Campers Enjoying Pristine Shoreline On The California Coast
Here’s some good news.
No, make that great news.
There’s no evidence of the oil spill that tarnished and closed Refugio State Beach and neighboring El Capitan Beach north of Santa Barbara just prior to Memorial Day Weekend.
Surfside Sam knows this first hand because I stopped their on my way driving from Los Angeles to Monterey.
I wanted to see for myself what damage may have been caused and what remained and am glad to report that you would never know anything ever happened to the place.
The campground was nearly full and it was a weekday (this despite a rather ambitious $40 fee just to put down a tent, let alone a camper).
This was actually my first time at Refugio, despite having driven by there dozens of times in the past. It has camp spots, a small store, a basketball court and picnic tables and BBQ grills right at the ocean.
What it doesn’t have is much of a beach – the shoreline is comprised mainly of rocks, far bigger than pebbles but a lot smaller than boulders. Those rocks did not show any sign of oil on them.
So naturally, the cleanup crews are to thank for getting this beautiful part of the California coast returned to its natural beauty. And in such a short amount of time, which a remarkable achievement.