It's exciting to be out in the sunshine again. Summer is one of my favorite times of year. How about you?
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