Beach and Campground
Laguna Beach, Orange County CA
It's been 28 years since I last stepped foot on Moro Beach It was for a modeling shoot for a local Laguna Beach store, wearing Guess Jeans, posed on a tree in a forest of trees and sitting on cliffside rocks below the Irvine house looking out into the far ocean distance. Fast forward to yesterday and although the beach itself has not changed a whole lot, it's surroundings have. The Irvine house still sits atop the cliff, the forest of trees are gone, no more is there a motor home village (where the hair and makeup took place) The entire area has been taken over by the state and restructured, turned into a very nice Campground. It now costs 15.00 to park and enter the park/campground/beach. (Annual park passes just went up in price to 195.00 !! ouch) They tiered and terraced up levels, built state of the art bathroom facilities, bike and hiking paths, ranger station, chaparral type landscaping, it's quite lovely.
You can reserve a spot in the campground on Reserve America's website, for as low as 25.00 (175.00 pr week) a night you can tent camp. The ocean views are pretty spectacular !
We arrived for a bike ride, but ended up walking the beach instead. We were here on a Tuesday about 1:00p and there were about 20 people total on the entire beach. The beach is nice, not rocky like Doho, or over crowded with surfers, clean. There is a nice bathroom facility right there to the left and to the right you can walk down to some tidepools. A perfect beach setting for families.
While on my walk to the tide pools I was taking photos on my phone and decided it might be a good idea to check for a geo cache, if you are new to geo cache-ing you can read about it here. You find gc's with a phone app on your phone. I was in luck there were 3 geo cache sites nearby. I chose the closest one and just as I approached it within feet, I realized that I had to climb quite a bit of stairs up a cliff to reach it. Not gonna happen. I decided to switch gears and go after the second closest cache which was located in the parking lot where we were parked and then drive back to the original one later. I found the first one with a little persistence. It was a plastic jar and the contents were pretty sparse. We didn't have anything on us so we threw in a quarter and a biz card (whoever finds it, gets a free haircut) The second one was a bit challenging. The "hint" provided was a puzzle to be solved and the cache itself was interestingly done. (I don't want to give it away) This cache was a good one, it had a few little kid goodies in it, (see photos below) after signing our names, adding and taking an item, snapping some photos of the find we were off to find some food.
Laguna Beach, Orange County, CA
On the way down to El Moro we drove past a burger joint, we've passed many a time driving up and down pch, HUSKY BOY BURGERS. This time we decided it was time to try them out. We went for the namesake burger, the "Huskey Burger", a burger with pastrami on top. According to the FourSquare pop up tip, pastrami on a burger was pretty risque in the 70's and now very trending in Utah, who knew. We split the burger, it was good a little weak on the beef patty, didn't come with mustard on it so I was pleased about that. They also serve up pastrami fries and Ostrich Burgers. Menu
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