May 15, 2005
California central coast trip
Our vacation along California's Route 1 highway was a beautiful tour of sea, sand, coastal wildlife, and very twisty roads. By camping our way up the coast from San Luis Obispo to San Francisco, we had access to some of California's best beaches and parks on the cheap. This is definitely a "must see" experience!
This was the view from our solo camp site at Montaï¿½a de Oro State Park, near San Luis Obispo. By far the best view we've experienced in our long years of camping.
Dining with a view... We've got this sunset all to ourselves. Interested? You can reserve it online (it's the Deer Flats site)
MdO also had amazing tide pools, easily accessible from their coastal trail.
Our drive up the coast was gorgeous... and hair-raising. Hwy 1 up to Big Sur gives new meaning to those yellow "caution: winding roads" road signs.
Monterey Bay is a spectacular and special place. We saw lots of marine life on our whale watch tour, including a huge pack of Risso's dolphins.
Lots of wildlife, big and small. This voracious snail was part of a large group that emerged after a long rain to snack on the lovely garden in the Mission San Luis Obispo de Toloso.