LEO CARRILLO STATE BEACH: For the amount of use this park gets, it is in remarkably good shape. Many of the sites are big, shaded by lovely oaks, and relatively private. A river runs through it, and even has water in it at times. And the best part is it is a short drive from the San Fernando and San Gabriel Valley. Those hours you would spend driving, you can spend in camp!
This is definately a family campground. Reservations may be made 7 months in advance and you need to pick a site at the time you reserve. There are showers (tokens sold there), a small camp store crammed with goodies, wood sold at store or by camp host. No hook ups.
The magnificent oaks throughout the campground are made for climbing. Flocks of parrots squawk by and land in these trees, and we even saw a rufous-sided towhee flitting around the brush. But watch out! There are stinging nettles and rumors of rattlesnakes.
THE EGG COLORING FRENZY.
Time for the nature hike!
After the nature hike, it is time to line up for the egg hunt. The youngest go first and get a 10 second jump on the rest of the line.
Happiness is a basket full of eggs. Oh, and of course, Easter candy and prizes!
Only a short walk to the beach where tidepooling, cave exploration and long stretches of beachwalking await:
FINALLY TIME FOR THE “P” BREAKFAST. EVERYONE BRINGS OUT THEIR CREATIONS. IT STARTED MANY YEARS AGO WHEN COINCIDENTALLY ALL THE FOOD ON THE TABLE STARTED WITH THE LETTER “A”. A TRADITIION WAS BORN AND THE NEXT YEAR WE ALL BROUGHT FOOD THAT STARTED WITH “B”. AFTER 26 YEARS WE HAD OUR ZUCCHINI BREAD BRUNCH AND THEN STARTED OVER, ONLY THIS TIME THE FOOD HAD TO COME FROM A COUNTRY THAT STARTED WITH A, THEN B, AND ON AND ON. THIS YEAR IS “P” SO WE ENJOYED POLYNESIAN POKE SALAD, POLISH SAUSAGE AND PUERTO RICAN ARROZ CON POLLO.
OPPOSITE THE EGG HUNT, THIS TIME: THE OLDEST FIRST. HAL DIGS IN.