A couple weekends ago, London and I hit the road for an overnight camping trip. After 3 hours of driving, we finally arrived to the Malibu Creek State Park campgrounds. We pulled in the line to enter the park when the young ranger (age identified after I saw the braces) informed us that Reserve America moved our campsite to Pismo Beach. WHAT!!!!! London and I looked at each other in disbelief, like what the hell. Lucky for us this little lass was playing a joke, and we were able to enter and set up our camp with limited sunlight left.
As I set up the tent, London popped open our hydroflask filled with Saint Archer’s Blonde Ale. Trying to capitalize on the last few minutes of light, we went for a little hike around the campgrounds. We found a little path that we followed until I grabbed London in reaction to a snake. However, she proceeded to step on it’s HEAD and then stumble back and fall on her butt (which bruised quite nicely). We continued to walk and experience the wildlife, which included a deer (that I thought had no horns, but indeed did have horns).
When we returned to the campsite, we decided it would be a good idea to TRY and start a fire. Good thing we started when we did. We got a little too excited with the first sight of a flame (yay for camp hacks — hand sanitizer and lint for fire starters) and quelled the fire by shoving too much brush on top of it. Luckily from the help of our neighbors we were able to get enough of a fire going to cook dinner and play bananagrams until it died around 8:30pm and were forced to retreat in the tent.
It was a cold night, and I didn’t sleep too well. And it didn’t help we didn’t have any fire to look forward to in the morning. But luckily when we woke up, the sun was shining high above and it was warm enough to brew a couple cups of coffee and start cooking our gourmet breakfast.
After breakfast we packed up our camp and headed out for a hike. Originally I had several hikes in mind (see here and here) but we ended up coming across Sandstone Peak in Sunset Magazine earlier in the morning, so we decided to give it a try.
Our short but fairly vertical hike ended up being pretty eventful. Sandstone Peak is the highest peak in the Santa Monica Mountains (From overcast and windy, to raining to sunny skies and double rainbows, 4 miles was fairly thrilling. We didn’t end up going to the very top of the peak because the rain made the stone slick, and after London’s fall the day before I didn’t want to risk it.
By the time we finished the hike it was already late afternoon, so we were aching for some good (real) food afterwards. We ended up at Malibu Farms Cafe on the edge of the Malibu Pier. SO SATISFYING!!!
Camp pizza & breakfast recipes to follow!
Where to stay:
Malibu Creek State Park
1925 Las Virgenes Rd
Calabasas, CA 91302
Where to hike:
Circle X Ranch/Sandstone Peak
12896 Yerba Buena Road
Malibu, CA, 90265
Sandstone Peak Trailhead: 1 mile north of Circle X Ranch contact station on Yerba Buena Rd. Parking lot is on left.
Where to eat (real food):
Malibu Farms Pier Cafe
23000 Pacific Coast Hwy
Malibu, CA 90265