The drive down took about 20 hours which involved way too many potty breaks, a projectile vomiting child, setting up a new tent in the dark (for the first time), and a small taste of Southern California traffic. All things considered, arriving at the beach and feeling fine grains of white sand in our toes made the long journey worth the work.
The surf was good, then too big, then good, then real small. The ladies got out on some bike rides and soaked up the sun. The kids couldn't have cared less that sand made its way into every nook and cranny! We met up with old friends from high school, my older sister, parents, and missed out on seeing a few other friends.
I've put 18 images here from our 4 cumulative days of driving and five days on the beach. I highly recommend heading to San Elijo State Beach for a vacation--it is a very fun place to play.