Blogs from San Luis Obispo, California, United States, North America - page 5


Friday 17th May - Saturday 18th May We left LAX in our rental car. it’s a Pontiac G6 Convertible and it’s very nice to drive. We headed up Highway 1 past Santa Monica and Venice and then on to the Pacific Coast Highway to Malibu. At Malibu we cut across to Interstate 101. Driving on the right has been a challenge but I’m getting the hang of it, no mishaps so that’s good . There has been quite a bit of traffic on some of the roads (especially on the I-101 just out of LA) but the roads are well maintained. At about 7 we stopped at a town called San Luis Obispo (population 40000). This was a pretty, small town that looked quite charming. We’ll here we paid a visit to the local hospital for ... read more
San Luis Obispo
Highway 1 to Monterry

After yesterday's limp up from Jalama, this was a perfect day to kick back and enjoy the locale. Camped just a few miles away, this morning was spent touring Heart Castle. Hearst Castle was one of six homes built by William Randolf Hearst, heir to the largest silver mining fortune in the world, and builder of the first multi-media empire. He was not permitted by his mother to build on the site because she thought he might "get carried away." Within a week of her death and inheriting the family fortune, he began drawing up plans with his architect. Mother was right. When you traveled the world in those days with an open checkbook and a lusty greed for collecting, you could end up with a mess of stuff. In some ways Hearst Castle is a ... read more
Nice Light
Beautiful Statuary
Tour Bus Only

We are coming to the end of a 5-day stay at a state park in Morro Bay, a part of the Central Coast of California that seems to have everything a reasonable person could want. First, the scenery is drop-dead beautiful. The entrance to the bay is marked by Morro Rock, a 23 million-year-old volcanic plug, the first of some nine that are arranged in a line between Morro Bay and San Luis Obispo. Morro estuary is considered to be the least disturbed and most important saltwater marsh in the state and provides critical habitat for thousands of ducks, geese, and shorebirds. So, the birding is great. We have been kayaking every day in the bay and estuary, accompanied closely by several species of loons and grebes, all kinds of sea ducks, and sea otter and ... read more
Morro Bay State Park
Morro Bay Estuary
Morro Estuary from Black Rock

North America » United States » California » San Luis Obispo February 15th 2008

When down to the Greyhound station nice and Early. Queued up behind a mad lady (apparently lots of them use the greyhound). Spend 8 hours travelling down the coast, sleeping most of the way due to the night before. Lindy's friend Susie kindly picked me up from the station with Joel and Marshall. We went for a 'wander' round Costcos. I say wander but Joel decided to use Marshall's old wheelchair instead. So the pair of them proceeded to swap chairs and have a laugh whilst we were getting pizzas. Very funny! We then went down to an amazing place on the beach that another of Lindy's friends had been renting. Lindy was there already and Ray arrived shortly after. It was lovely to see them as it had been a few years since we last ... read more

North America » United States » California » San Luis Obispo November 14th 2007

Getting Ready This evening and yesterday and Sunday have been all about getting ready to go. Well, OK.. there was a little time for WOW in there, but who's counting anyway. Anne and I both worked today, and Anne works Wednesday too, half day. It was wierd closing down all of my projects and not having an avalanche of other work bearing down on me. Chris came in tonight, and Michelle was so very excited. Chris got asked to do several non-Uncle things (bathroom at Chile's, bath, etc)... but we let him off the hook, of course. ... read more

North America » United States » California » San Luis Obispo September 13th 2007

Hi everyone, I just wanted to share my experience in Montana. I lived there from the time I was 9 years old until I was 14. We loved going to the mountains for picinics and camping. Once when we went to "Going to The Sun Highway" we saw a big horn ram right in the middle of the road. He was beautiful! Big amber eyes and huge horns! We saw lots of other wildlife too. My brother coaxed a chipmunk to eat out of his hand. Once, we went up to Swift Dam and just sat down to eat lunch when two guys came down through the trees and said we needed to leave because there were grisley bears in the area headed our way. Unfortunately we had to leave but it was always a beautiful ... read more

Thursday morning, reluctant to leave my newfound community in Santa Barbara, I loaded my noble red two wheeled steed for a long journey. Soon enough I was heading west on interstate 101, hauling myself, my possessions, and my by-now unfamiliar home of nylon fabric and tent poles to an unknown destiny far away from that blessed oasis which had sustained me so kindly for so long. I made what arrangements I could for final meetings, passing by Fairview Gardens on the way out for Clif bars and Kale and a warm farewell with Casey. Farewell Santa Barbara, farewell Arden House, Ashley, Alex, Morgan, Vince, Casey, Roberto, Jasper, Nick, Matt, Rachel, Betsy, Mischa! Long live you all!! Quixotic, I felt, lone and seeking after some unknown but nonetheless surely beloved fate in some unknown but surely beloved ... read more

I graduated with my BA in Anthropology in June of this year. I decided that I would try out life as a field technician for a while. Field techs are usually hired by CRM (Cultural Resource Management) firms for specific lengths of time, from a few weeks to a few months, to work on specific projects. We are often required to work away from home and in other states because opportunities in the cities where we live can be few and far between. As a result, field techs are usually offered an hourly rate and per diem (an allowance for food and lodging). I heard about a job opportunity in California through a friend of mine that I met in field school, and she knew the archaeologist in charge, so I decided to apply. The pay ... read more
Morro Bay
The Carrizo Plain
The Carrizo Plain

Hey everyone! Just two days until we leave for Europe! We'll meet up in Zurich and from there we'll take a train to Interlaken, which everyone says is the most fun place in Switzerland. after a couple of nights in our hostel (ummm it's called the Funny Farm......) we'll head out to Venice for a couple of days. From there we take the train to Florence, where we'll meet up with Amanda, Natalie's sister who'll come with us for the rest of the trip!!! After a couple of nights in Florence we leave for the French Riviera, which I am personally the most excited for, I've been brushing up on my French. After a couple of nights in Nice, we fly to Geneva to catch our last flight to Barcelona, our final destination and new home ... read more

UntitledLisa Bartoletti The van is like a woman--full of secrets. lots to discover and only gives you a ride when she's ready. Or maybe I simply haven't discovered all her secrets. Let's make that maybe a definitive. Just know I was calling AAA from the parking lot of the Hollister Kmart because she wouldn't start. Only a clicking from the dash and a high pitched alarm that would die down slowly. there were tears. Then, magically, she turned over, ahhhh. It was a pleasant ride otherwise through Monterey County and small towns like Tres Pinos along the 25 going south. Now I'm camping for my first night at Pinnacle National Monument, the sun is setting, the 100 degree temperature cooling nicely. I'm not sure at all what i'm making for dinner, but I won't starve! Tomorrow ... read more
remingtonhs on the Kern river

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