Montaña De Oro State Park: Exploring Morro Bay Area part one

Ryan and I came to this area with no preconceptions or schedule.  We followed our noses over the course of several days which mostly led us on breathtaking coastal hikes and other free or nearly free adventures. Image.


a veritable field of ice plants- that’s what they call them. A beautiful, prolific and common ground cover here that blooms in purple and yellow.


the Big Boy gets around

This series of photos was taken one morning in April (a few weeks ago) in the Montana De Oro State Park near Los Osos.  This is about midway between LA and San Fransisco in southern California.

If you love drama, rocks, waves, wild flowers and tide pools, you’ll have a hard time getting enough of this area.  It is just amazingly beautiful and actually got its name from a golden flowering plant that’s common here.  

But don’t wait to get out and enjoy our public lands!  According to Wikipedia, this area was one of the 48 California state parks proposed for closure in January 2008 by California’s then Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger as part of a deficit reduction program but stayed open due to public outcry.  What a terrible loss that would have been.

Environmentalists take heart!  Sometimes you do get your way.  Here we are, 6 years later enjoying peak life experiences in these great public spaces.  

Take a peek at the outrageous beauty.



the Pacific exhales


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