Pismo Beach, CA

Pismo Beach is another beautiful spot on the central coast of California, located south of Morro Bay where we parked for a month back in the summer.  We parked at Pismo Coast Village which is located on the beach.

The Pismo State Beach Monarch Butterfly Grove is another wintering site for these beautiful butterflies.  At this grove we were able to see many more butterflies than when we were at the grove in Pacific Grove.

Next stop:  Santa Clarita, CA

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Greenfield, CA

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Greenfield is on Highway 101 south of Salinas.  While here we visited the Monterey peninsula and Pinnacles National Park.

We have been to Monterey before on a road trip and it’s a beautiful place to visit.  We checked out the Monterey Bay Coastal Trail, Lovers Point Park, Point Pinos Lightstation and had a terrific lunch in Cannery Row at The Fish Hopper restaurant.  We also stopped at the Monarch Butterfly Grove in Pacific Grove.  This is one of several wintering sites for these colorful butterflies along the Pacific coast.  Temps were in the mid-50’s when we were there so they were not very active and we saw only a couple of them.  We’re hoping to see more at the grove in Pismo Beach.

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Morro Bay Sand Spit Hike

The Morro Bay sand spit is a long narrow, curved peninsula that extends from Montana de Oro State Park almost to Morro Rock.  It separates Morro Bay from the ocean.  We took a hike along the beach side of the sand spit which is about a 10 mile round trip.

Morro Rock in the distance

Of course, the hike is on sand for the entire way but it’s not bad when you stay close to the surf where the sand is packed to give more firm footing.  The main sight along the way is the variety of sea birds.  There were areas where they were quite thick.

Cluster of birds

We saw various types of gulls, sandpipers, plovers, pelicans and a couple of snowy white egrets.

Taking flight

Tahoe to Long Beach

When we left Tahoe, we drove back to Crowley Lake to rejoin our RV which we left hooked up at the Crowley Lake RV Park.  After getting settled back in we spent two nights there before making the drive to Acton, CA.

This time we spent one night at the Acton/Los Angeles KOA North just to break up the drive and to not finish our drive battling it out on the LA freeways.  After this one night in Acton we drove through LA to reach Long Beach.

Long Beach Bike Path

During our 11 days in Long Beach we were able to check in with some family and friends and catch up on some medical appointments.

Next stop:  Morro Bay, CA

Elephant Seals

The most easily accessible location on the California coast where you can view the Elephant Seals is near San Simeon, CA, about 5 miles north of the entrance to the Hearst Castle.  Right on Highway 1 you can pull into the parking lot and observe them laying on the beach and maybe sparring in the surf.  The rookery you see here ranges over 6 miles of California coastline in the area of Piedras Blancas.  This was a 30 mile drive north from our base in Morro Bay, CA.

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