Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Travel: California's Central Coast - Day 1 - Montana de Oro State Park

Yellow Coast - Montana de Oro State Park, California
Back in March my wife and I had a weekend getaway to California's central coast. We made stops in Los Osos, Morro Bay, Cambria and San Simeon. It was a great little vacation!

The sky was overcast for most of the trip, with fog occasionally rolling in. It gave the coast a different feel than blue skies--many people think that California's beaches have endless sunshine. Those that frequent the coast or live near the beach know that the weather can be fickle.

We arrived in Los Osos in the afternoon. The first planned stop was Montana de Oro State Park. This is a beautiful stretch of coastline that includes many rocks and cliffs. It was full of blossomed flowers on our visit.
Stone Arch - Montana de Oro State Park
We climbed through some of the rocky shoreline, including exploring a sandstone arch. We hiked a trail above cliffs. We took our time and enjoyed the salty breeze. There are many great locations along the coast, and Montana de Oro State Park is certainly one of them!

After a couple of hours in the park, just as the daylight began to fade into night, we headed to Morro Bay for dinner. After that we drove up the Pacific Coast Highway to Cambria for the night.

I brought along a Nikon D3300 DSLR with a Nikkor 40mm AF-S DX f/2.8G Micro lens attached to the front of it. This is an inexpensive and lightweight setup that yields high-quality photographs. I also had with me a Nikkor 55-200mm AF-S DX f/4-5.6G ED lens, but on this first day that lens remained in the car unused.

Stone Creek - Montana de Oro State Park, California
Rocky Shore - Montana de Oro State Park, California
Stone Design - Montana de Oro State Park, California
Rocks & Ocean - Montana de Oro State Park, California
Ritchie - Montana de Oro State Park, California
Captured by my wife, Amanda.
Amanda - Montana de Oro State Park, California
Danger, Sheer Cliff - Montana de Oro State Park, California

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