Sunday, November 8, 2015

Welcome to Pismo Beach, California [2/15]

Our road trip along the Pacific Coast Highway continues in this second part of the USA travel series, and this time we welcome you to join us in Pismo Beach. You know, before we departed on this trip I had read that the drive along the Pacific coast on California Route 1 was considered to be one of the most scenic drives in the world, and I can now see why.

After we departed Santa Barbara in the previous part, the road took as inland for a while. We stopped in Santa Maria, but only to buy some water in a Walmart, so I didn't take my camera out. Still, even roaming the outside mall of Santa Maria was a different experience then we would have here. Eventually the road took us to Pismo Beach, and, as the name suggests, back to the open sea and beaches of the Pacific.


Pismo Beach, the Clam Capital of the World

Pismo Beach adopted the name "Clam Capital of the World" in the 1950s, though this motto is no longer used. Clamming once drew thousands of people to the beach during low tides but due to over-harvesting and the sea otters who feasts on clams, few of them are to be found. The city still holds the Clam Festival every October, complete with clam chowder competitions and a clam-themed parade. We arrived midday, so a parade was not to be found, but the sights were charming nonetheless.




The Pismo Pier

Another pier waited for us here in Pismo Beach, this time a bit low scale. It didn't have any restaurants or shops on it, but that didn't take away from its charm. In fact, it was nice to be able to walk down the wide pier and admire the sights on both sides of it. It's interesting to observe the world from this place.


On one side you can see the rugged shorelines of this part of California. I love how the cliffs cut of sharply as well as the layers of stone that show inside of them. The beach here is wide and sandy and the waves of the ocean were particularly uneasy on this day. Even though the sun was out, it was very windy here.













On the other side of the pier you can gaze into the wast ocean in front of you. A cloud bank could be seen in the distance, either rolling in our out. It was an interesting sight either way.







 Above: A surfer is trying to fight the current; Below: the struggle yields results, and as the surfer is riding the wave back to shore, it foams up with a deep and loud sound of the ocean that surrounds him.




The first wharf at Pismo Beach was built in 1882, followed by a full-length pier built in 1924 that was financed and constructed by William Woodrow Ward who allowed full use of it by the public. After it suffered considerable storm damage, the pier was renovated again in 1985. Today you can park in front of the pier (parking is 1$/hour), use the public restrooms here and enjoy sitting on one of the many benches along it.





Inside the town of Pismo Beach

We moved away from the pier and headed into the town itself. It was a very quiet afternoon and there were not so many people on the streets. Stillwe did talk to some of the  locals here, who told us that the town is usually packed and that it has visitors throughout the whole year. It was interesting to see peoples expressions when we told them where we were from, since most of them want to know. "So where are you guys from" a lady who owns a souvenir store asks us as her dog jumps around us. "Bosnia and Herzegovina" we answer, immediately noticing the question mark above her head. "Oh wow." she says with a smile, clearly not knowing where it is. I add "It's in south Europe, close to Italy". "Oh yeah, that's great." she replies, the frozen smile now defrosted by the familiar sound of Italy. We buy a magnet there and move on. It was fun though. Throughout our journey we would talk to many people, and we would also come across people who knew where we came from.



The town is very charming, and I loved the designs and artwork of the shops and various signs. There are many photo opportunities here and I hope I could bring the feel of Pismo Beach closer.






We return to the parking lot, hop into our rental and keep on driving. We are headed for Morro Bay, and as the sun slowly starts to set, that town was going to be our stay for the night.

End of Part Two
To be continued...

37 comments:

  1. You brought Pismo Beach closer Mersad. My imagination saw you strolling around, taking pictures and just enjoying the atmosphere. Thanks for it.

    Wishing you a beautiful sunday I am sending greetings over to you

    N☼va

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    1. Thanks so much. We had a great time here. It wasn't as eventful as some of the later entries like Alcatraz in San Francisco or the casinos in Las Vegas (more on those in later posts), but it was great in a completely different way.

