“Highway 1 between Pismo Beach and Guadalupe is not as well known as some stretches and didn’t even get paved until the early 1950’s. There just weren’t a whole lot of people. But one group lived there starting in the 1930’s. They were quite a crowd – artists, astrologers, mystics, and writers, living in shacks on the sand. Most dispersed by the 1960’s. But in the early 1970’s, I was hiking in the dunes and I saw two buildings made out of wood found on the beach. A man was there. Bert Schievink. He was an astrologer and the last of the Dunites. He lived out in the dunes for 34 years. That was when I knew I had to write a book about them. A lot has changed around here since then. But even now, when you’re down in the dune hollows, you don’t hear the highway. Just the train whistles at the crossings.” – by Norman Hammond, Author of ‘The Dunites’
Fascinating book about a loose-knit community in the Oceano/Pismo Dunes who lived wild, unfettered and rent-free. Interesting bit of history about San Luis Obispo County.
Angela Donath, The Keith Byrd Team, South County Realtor in San Luis Obispo County, including Pismo Beach, Arroyo Grande, Grover Beach, Oceano, Nipomo, and Avila Beach, 805-801-4355