Malibu Beach RV Park

I know we should always have food for tow days, but sometimes your weekend activities distract you from stocking up before the drive. Yesterday we had our regular breakfast(s) and hit the road by 9:30 with the time change. Our drive was 4 hours and I had granola bars for the drive. We were starving when we arrived but figured we’d eat right away.

Arrival wasn’t as easy as planned. I was greeted by the classic California surfer Dude in the office at Malibu Beach RV Park. He checked us in and then drew a line on the map to our parking spot. I went back out to the truck and showed Brian. Brian thought it looked like the spot was angled the opposite way and maybe we should come at it from the other direction. I asked why would the guy draw the wrong directions and offered to go check it out on foot. Against his instinct, Brian followed the Dude’s directions which proved to be wrong.

There isn’t a lot of space to back up here, so he made a few attempts and then ended up pulling out and turning around. Blood sugar was running really low, and of course there were spectators so neither of us are happy. Coming from the other direction, Brian gets in the spot right away. While he’s setting up the Dude comes by on a golf cart and I point him out to Brian. Brian tells him that they should give people direction to pull in the other way and the Dude said “Ya man, that’s a good idea, I’ll let them know in the office.”

Once we were done setting up it was about 2:30, so we raced off to a sandwich shop that Yelp said was closing at 3. We get there and it’s closed. Then we drive by a Greek place but realize we still have the bikes on the truck and they don’t have locks so we’ll have to go back to the RV Park to lock them up. At that point I’m melting down (I feel like the wicked witch who literally melts at the end of the Wizard of Oz). Anyway, we unload the bikes and head back out. There is a ton of traffic on the PCH and we can’t find anywhere with parking.

We end up in some health food store drinking a green smoothie and buying groceries. In my lack of food haze I unknowingly bought tilapia from Honduras. I saw it on the label once we were home and I was preparing it. Usually I make a point to make sure our seafood is from relatively close by. Anyway. We take our first bite and it tastes like metal so we throw it out and since the oven is still hot I throw in an Amy’s frozen pizza that we just bought and finally we’re full.

The sunset was beautiful. And this morning, to our surprise, the sun rises over the water and it too was beautiful.

Malibu Beach RV Park
25801 Pacific Coast Hwy
Malibu, Ca 90265

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  • Reply Poker Shrink November 5, 2012 at 10:07 am

    I really like the longer posts even those from Honduras.

    • Reply Leigh November 5, 2012 at 11:08 am

      Aw thanks Shrink. I almost deleted half of that post thinking no one cares about the minutia of our day.

  • Reply Laura Domela November 5, 2012 at 10:40 am

    OMG I can’t believe all those WORDS!!! 😛

    This place does have lovely views…we stayed there on our way to San Diego last summer.

  • Reply Deborah Lazio November 5, 2012 at 7:26 pm

    Good story! I like reading your travel details. I too know what happens when you don’t eat and nothing seems to fall into place. I have turned into the wicked witch as well!

    LOL on the tilapia, especially when you read about the way they are raised in those small dirty water spaces.

    My favorite thing to make before a traveling is cold pasta salad with a can of tuna and whatever random bell peppers, tomatoes, artichoke hearts, celery, olives etc happen to be in the fridge.

    Pulling into a parking lot and having that ready to eat at our airstream table has saved our asses more than a couple times.

    Keep the stories coming! Someday, we will drive our airstream to Malibu and I won’t believe the surfer dude in the office. Hah!

    • Reply Leigh November 6, 2012 at 7:58 am

      That pasta salad sounds like a great idea!

  • Reply Maggie November 6, 2012 at 6:40 am

    Whew. Frustrating day but glad you’re in a beautiful spot (with food.)

  • Reply terrie November 8, 2012 at 4:54 pm

    I too love your long posts….love the photos on this one…I know The Curtis had his food….he would share, no doubt….xoxo

  • Reply Anna-Marie White November 29, 2012 at 2:12 am

    Loved hearing anytime you and other Airstreamers camp at Malibu RV! We are nearby for work, (Burbank / Santa Monica) so we get up there quite a bit for grilling on the beach.
    That place gets crowded so you do really have to plan your attack.
    I enjoyed your story about the blood sugar meltdown. I can totally relate. Its hard to get settled when you’re vibrating. I eat a LOT of really drrrryyyy peanut butter sandwiches. lol
    Anna-Marie White, Platinum Airship

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