The last couple of days we’ve been staying on the coast of Southern California. Specifically in Newport Beach, Dana Point and San Juan Capistrano. We left the deserts of Arizona back to the coast because we are involved in a little video production project with a company we’ve been working with this past year. They are very supportive of our life on the road and we are grateful for their support. When they told us about shooting a short little video of our family and our lives, we were happy to oblige.
Let’s rewind a few weeks back to our week in American Girl Mine BLM land outside of Yuma Arizona. We ran into Jeff and Deb Spencer, AKA Rolling Recess. They were the folks who originally suggested us to be a part of this project. The timing of us leaving Arizona and coming back to LA for a few days worked perfectly so we made the commitment to come back out here.
We have spent a fair amount of time at Doheny State Beach in Dana Point, California. As all California campgrounds, it is pricey and crowded. But it is right on the beach and near some of our old friends from college whom we get to visit while we are back on the west coast. We found out quickly though that it is not the ideal place to make a little short film. The weekend crowds make a lot of noise and having a crew there with a bunch of equipment does draw a fair bit of attention.
We managed to get some good footage of us hanging out at the beach but called it a day and decided to reconvene the next day at a new, hopefully quieter location. We have been told that a nearby regional part a little inland from San Juan Capistrano was a bit of a local secret. Of course most people prefer the beach when they are this far west so we thought it could be a good bet for us as a shooting location. Going to a park just for day use is actually one of our regular full time activities. Usually when we are moving quickly across a state we like to find nice parks that we can spend the day at for next to nothing and put some miles under us after dinner. Our day there pretty much simulated one of those days.
Caspers Wilderness Park is an 8,000-acre regional park minutes away from a densely populated southern California neighborhood. You wouldn’t know it being there on a Monday afternoon. We had pretty much the whole place to ourselves. We set up shop at a day-use gravel parking lot, rode bikes, cooked hot dogs and shared our lives on the road with the camera.
We had a couple of long days but it was a great experience over all. We want to thank Jeff and Marty especially for spending their days with us. They worked a couple of long days getting this project to work out the way it did. We won’t see the final product for a few months but we feel great about the time we spent together.
Here is my little vlog from those couple of days and hopefully gives you a little behind the scenes look of how this all went down.