We took a walk to Shih Tzu Beach this afternoon for the last time this season.  Too hot during the summer to really enjoy the island.  We'll be back in October or November. 

On our way we were stopped by a park ranger who asked, "Where are you going with the dog?"

"Off the state park on the other side of the tent sites," I replied.

"Well, you have to cross the park to get there."

"Yes, I know but was told as long as I carried her it was OK."

"Who told you that?"


"Nick?  When was that?"

"Yes, Nick told me that just before he left on Monday."

"Are you aware that there is a law against pets on any part of the beach on the island?  They just don't enforce it."

I wanted to reply that they don't enforce it because it would hurt tourism and also because people live on the beach and of course their dogs run and play behind their houses.

He was at a loss for words because it was his boss that gave me the OK so as I continued to walk away I said, "If anyone complains just say that I was off the park with my dog."

We continued on to the far side of the moon which is about a half mile away and once there I let Xi run and play and splash in the water then we sat for awhile on our beach chairs.  I said my goodbys to the ocean... for a few months anyway... then we started our trek back to camp.

I was paid up for another night but decided to return home.  Didn't like the feeling I got from my encounter with the park ranger.  I know that he will make his feelings known to the manager and I may eventually be told I can no longer carry my pet across the park beach.  I'm giving a lot of thought to finding another place to stay.

Placed a Peace Rock and loaded up and left.

On our way off the island we stopped at the end near the bridge where the marina is and a large parking area for beach access.  I inquired within the marina if I could park my RV in the lot while enjoying the beach and was told yes, however, just for the day.  Any overnight RV parking would have to be for a fee in a park.

That's the marina on the left.  We're standing on the levee crossover facing the bridge leaving the island.

Right next to this beach access is the RV park belonging to the marina.  It's $40 a night but I like the location.

That camper in the center has the best location and beach access in the park.  It's only a few steps to the beach.  However, the guest has rented it for the whole summer.  This park gets the same customers every year.  I imagine it would be hard to get any of the prime sites as they are reserved year round.

It's a really nice part of the island.

There is always a lot of activity going on with fishing rodeos, live bands, a place to eat, a lounge for drinking, a gift shop, and live or boiled seafood.  Along side of the marina is a large, lighted, fishing pier that goes out into the bay.  I would have lots to do for entertainment if I could get used to the cost which is really too high for my budget.  I'll have to give it a lot of thought.

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