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I'm a self-professed adventure writer and former exercise junkie seeking a long-term relationship with my higher self, healthy workout habits, and a balanced, adventurous lifestyle in San Luis Obispo. Join me as I discover the healthy activities of SLO County, from land to sea.
Showing posts with label Morro Bay. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Morro Bay. Show all posts

Sunday, July 20, 2014

San Luis Obispo County: Weather in July

Beautiful in Pismo Beach.
July weather is always peculiar in San Luis Obispo County. This month we've experienced our usual share of gloomy, foggy coastal mornings, as well some recent humid stormy cloud coverings. Unfortunately, only a few sprinkles of precipitation have fallen to the ground, leaving the local soils still parched for rain. 

Although the drought continues, life goes on. I've been out and about for some exercise during these past few weeks, discovering SLO County life in its milieu of mist and clouds .

I hope you enjoy these mizzled scenes. 

I discovered this dewy spider web along the Bluffs Trail in  Montana de Oro.
One foggy morning in Los Osos, these Baywood Park boats seemed to transcend the water and float in the cool misty air. 
I always capture plenty of bird life out and about in the murky Morro Bay mornings.
This morning's scene in Pismo Beach. Hoping for some rain. 

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Cayucos and Morro Bay: Splish Splash!

Cayucos State Beach
My exercise habits over the last few weeks have been pretty much zilch. My excuse for slacking off last week? The 5-day San Luis Obispo International Film Festival. My justification for this week? Just plain old fatigue from having too much fun at the festival and jumping right back into a long work week.

But I'm back on track. Today I discovered two great outdoor exercisesboth with my shoes off that increased my balance, gave my legs something to shriek about, and left me wanting more.

In the early part of the morning, I ventured out to Cayucos State Beach to walk along its gravely shores. I stopped to pick up nifty pieces of colorful sea glass and when I reached the stretch of offshore rocks where the waves pound and clatter, I couldn't help but take off my walking shoes. Standing with my heels and toes firmly against the sand, I knelt down, got out my camera and captured the catapulting backsplash. 

I can't remember the last time I went barefoot at the beach—normally I walk or run with shoes on and remain carefully removed from the water. But today was different. The warm sunny day compelled me to get my legs soaked. The waves almost knocked me over several times as I balanced and shot pictures...what a great time!

On my way back home I couldn't help but stop in Morro Bay for a little rest and relaxation on the warm beach. But soon after arriving, I left my shoes and chair behind and headed straight for the water, discovering that walking along the shore knee deep in water might quite possibly be the greatest form of aqua aerobics known to humankind. Not once did I fall over during this resistance workout.

So there you go. Balance. Resistance. Exercise that is sheer fun in the sun. 

Wave splash!   
From Cayucos State Beach, you can catch a glimpse of Morro Rock in the distance.
From Morro Rock Beach, Cayucos lies just a handful of miles away on the distant shore.
Sometimes you just have to get your feet wet.

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Cloisters Beach Path, Morro Bay

This past week, San Luis Obispo County's recent warming streak changed course.The unusual skyrocketing winter temperatures in the 80s settled down a bit, bringing gentler highs in the 60s and 70s. We even saw a little rain. Regardless of the cool down, no complaints here. 

Yesterday I headed out for some early morning exercise on Morro Bay's Cloisters Beach Path. I walked a mile-and-a-half loop course that followed environmentally sensitive wetlands, sandy dunes, an uncrowded beach, and the home of the threatened shorebird, the snowy plover. The entire time, the iconic Morro Rock loomed in the near distance. Not a bad way to start the day.

The Cloisters Beach Path is easily accessible from Highway One in Morro Bay. Turn west on San Jacinto Street at the major stoplight on the highway and drive a short ways until the street dead ends. Make a left on Sandalwood Avenue and you'll see the public parking lot to the right. There are restrooms and direct access to the beach.

From the parking lot, look for the sign to the path. This paved trail eventually winds past Cloisters Community Park, and if you continue walking south for about a half mile, you'll reach the short beach boardwalk. At the fork on the boardwalk, head toward the beach. Your legs will get a nice workout traipsing through the soft sand dunes.

   If you want to extend your walk by an extra mile, head south towards Morro Rock once you reach the shore. Otherwise, head north and walk up the beach for about a half mile until you find the sandy path that leads back to your car.

 You have to watch carefully for this sandy path back to the parking lot. I use the trees to the left in this picture as a guide. This stretch of beach does not permit dogs due to the snowy plover's nesting grounds.
Whatever the weather brings, have a beautiful day!

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Happy New Year!

Morro Rock Beach
From land to sea, San Luis Obispo County is jam-packed with activities and locales that allow you to get some exercise. Whether you live in SLO County, visit here occasionally or plan to travel to this Central Coast mecca, the year-round temperate weather, along with the alluring coastline, Santa Lucia mountain range and agricultural influence, provide a healthy climate.

Since launching this blog in 2012, I started hitting the local beaches and hiking trails for exercise. Along the way a remarkable thing happened: I developed a healthy obsession for capturing the beauty I saw all around me. I especially grew to love sunset chasing; walking, kneeling and running along the sand to catch the perfect light reflecting on the water and shore have consumed my new-found photography hobby. 

Now that 2013 is gone and 2014 is staring us in the face, why not make this a banner year for your fitness goals and discover something new along the way? 

