Camping at Pt. Magu, and our family's crazy summer tradition.
Every year Jilian and I pack up the kids and what seems like everything but the kitchen sink, and head out for three or so nights of camping right before the 4th of July. Now, yes; we go tent camping with the entire family and I fully realize how crazy this sounds to go camping with not only five kids, but five kids ages ranging from four months to nine years at this point… so yeah not typically the most enjoyable days of our lives (in full honesty) however we both fully stand behind this trip because we know how much the kids love it. Each year they look forward to packing everything up and always get excited for camping under the stars, campfires, smores, and all that comes with it.
This year we decided to stay closer than normal and headed to Pt. Magu right along hwy 1. What we loved about this location right away is how easy it is. You basically pull up, park next to the beach sand, set up the tent a few feet away and right out the front is the ocean. Not only are you front row to some amazing sunsets but with the soundtrack of the ocean waves and insane stars overhead… it’s hard to beat.
With the first day being filled with excitement, a nice breeze and warm ocean air we got everything set up and hit the water with the kids right away. Of course not too long after, my oldest stepped on a bee and got stung (luckily he’s not allergic). After some food and a small fire it was bedtime. The first night once the kids were finally asleep Jilian and I decided to sit and watch the stars for a min, when we realized we could see the waves really clearly, turned out that the bio-luminescence was in full effect and it was incredible!
The rest of the trip was full of beach, waves, sun, and relaxing as much as possible until I (like my son) stepped on a bee and was stung as well on day two. Unlike him however my foot swelled up like a balloon and throbbed for the rest of the day.
The last night we actually got washed out as the tide came in while we were making smores and we realized just in time that the water was coming in way further than we would like. Literally the next wave came in and washed out the site next to ours so we frantically packed everything up as quickly as possible with the help of some awesome neighbors. We made it out just in time as the water had started washing up to the road as we pulled away! A quick in-n-out stop later and we headed home, sand covered and ready for bed.
Even with all the madness, I already cant wait for next years trip but in the meantime here’s a few shots taken with my phone using the 36 exposures app which I fell in love with!