First of all, Happy Birthday, Mom! We’ll take you out when we get back.
We were at a bit of a loss. I did laundry and we were planning to go to Cal Poly to see an art installation that we missed last year. But when I looked for information, there was none, so we didn’t do that. I thought it might be nice to check out Los Padres National Forest. It runs east of Highway 101 from Morro Bay all the way south to Santa Barbara. It may or may not have trees; it may or may not have wildflowers. So I picked what I thought was a paved road and we drove about 40 miles to reach it. It was not paved and rose steeply and windily upward into a not-very-interesting canyon. So we turned around and headed back. There was one nice spot on CA-166 with lots of mustard and one spot we couldn’t pull off near with a boat nestled into tall grass. Not too exciting.
On Thursday, we got our new retractable stair. It’s so shiny and new and we no longer have to worry about it collapsing with us on it. The company, Sea to Sea RV in Nipomo, did a good job in less time than they estimated. We couldn’t stay in the rig while they worked on it. They told us that years ago one of their workers had been killed while working under an RV, when the owners decided to leave. Yikes! So we sat inside the store, ate our sandwiches and acted as “greeters” for the people who came in.
Rain was predicted for Friday but the clouds were neat so we went up to Morro Bay to do the Black Hill Trail, a short steep trail to a 360-degree hilltop. The trail took off from Morro Bay State Park Campground, so we got a look at it. It’s a nice, large spread-out campground but it’s a few miles of narrow road to get to it and the sites go for $35 without hookups and $50 with. A little steep for us.
The hike has a 600-foot rise and it was warm but it was pretty nice. The wildflowers were mostly past peak but there were quite a few of them. We saw a couple of deer and a very large gopher snake stretched out across the trail. He slithered off before I could capture his head (photographically). We chomped our sandwiches at the top and watched the clouds get heavier. By the time we got back to the car, it was sprinkling a little. We got some coffee and goodies and found a nice spot right on the edge of choppy Morro Bay. That’s when it started sprinkling more heavily. Good timing for us.
Saturday morning we went for another walk along the beach and got Dave his second fix of Salt Water Taffy. That was the action part of the day, other than grocery shopping. We’re getting to read a lot, which is a pleasure when we have good books.
We settled into our new home – El Capitan State Beach Campground, on Sunday. We experienced an incredibly windy evening. The campground is ensconced between the Pacific and Highway 101 and train tracks. It was very noisy but we couldn’t tell if it was the sound of surf or car tires echoing on the highway or wind in the trees; probably all three. At one point I thought it had started to sprinkle, but it was pine needles raining on the roof. I was worried about a big limb falling on us but there was little we could do about it.
After surviving the night, we drove up to Solvang on Tuesday. Solvang is a Danish town that revels in its Danishness. Liz Vega and Stephane, her husband had come down for a week to celebrate their second anniversary. We walked around town, saw Mission Saint Ynez, had sausages at the Bit O’ Denmark, walked around some more and had coffee and goodies at a Danish bakery. It was a nice day with good company.
We wanted one more hike in the area and went to Gaviota State Park for one on Tuesday. All the hikes around Gaviota go up into the hills and ours did too. It wasn’t a spectacular hike but it was nice and accomplished our objective – hike enough to be guilt-free when we had Cuba Libres and potato chips later in the afternoon.