We have spent our last few days in America on the beach and getting ready for Mexico. Unfortunately after 17,000kms of stress free driving we had 2 minor bumps in the space of a few days. Bump number 1 was clipping a palm tree when pulling away from parking which knocked the rear marker light on the top of the truck at the back off. We had pulled in to get some cash and did not realise this tree was leaning into the road. Southern California is very beautiful and the weather fantastic but it is a lot busier and not so easy in the truck. Since we knew places to camp would be at a premium at the weekend we had booked ahead to camp near San Diego on Silver Strand Beach. Having just had a the bump I was not in a good mood and when we turned up at the campsite the lady was not going to let us in as she thought we were a commercial vehicle. After insisting we were not she wanted to see the vehicle registration document to prove it was an RV. I said we had an English registration document and we did not use the term RV in England. This flumaxed her and she let us in without looking at the document. Whilst we were camped on a beautiful beach.
The camping space was nothing more than a car park which was pretty full so not great.
The beach itself was not that busy and we spent a nice afternoon on it. It is right next to a naval base so note the signs. We also saw an aircraft carrier sailing into port.
We have spent our last day in the US doing jobs, shopping, laundry etc and bump number 2. This was when parking on another palm tree lined street. I was too busy focusing on the trees I inadvertently reversed into a car. As we are much higher than the car only minor damage was done and a small cash payment sorted it.
For our last night in the US we headed inland to Portero County Park which is a lot quieter and a much more picturesque place to camp with the trees just starting to show their autumn colours.
This meant a nice relaxing end to the day before the border crossing tomorrow.