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Santa Maria Valley Strawberry Festival 2014



We went to the Santa Maria Valley Strawberry Festival for the first time today. We had seen ads running on TV and it looked like a really great time. Since we are busy Sundays we decided to go on Saturday. I was particularly excited to have a Strawberry Shortcake because they were continually shown on their ads.



The Good: The parking was paved. If you’ve ever been to the Kern County Fair, you’re pretty used to parking in dirt. I don’t know it they have other parking, but we arrived early so got a decent spot. 

The sights and sounds are great for small children and keep their interest. There were numerous small free areas for young children, which included a putting green, bean-bag toss and more that kept the kids interest for a while.



There was a Strawberry tasting area in a building that gave you three strawberries to rate. I can honestly say the green label was the best, sweetest, strawberry I’ve ever had.



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Eldwayen Ocean Park and Beach Access

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Instead of going to our usual we decided to do a little scouting, and found a map to all the beach access stairs in Pismo.
Eldwayen is where we wound up first. The beaches although separate from all the other areas, don't seem to have individual names.
We're calling it the beach at Eldwayen Park. The park is a narrow strip that literally sits right next to the bluffs overlooking the beach with a steep stairwell down. It has several BBQ areas and is dog friendly as long as the dog is on a leash. There are no restrooms here, so plan accordingly. On this trip we brought our lunch and ate at the picnic tables. It was a little breezy so we had to bring out the light jackets. I think it's a cool little park when you want to visit the ocean, but don't want to deal with the crowds. 

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