I've updated this site to include a partial list of SLO County organizations and business that might appeal to your sense of adventure. I believe one of the most important aspects of exercise is doing something that you personally find enjoyable—an activity that not only gets your blood pumping, but also nourishes your soul. The list I've compiled is by no means exhaustive and I welcome your input.

Whether you enjoy working out at the gym, paddle boarding, horseback riding, swimming, surfing, sailing, diving, kayaking, kite boarding, golfing, running, mountain biking, cycling, hiking, dancing, practicing yoga or the martial arts, I believe SLO County's got you covered. 

When it comes to fitness, everyone's sense of adventure is different. I hope you find and enjoy yours. 

Today I headed to Morro Rock Beach in Morro Bay. After a very long walk on the beach breathing the fresh, salt-scented air and listening to the soft crashing waves, I found my place of enlightenment.
 I'm always amazed at the bevy of activity on this quiet stretch of beach. Today I saw everything from fisherman and paddle boarders, to walkers and joggers, to horseback riders and surfers. Morro Rock Beach is quite a place to get the exercise of your choice. 

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Beat the Heat

When you're in the middle of a heat wave and need an escape? Morro Bay. With average June temperatures in the high 60's, I don't know where I'd rather be when the majority of San Luis Obispo County—or possibly the rest of the worldis experiencing record-high temps.

On today's cool morning coastal walk, I encountered many familiar feathered creatures common to the Central Coast: Great Blue Herons, Great Egretes and Curlews.

What a sight to behold.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Father's Day 2013

I won't see my dad for a few more weeks, but since my parents used to live in Morro Bay, I decided it appropriate to log in today's exercise on the strand of beach near Morro Rock. The skies opened up to blue brilliance and I found a few local birds who didn't object to my camera's intrusion.

Happy Father's Day.

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Chasing Birds

Foggy mornings in Morro Bay are not uncommon. The air is cool, the wind puffs about, and the waves crash amidst grey skies.

This morning, on the tail-end of a cold that knocked me for a loop the past few days, I knew what I needed: to escape to the outdoors.  

I drove north to the monster rock for some much-needed beach time. Families gathered and paraded about the beach for Morro Bay's annual kite festival; birds flocked heavily along the shores in a feeding frenzy.

Chasing these elegant birds alongside shattering waves at Morro Rock is just what the doctor ordered. Invigorating for the mind, body and soul. 

Sunday, September 9, 2012

SLO Morning

This morning I faced a tough dilemma: which beach should I drive to for my Sunday exercise? I tossed around the alluring possibilities of Pismo, Avila, or Morro Bay. But after checking the the weather forecast, my choice was clear: Montaña de Oro State Park.

I arrived bright and early at my old stomping ground and eagerly hit the Bluffs Trail. The blue skies and booming waves beckoned; my camera didn't stay in my pocket for long. I spent a few hours walking, exploring the tide pools, snapping photos, and even ran part of the trail.

Definitely, a wise choice.

Careful not to fall off the trail and end up in the churning mishmash of the sea.
The crashing water has carved its way through the rocks over the years.
On the trail, the pink thistles are drying up this time of year...
...leaving trace whispers behind.
But a few splashes of green and pink remained scattered here and there...
...and this pollinating bee indulged a little.
Just another SLO morning in paradise.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Day 94

This morning brought even quieter skies and waters to the Port San Luis Harbor in Avila Bay. I didn't see any whales or many pelicans, but managed to capture a few of the regulars that hang out at Harford Pier. A few of these feathered friends looked like they were jumping for joy.

Looked like great exercise to me.

Later in the afternoon I headed to Morro Bay for a walk on the beach. I thought I glimpsed a whale breaching in the distance, but I can't be sure. I did capture several interesting birds, who were out foraging in the surf and turf on this stunning summer day.

Monday, May 28, 2012

Day 4

I couldn’t keep to the bare minimum today. My self-imposed pledge to complete 30 minutes of daily exercise just didn’t hit the mark. Once my feet clobbered the sand and my lungs took a deep breath of fresh ocean air—I forged ahead.  Morro Rock loomed one-and-a-half miles in front of me, and I couldn’t resist its lure. 

With a lovely stretch of beach sporting perfect walking conditions, I marched on towards the 21-million-year-old Rock, the extinct volcanic peak that juts 576 feet into the sky. At the early hour of 8:00 a.m., this geological landmark of Morro Bay sat tranquilly amidst the lucid sky; its massive height captured flawlessly by the enchanting seaside canvas. 

I regaled in the clear blue skies, the steady crash of booming waves, and miracle of all miracles—hardly any wind. Walkers, joggers, dogs, and surfers performed their morning rituals on this idyllic holiday morning; I paused along the way to record my daybreak with incredible photo ops as the magnificent Rock’s reflection glinted across the wet sand. 

After one-and-a-half hours of traipsing along this coastal escape (my 30 minutes far into overtime!), fatigue settled in and I plodded back to my car. The wind picked up, and as I looked back towards the water’s edge, whispers of fog enveloped the Rock. I headed home.

30 minutes of exercise every day for 100 days. Day 4a colossal success.

A perfect day for reflection.

I stumbled upon this message at Morro Rock. Good advice.

All text and photos copywright @ 2012 by Elizabeth in SLO. All rights reserved.