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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 Pismo Beach. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Pismo Beach. 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. 

Friday, March 21, 2014

2014 First Day of Spring: Pismo Beach

Yesterday the first day of spring rolled beautifully into San Luis Obispo County. This annual celestial occurrence—also known as the Spring or Vernal Equinox—happens when the sun passes the equator moving from the southern to the northern hemisphere, and day and night are the same duration. This is the dawning of a progressively warmer season where the days continue to grow longer.

I got my exercise spending two-and-a-half hours walking along Pismo Beach in the late afternoon and early evening, kneeling in the sand, documenting the first spring sunset. The stunning cloud formation caused the sky's and shore's colors to morph from blue and silver to gold and pink. If I haven't said it before, I'll say it now: Clouds bring out the best in twilight's ethereal flirt over the ocean. 

 Here are a few snapshots of last night's once-a-year event.



Sunday, February 9, 2014

Sochi 2014 Olympic Games

The 2014 Olympic Games are rockin' and rollin'! My uncle's nephew, Travis Ganong (no relation to me), competed in Sochi over the weekend as a member of the U.S. Ski Team. He skied the men's downhill event and when I read the article about his celebratory fifth place finale—about how he pushed himself hard and had a smile on his face when he finished—it struck a chord.

In my humble opinion, no matter what you do, if you come from a place of contentment...you've arrived. 

Sweat with a smile!

My frequent walks on Pismo Beach often take me to a parallel universe and leave me with a smile.

 After a rainy Saturday, plenty of surfers and stand up paddleboarders hit the waves at Pismo Beach.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Pismo Beach Winter Sunset

Although record freezing temperatures are gripping many parts of the country, San Luis Obispo County is holding its own. Today SLO Town (that's San Luis Obispo City) sported winter temps in the high 60s. After work, with giant clouds streaking the westward sky, I couldn't resist driving over to Pismo Beach for a short walk on the beach to catch the sunset.

With cool air and a blue horizon streaked with white puffs and gold sun, plenty of surfers and beachgoers enjoyed the water and the evening view. That's what I call a workout.

Pismo Beach sunsets always begin...
...and end beautifully.

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas from San Luis Obispo County

My family's Christmas ta-da takes place on the eve of the 24th. We tend to celebrate with an abundance of special food and drink and our menu is never quite the same. This year we settled on crepes, with a variety of scrumptious fillings that left me with a food hangover the next morning. But I wouldn't change a thing, as each of us brought our own flavor component to the holiday meal, making the feast extra special. 

Although I logged in some exercise both days by taking walks on Pismo Beach to soak up the fresh salty air, the blue skies and warm temperatures, I definitely need to hit the gym during the upcoming winter months to work off my past and future indulgences. 

The colors at Pismo Beach during the early morning hours of Christmas Eve were cool, calm and collected.
The sun rose quickly, as did the roar of the high surf.
These critters pranced about on the shore.
This surfer headed straight for the crashing swell.
After the beach, I headed to the northern part of San Luis Obispo County to spend time with family for Christmas Eve dinner. We had a blast. For our menu, first a cheese and charcuterie plate with tasty bites from The Cultured & The Cured; then a crepe station accompanied with crab legs, shrimp, smoked salmon, roasted veggies, and grilled sausages and peppers. I even opened a special bottle of wine from Switzerland: petite arvine from the Valais region.
Even after all of this indulgence we found room for a flaming dessert: Crêpe Suzette. My brother is a professional chef in San Luis Obispo County and he knows how to work magic in the kitchen.
On Christmas Day, I headed back to Pismo Beach to soak up more of the beautiful weather. I hope you found some brilliance and sparkle in your holiday, just as these wave mongers did.

Monday, December 16, 2013

SLO Enchantment

I might never live in a big castle on an enchanted hill, but whenever I chase sunsets I find plenty of riches everywhere I lookgold, silver and bright. 

Pismo Beach Sunset, December 2013
Pismo Beach Sunset, December 2013
Hearst Castle, December 2013

Saturday, December 7, 2013

SLO Chill

The weather turned increasingly cold this week. It's hard to believe that last Sunday was sunny and warm. But in San Luis Obispo County, the sudden variance in temperatures is hardly anything new. And since our highs this week have been in the 50s, I can't complain; especially when compared to other parts of the country that are experiencing minus degrees. Brrrrr.

Last night it poured down rain—thank goodness since this county has been experiencing drought conditions for quite some time—and today the lingering storm clouds left plenty of photo opps. 

This evening I ended up running on Pismo Beach. I can't say that was really my intention; I just wanted to walk along the sand and snap photos of the reflective sunset. But when faced with gusty winds and a high chill factor, I ran back to the pier as fast as I could. 

Here are a few glimpses from my sojourn this evening. Cold might be relative, but so is art. It's in the eye of the beholder. As always, I hope you enjoy my view.

Pismo Beach Pier

Sunday, November 24, 2013

SLO Awesome Skies

During the past week storm clouds moved in, allowing San Luis Obispo County to benefit from some much-needed rain. Those of us who love cloud chasing reaped the rewards of following the awesome skylines. I got plenty of exercise running up and downs stairs and hillsides, as well as walking on sand to capture these beauties.

Shell Beach sunset.
Pismo Beach sunrise.
Bishop's Peak sunrise.

Sunday, October 13, 2013


Today was a beautiful day for a walk on Pismo Beach...as well as reflection...

