I didn't know they were there. I didn't know Adams had taken an image at the same area. I didn't know what I would find.
Oceano is a small, weather beaten beach town near the tracks south of the more wealthy and well known areas of San Luis Obispo and Pismo Beach. There is a State Park where you can drive your vehicle onto the beach and spend the night if you want. I had no idea what I would find, but I saw RV after RV after RV going down to the area as well as ATVs, tricked out trucks, etc. Pretty much Exxon's dream land; a mixture of Mad Max and Burning Man. The RVs and their associated gas powered vehicles stretched down the beach for at least 3, more likely 5 miles. It was chaos.
I parked my car and walked east toward the fence that was the boundary for ATVs to play in. Went through a hole in the fence and trekked for about an hour heading east. The chaos faded away and it was eerily quiet with no vegetation; only sand dunes. Deep sand, 25lbs of gear, and no idea where I was going or what I would find. So I just went for the highest sand dune to see the view. It was breath taking; another world. As crazy and chaotic as the beach scene was, this was as quiet and barren and other worldly as I have ever seen. I hope you can get some of that from the image: