The Lompoc Vision
“Good News You Can Use.”
“Ocean Beach Park & Estuary”
by Rebecca Ross
JUST A FEW LOMPOC VISION
The Village Market ● Shepard Eye Clinic ● Eddies Grill
● UPS Store ● Alphie’s Fish & Chips ● YMCA ● Aquatic
Center ● Dwee’s Senior Center ● American Host ● South-
side Café ● City Hall ● Grocery Outlet ● The Chamber of
Commerce ● Lompoc Valley Medical Center ● Wilkerson
Chiropractic ● Mission Hills Market, Mission Hills Wa-
ter District ● Inklings ● The Lompoc Library ● Rabobank
● The Half Century Club ● Lompoc Skilled Nursing and
Rehabilitation Center on North Ave ● Fountrain Square of
Lompoc on North Ave. ● Denmat ● The Base Commissary
● The BX ● The Airmen & Family Readiness Center ●
One Room Escapes & Coffee ● Rabobank
...Just to name a few.
otanist. Birdwatcher. Nature Photographer. I am none of those things of-
ficially, but I’ve been known to play them when I’m researching articles.
Like Hunter Thompson hopping on a Harley to ride with the Hell’s Angels
for his 1967 book of the same name, I grabbed a pair binoculars and drove to the
beach to bring you this story about the Ocean Beach Park & Estuary. You know
how I like to put myself right in the action.
As much as I love
the fast-paced fun of
summer, I’ve found
that the coming of
Fall means slowing
down and enjoying
the simple pleasures
that only a relaxing,
meandering day spent
close to home can bring. Added bonus: it’s still warm enough
to spend those days outside.
My Dad and I played hooky on a random Tuesday morning
and found ourselves driving down W. Ocean Avenue looking
for the Ocean Park turn-off. If you’ve never been out to Ocean
Beach, as soon as you make that turn, you’re in another world.
A peaceful, picture postcard of a place that smells like salty air and chaparral.
On the day we visited there were a couple of cars and a yellow school bus in the parking lot. The only sound we heard
was the gravel crunching underneath our shoes as we walked
up the boardwalk at the edge of the estuary to read the educa-
tional plaques. (Side note: I don’t think I ever full appreciated
the educational plaque genre as a kid, but I’ve really learned to
dig them as an adult). We read about Giant Coreopsis and Ice
Plants and I excitedly pointed out the Pampas Grass because I
recognized it as a staple of many Rose Parade floats.
We looked for Western Pond Turtles and California Red
Legged Frogs and kept our eye peeled for Savannah Sparrows
and California Brown Pelicans. We also made good use of the
telescopes positioned inside the gazebo. As the field trip kids
made their way back to the picnic area and playground, we took ourselves down one of the paths, under the railroad trestle,
and out to the sand. On the way I took pictures of the estuary, wished I’d brought a bigger jacket, and admired the soft
ripples the wind created on the surface. Baby birds played in the water and we could see groups of people in the distance.
Since the nesting season is over for our adorable local Snowy Plovers, the beach was open and everyone seemed to be
enjoying the chance to explore the low, plant-dotted hills and dunes. The Santa Ynez River melted into the Pacific Ocean
and all was well with the world. They don’t have Jalama Burgers out here, but this just might be my new favorite Lompoc
hristmas trees are coming to both of our li-
braries. These are 3-foot table top trees that
are decorated by Library patrons, and they are
amazing in their creativity.
They will go on display starting Saturday Nov 16th
and will be on display until Saturday, December 14th.
Tickets to win one of these beauties are $1.00 each
or 6 for $5.00. The drawing will be at 2:00 PM, Sat-
urday, December 16th. (Remember if you do not feel
you need one it would be a wonderful gift for some-
one or donate to a group, hospital etc.)
This is a Friends of the Lompoc Library System
fund raiser and all money raised goes to help support
both our libraries. We are a nonprofit organization so
all contributions are tax deductible.
CHRISTMAS TREE RAFFLE
by Donna Dimock