Last weekend, instead of hanging out inside out of the wind, cold, fog and wet we were basking in the warmth of a tropical day and balmy night at San Clemente State Beach. We packed up the car with more stuff than we usually have for a week away and drove down the hill to the State Beach campground right behind Merrik’s school. We picked the best site in Southern California right on the bluff above the beach, overlooking one of the most beautiful points and famous breaks in California-Cotton’s. The waves were 2-3 feet but perfect. Merrik boogie boarded on sea and land.