The shoreline here consists of wide flat beach flowing into plant covered dunes flowing into sand-only dunes. The variety of plants that grow on the dunes is amazing, not just grasses and bushes, sometimes you see huge pine or eucalyptus trees. There are small lakes and marshes in pockets as well.
|We enjoy watching huge flocks of sandpipers running along the wave line.|
One day we drove North to Avila Beach to hike the Shell Beach - Ontario Ridge Loop Trail. I started the hike off with a bang, literally, when I tripped over a piece of barbed wire and face planted down a short hillside. Luckily the damage was minimal and fairly superficial, but my nose may turn mighty colorful over the next week or so as it recovers from my sunglasses being jammed into the bridge of my nose!
|Spectacular views from Ontario Ridge include Avila Cove.|
|The "cave" at Cave Landing.|
|The rugged coast line North of Cave Landing.|
|Enjoying a beer on the Avila Beach pier.|
Ontario Ridge is the hill behind Hans' head.
Another day we drove about 15 miles to San Luis Obispo and hiked the Poly Canyon Desgin Village at Cal Poly and afterwards walked the charming streets of downtown SLO. California Polytechnic State University has a highly regarded architectural design program and the students are fortunate to have this wide open space to practice building unique structures.
Here are some shots from a walk on the beach last night...
|The bird on the left is probably an osprey who just caught a fish...|
we saw it happen!
|Unique funnel-like cloud caught our attention in the distance.|