We had a perfect day of weather for our visit with Mike's sister yesterday. The plan was always to have some lunch at the Oceanside Harbor and then head to the Oceanside Pier. I believe of all the places we visit when we return to this area, the Oceanside Pier is my favorite. This was where we spent summers when we were teenagers. Of course, there are other beaches in the area, but this was always our spot for the 4th of July, when they shot fireworks off the pier. We'd make a day of it, bring dinner and a small BBQ, then dig a trench in the sand where we could lounge and wait. Those are great memories.
Mike and I left this area shortly after we married in 1975. We moved to Phoenix, where he attended school. While living in Phoenix, we read the Oceanside Pier had been half blown away in a storm. Some years later it was rebuilt, and it's so much nicer than it used to be. There were also some sketchy neighborhoods along "The Strand," as we called it. All of those ticky-tacky shacks have been removed and the area has been rebuilt and modernized.
We started out at The Broiler restaurant at the Oceanside Harbor. We had a short wait for a table. Although the sun was shining when we arrived, the fog rolled in while we waited.