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  2. Hello Mersad, wonderful post on Pismo Beach. I have never been to this town and I enjoyed seeing Pismo beach thru your eyes. Wonderful series of photos. Happy Sunday, enjoy your new week ahead!

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    1. You too Eileen. Thanks for dropping by.

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  3. wow, seems to be a great trip! enjoyed the story and the photos.

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  4. I have said it before and I'll say it again, you are a first class photographer. You bring scenes to life, not something the average photographer can do. I am enjoying visiting these places through your pictures.

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    1. Thank you so much Valerie. I'm happy you are enjoying the series.

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  5. Wirklich fantastische Bilder, der Blick von dem Pier auf dem Bild Nr. 7. gefällt mir am besten, aber auch die Stimmungsfotos von deinen Leuten, wie sie lachen, wie sie Spaß haben. Und die Lampe mit dem Pelikan + Möwen ist auch Hammergut.
    Liebe Grüße

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    1. Danke vielmals. Freut mich das Dir die Bilder gefallen.

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  6. Nice ocean scenes and I loved your action shots of the surfer.

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  7. The black and white shot of your sister and friend is quite good. Love the pelican as well.

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    1. Thanks Bill. I like that one as well.

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  8. I love that flag shot. So stunning against the blue sky.

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  9. We love the central coast. Our family had a house in Cambria for many years. Thanks for sharing at Simple Saturday.

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    1. We loved the Elephant Seal Vista Point in Cambria, which I hope to show everyone in Part 3.

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  10. Great series from Pismo Beach... love the pelican!

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  11. I feel I am on thi trip with you through eeing your wonderful photos. Gorgeous beach shots and I ee it is quite windy there

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  12. A really interesting post. I feel I am there with you - wish I was. Lovely beach shots - the sand there is really golden, unlike our white sands here.

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  13. Wonderful photos, Mersad. It looks as if the weather was perfect. That fog bank was so interesting, and your captures of the surfer are superb.

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  14. Looks like a vibrant, colourful place - especially with that bold yellow building. Gorgeous water views.

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  15. Lovely shots. You are a photographer. I just take pictures. These photos make it completely obvious. Have a wonderful color filled day. So my post doesn't get lost in my bloggy morning I am including a link if you want to visit http://www.mariasspace.com/2015/11/looking-for-some-new-christmas.html

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  16. Brilliant series of shots Mersad, it's how I always imagine California, big wide open spaces and blue skies.. a bit like Australia :)

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  17. Brilliant series of shots Mersad, it's how I always imagine California, big wide open spaces and blue skies.. a bit like Australia :)

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  18. Lovely shots. Interesting place. Really nice to see all your photos.

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  19. What a beautiful place!
    Please come link up at http://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2015/11/basilica-shrine-of-saint-mary.html

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  20. What a great series! I love the angle you got on the surfer.

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  21. ganz tolle bilder, die uns an diesem wundervollen trip teilhaben lassen!
    lg anja

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  22. Looks like it was bright and sunny! I enjoyed your delightful pictures of Pismo Beach.

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  23. I always think places with palm trees are exotic looking. No palm trees in Ontario where I live!

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  24. Love your wonderful photos of Pismo Beach! The lady in the gift shop made me chuckle! It looks like you all had such a wonderful trip! Can't wait to see more.

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  25. You picked a great road trip route. What a quintessential California beach town. Looks like so much fun for you guys.

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  26. You got Pismo Beach beautifully. Glad the weather was clear for you. It was foggy when we were there :).

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  27. You got Pismo Beach beautifully. Glad the weather was clear for you. It was foggy when we were there :).

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  28. Don't you love all the colors of California?

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  29. Pismo Beach... it is beautiful and I can't wait to see the rest of your trip... Michelle

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  30. I've been there. Hope you have many wonderful adventure on this trip.

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