While visiting Pismo Beach, CA we drove to several nearby points of interest for sight seeing and photographs. These images include scenes from Pismo Beach, Avila Beach, Montano de Oro State Park, Los Osos, CA, and Morro Bay, CA.
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1 Northbound on 101 after turning inland from coast, driving toward Santa Maria, CA
2 Along the 101 many miles of golden rolling hills and CA Oaks.
4 Over past few years, more & more vineyards are appearing along both sides of 101 south of Santa Maria.
6 Images 6 through 19 taken from hotel room and grounds of hotel which is located on a cliff above the ocean.
13 Can I stroke your feathers?
14 Are you some kind of kinky bird pervert?
20 Entering Montana del Oro State Park near Los Osos, CA.
22 Wild turkeys along the park road don't seem very wild.
23 Looking north from the park grounds we get our first view of the Morro Rock, some 7 miles distant.
24 Lone hiker walks beachside trails while talking on cell phone. I wonder if she is aware of her magnificent surroundings.
25 The shore is rugged, pristine, and left completely natural except for a narrow road.
33 Looking inland from the park road.
34 Horseback riding above the spectacular shore line, how great is that?
38 Leaving the park we head for Los Osos and Morro Bay, just a few miles north.
39 Images 39 through 41 taken in a sleepy little beach village, Los Osos, some dozen or so miles from the 101 highway.
42 This plaque cites history of the primary landmark of Morro Bay, followed by 4 photos of the Morro Rock.
47 Man made power plant competes with the Morro Rock for tourist's attention.
48 DSRV-2 Avalon is a Mystic class Deep Submergence Rescue Vehicle that is rated to dive up to 5000 feet (1500 m). The submarine was acquired in response to the loss of the USS Thresher so that the Navy would have a way to rescue submarine crews trapped far beneath the ocean surface.
Avalon was launched in 1971. The submarine, intended to be air transportable, was 50 feet (15 m) long, 8 feet (2.4 m) in diameter, and weighed 37 tons. The sub was capable of descending to 5,000 feet (1,500 m) below the surface and could carry 24 passengers at a time in addition to its crew. The sub was stationed at North Island Naval Station in San Diego and was never required to conduct an actual rescue operation. Avalon was decommissioned in 2000. The submarine may be donated to the Naval Undersea Museum. Source: Wikipedia
53 Seals congregate on bay structure which was probably built for them; I cannot imagine what attracts them to use it, but it works.
55 Leaving Morro Bay.
56 Avila Beach on far side of bay, shot taken near Port San Luis.
57 Long pier between Avila Beach and Port San Luis.
58 From shore front street above Avila Beach village looking across bay to Port San Luis.
59 From above Avila Beach village, which is to the right, the resort buildings (pink) top center, Port San Luis far left.
60 A favorite in Pismo Beach, McClintock's Steakhouse, where martinis are served in a Mason jar.
Warren and I loved seeing your pictures. You look great - Warren& Mary Falwell, Thu, 26 Dec 2013 5:25PM
Our favorite album of ever - brought back memories of one of our favorite places - #9 with Lea and the lavender should be in one of America's favorite magazines (beautiful) and of course, Dale loves the method of serving martinis in jars and likewise loves the martinis. Every photo in this album is exceptional - what a photographer!!!! - Dale and MJ, Sun, 13 Oct 2013 8:02AM
Brings back great memories;the last time I was at Pee Beach was in 1952 when I was In the Corps. It sure has changed! Your usual great shots. Query does the General do the actual shooting? - g l blick, Tue, 8 Oct 2013 7:42PM
Another beautiful piece of photography, B.B. Also enjoyed the last picture, of you and Lea. Brings back great memories. Stay well, friend. - Mike Giuffrida, Tue, 8 Oct 2013 6:29PM