January 10, 2001
There are a couple of geologic and historic neat things to do here. There''s a fossil of a pygmy mammoth and sociological remnants of human civillization from 10,000 years ago... but the most facinating was the "caliche forest". This is a ghost forest... once long ago there was a forest here, and you can see caliche sand castings of roots and trunks and leaves, but the plants are long gone. It''s very eerie.
Reservations far in advance are required, permit required, camping free, reservation fee $2.50 by calling number. It''s at least a mile hike uphill to camp site and you must carry everything on your back, so make sure you''re fit before thinking of coming. No wood can be brought in, but instead charcoal or firelogs are recommended. Bring sturdy tentstakes lines and windbreaks as the wind here is very fiesty.
From journal Around Oxnard: Camping on the Coast