Saturday, October 5, 2013

In the Pink

Sometimes you just have to get up at the crack of light to see what the day's got in store for you. This morning's sunrise at Pismo Beach was...pink. Just plain, simple pink.

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Summer's Roll

June 21 came and went, leaving summer in plain view. This morning the sandy shores of Pismo Beach beckoned, and I headed for a bit of exercise on the beach before heading out for an afternoon of wine tasting in the Edna Valley region. 

Today's summer weather? Pure brilliance. 


Monday, June 10, 2013

June Gloom

It's that time of year again. The clock strikes June and grey funk rolls across the sky, thick and unrelenting. It's no secret I have a hard time adjusting to the Central Coast's "June Gloom" and this year is no exception. 

But today, big blue skies and puffy white clouds eventually pushed aside the overcast atmosphere in San Luis Obispo City, and after work I celebrated with a walk on sunny Pismo Beach. With an endless horizon, the supreme echo of clattering waves and the fresh ocean air...the prime weather made me want to jump in the water. 

But I didn't. I walked along the beach and let the sand absorb my stresses of the day. In retrospect, I have gratitude for the gloom. Sometimes you need a little grey to appreciate the blue.

The gorgeous blue this afternoon.
June Gloom. Maybe it's not so bad.

Saturday, June 1, 2013

SLO Stellar

I only have one word to say about my walk on Pismo Beach this morning.  

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Spring Forward

There's a spring in my step. With San Luis Obispo County's brilliant weekend weather, I just can't help myself. Yesterday I ran alongside the shattering waves at Pismo Beach, and today I headed north to Harmony Headlands State Park

I hadn't returned to hike this undiscovered hot spot since last September, but springtime beckoned. The 4-mile out-and-back trail is now blanketed in greenish grasses and sports pops of colorful wildflowers. And let's not forget that this quiet hideaway eventually transports its wanderers to steep, craggly cliffs along the coast. 

Today, stellar blue skies and feathery white clouds blanketed the sky. Not a bad way to start the new season. 

Sunday, March 3, 2013

SLO Weather

Today I woke up much too early. But since a blanket of clouds rolled in yesterday and possible rain was expected todayI didn't mind my premature awakening. When the sky is enveloped with brume, this covering of particles in the air makes for amazing photo opportunities. 

So before my 5-mile run/walk this morning, I headed south for Pismo Beach with my camera.

The sundry sky opened up at sunset, just long enough for me to capture pockets of blue sky hidden behind the celestial horizon. I snapped more than a few pictures before heading back home.Then I logged my miles on foot.

Although today's weather couldn't seem to make up its mindshortly after sunset the clouds took over the sky and rained down a bit, only to clear up later in the dayI made up my own.

Maybe sleep a bit later...but keep on running.

Monday, February 18, 2013

Sloin' Down

Sometimes after a long workout, nothing beats taking the time to slow down and bask in the view.

Pismo Beach surfers take time to soak in the sunset before heading home.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

SLO Eight

Start slow, finish strong. 

This advice was grilled into my brain when I trained with a running team a few years ago. Although I don't always take this suggestion to heartafter all, it's easy to go out for a long run and find yourself faced with optimal weather, well-rested legs and the feeling that you just want to take off!but today I listened to the experts.

I paced myself soooooo slow that I wasn't even sure if I was moving. But running in this well-paced groove allowed me to pound through an eight-mile run/walk.

Sure, my legs are still sore, but I'm one step closer to my goal of readying myself for the half marathon that's only two months away. 

Next weekend's long run: 9!

February Pismo Beach Sunset

Tuesday, January 29, 2013


I remember a remark my business law professor made some 20 years ago when I was in college: People who witness a spectacular sunset remember the scene much better than those who behold the same sunset and take a picture of it.

I don't really know if this sentiment is true, but in my case I don't suppose it matters—or fits. Since I moved to the Central Coast over a decade ago, I don't know if I ever really appreciated the sensational sunsets I witnessed here until the last few years. 

But since developing an interest in photography, I will not let an opportunity pass me by to snap a few (or a hundred) photos of the grand spectacles of color that splash across the sky in front of me.

Capturing these mind-blowing images is a privilege. Here are a few reflections from the last few evenings in Pismo Beach—each offering its own unique colors and shapes, and evoking its own feeling.

Sunday, January 27, 2013


My waistline has seen better days. I can't help but wish that my clothes fit me better, that I had six-pack abs and a bikini-ready body.

But I have the ability to shift this sentiment into something positive. So here goes: I accept that my lifestyle habits and the choices I've made have resulted in all that I am at this very moment. My flab is my own. 

Now I move forward to create what I see for myself.

I'm not trying to assert any abstract thinkingI just want to take responsibility for where I am and get on with my health and fitness goals.The half marathon I've been busting my core and legs for is roughly 6,038,000 seconds away. 

That's plenty of time to rock these abs.

A colossal Pismo Beach sunset earlier this week.

Saturday, January 26, 2013

SLO Seven

This morning I made up my mind to run/walk seven miles. Although I had to drag my legs along begrudgingly, the sum of my parts succeeded.

Throughout today's long, slow journey, something became clear: I need new running shoes. The ones I've been trodding upon are now broken-down, dirty and over-used. Before my next run, I've promised my feet that I will fit them with brand-spanking-new shoes that will cushion and carry me all over San Luis Obispo. 

I'll save the old ones for sunset chasing on the beach. 

A few nights ago one of the most stunning sunsets I've ever witnessed lit up the sky over Pismo Beach.
Last night pink reigned supreme at Shell Beach.