On the Road Again...
My health improved enough for me to get my backside back on the road at the end of August. Yee haw! The physical therapist, diet and daily exercises have really helped. Of course at my age the Dr. keeps finding things he wants to test and it looks like that'll continue for awhile but in the meantime... let's take a quick jaunt to a couple of my my favorite central coast haunts.
First, without pain, I took my little trailer up to Gaviota State Beach where my camping pal, the inimitable, entertaining and hilarious Marty, met me. I wasn't quite as mobile as I will be but I did take a few photos of the pier and Gaviota Creek.
After Marty left I drove up to Morro Bay State Park. That drive is spectacular and has been a favorite of mine since childhood. Highway 101 from Santa Barbara along the coast and then, when it turns inland into the California Oak savannah country, inspires me for a number of reasons. It's beautiful, of course, but it always feels like I'm finally leaving Southern California behind and moving on to a new and wonderful place.
And I am...
The weather at Morro Bay was alternatively sunny and foggy. I did a few touristy things this trip. I took the "Sub View" tour which is a lot like the old glass bottomed boat in Catalina. You only go out a little way into the harbor and they chum for smelt. It was simple but still fun. The next day I decided to go on the whale watching tour and, for only the second time in my life, I got sea sick. There was a large swell and it got to me. Sigh. That wasn't expected or welcomed. I was miserable and since I wasn't feeling great I only took a few photos.
The whales though...magnificent.
Here are some photos of my first day on the water.
That afternoon I drove over to one of the last remaining old fashioned California beach towns, Cayucos, and make a few photos. As I was parking I noticed many pelicans on the water. Some old guy, seeing my camera, ran up to me and shouted, "Get some pictures of the storks!". Cracked me up. I did take his advice.
Here are a few photos from the rest of the trip.
The black and white images.
Thanks for coming along on this short trip. Tomorrow I leave for Corvallis, OR as I take my daughter's things to her dorm room. It's bittersweet. I'm so proud of her but I'll miss her like crazy.
My hunch is I'll take some photos of the countryside.
We'll talk soon!
9/19/2019 11:01:52 am
Wonderful pictures!!!! Thanks so much for sharing :)
9/28/2019 10:24:29 pm
Tanya, thank you so much for your kind words and our online friendship. Hope to meet you IRL someday.
9/19/2019 02:11:14 pm
Beautiful photo travelogue. Enjoyed hearing about your trip. Glad you are recovering. Here's to many more. :)
9/28/2019 10:26:09 pm
Ah David, thank you kind sir! Getting to know you over the past few years has been one of the pleasures of my life. Here's to meeting you on the road one of these days!
9/19/2019 03:50:56 pm
Great to see you back on the road, my friend!
9/28/2019 10:26:33 pm
9/24/2019 12:39:24 pm
Good to hear you are back to your adventures, limited as they may be. It will come. Wishing your daughter a wonderful college experience. Safe travels.
9/28/2019 10:27:36 pm
Darla you are THE BEST! I'll be in Yellowstone next summer with Jodi and Lee Anne and maybe Kevin - any chance you might be able to join?
1/19/2020 01:32:44 pm
Jeff, keep me posted on when you are going. LeeAnn and I try to see each other when I am in Colorado May through October. Would love to see you all.
10/16/2019 05:27:56 pm
Beautiful photos. I always look forward to your tweets. I think you and I share the bittersweet things in life that we appreciate as we age.
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