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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.
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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

San Luis Obispo County: Summer 2014

Forgive my absence. I've been a bit overwhelmed these last few months. 

But summer's here, the air is fresh, and the skies are bright. San Luis Obispo County offers more than its fair share of outdoor activities, and I plan to take advantage of the long days by logging in heaps and bounds of plen air exercise. I hope you'll also have the opportunity to explore this Central Coast mecca and chart a few adventures of your own. 

Here are a few pictures of last weekend's exploration of Moonstone Beach in Cambria. What a summer splash!


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Sunday, March 2, 2014

San Simeon Creek Trail

Much-needed rain is drenching San Luis Obispo County this weekend. The stormy skies and howling wind are a far cry from last weekend's perfect hiking climate, when I discovered a terrific hike in the northern end of the county: San Simeon Creek Trail. This 3.3 mile pathway rambles through a seasonal wetland, a Monterey pine forest, riparian woodlands and open grassland. Along this state park trail's varied terrain and undulating hills, I caught glimpses of local wildlife, walked along land once inhabited by the Chumash and Salinan Indians, and logged an amazing workout.
  Located on Highway 1, the trailhead is a few miles north of the town of Cambria and just south of the turnoff for San Simeon Creek Campground. You can easily spot this day-use area, which has a small parking lot, public restrooms, picnic grounds, and sits directly across from Vista Point on the coast of San Simeon.
From the parking lot, look for the boardwalk's ramp. Walk to the west and you'll go straight to the beach. Head east for a few minutes and you'll soon find the entrance to the trail. 
Along the entire pathway, walkers will find plenty of vantage points to sit and take in the view.
Early in my hike I spotted these mule deer grazing in the seasonal wetland.
After entering the shaded pine forest, the noise of the nearby highway dissipated.
By the time I reached the riparian woodlands, the only sounds came from local wildlifelike flitting birds and scurrying woodrats.
Eventually this loop course leaves the forest and woodlands behind for open terrain. The Santa Lucia Mountains provide a rolling backdrop.
     After this quiet hike, I headed for an opposite experience at the beach: salty air and crashing waves to round out my excursion. I can't wait for my next adventure...when the weather clears up.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Cambria's Moonstone Beach Boardwalk


Yesterday as I was stretching during the middle of my workout, the gentleman standing next to me said, "This is the best gym in town." I couldn't have agreed more.

But I wasn't sweatin' it out inside a fitness center, I was standing on a viewing deck overlooking the Pacific Ocean on Cambria's  Moonstone Beach Boardwalk. Outside in the sunshine, fresh air and low-70 degree temperatures, thunderous waves crashed below me, whales spouted in the far horizon, and I benefited from a few hours of exercise. What an amazing weekend to explore the California Central Coast! 


Cambria lies at the northern end of San Luis Obispo County and its famous stretch of coastline, Moonstone Beach, is easily accessible. Just look for the signs as you're driving on Highway One through Cambria.
When I visit the boardwalk, I prefer to park at the northern end of Moonstone Beach Drive at San Simeon State Park's Leffingwell Landing. There is a large paved lot, public restrooms, picnic grounds and beautiful views. Before beginning on the boardwalk, you can head north up these stairs and meander along a short roped trail that winds along the cliffs. Access stairs allow you to walk down to the pebble-studded shore.

To begin the Moonstone Beach Boardwalk from San Simeon State Park, walk south over the bridge from the park. The boardwalk is about 1.5 miles each way and is a flat, easy course to follow. Several benches and viewing decks allow walkers to stop and soak in the stunning blue sea. There are plenty of access stairs along the way, leading to tide pools and the beach.

There is always a bevy of activity at Moonstone Beach. Yesterday I saw surfers, fishermen, families playing on the shore, people walking their dogs, and many out searching for sea glass and moonstones.


At the southern end of the boardwalk, you'll find many beachgoers and surfers at Moonstone Beach Park. Yesterday these walloping waves gave surfers and onlookers quite a thrill.

Click here for directions and more details about this splendid walk.
Happy Trails!