Rocks and Wine

A climb up Bishop Peak in San Luis Obispo sure makes you thirsty. It was so dry and hot all I could do was dream of frozen strawberry lemonade . Nothing else would quench such a thirst. I finished all the water I had carried by the time I reached the top. The hike back with the sun beating down, the dust under my feet, the blast of hot winds and my slight anxiety of heights led to me to ask everyone I saw on the trail if they happened to have some frozen lemonade with them.  The usual response was a shrug and ” no, I’m sorry” . The occasional laugh and ” I wish” gave me hope that my craving wasn’t totally seen as a delusional heat stroke induced request. 

This hike was an obvious favorite for local hikers and climbers. Though busy and steep it was well worth the effort for such views. And yes, even the thirst couldn’t diminish my enjoyment of this place.

Immediately upon completion of the hike a quick sprint to the car and drive to the nearest lemonade location was my only thought. After quenching my thirst with a Starbucks blended strawberry lemonade it was time to head to the land of wineries.

After trying a flight of wines, I realized I really know nothing about wines. Maybe this is due to the fact I usually drink whiskey. Anyways, it was a nice experience and I’m proud to say I left without purchasing a magnum of wine for 300 dollars. Two new wine terms added to my vocabulary. Flight and magnum.Check.

The heat of the sun, the hike up the ridge, and flight of wine made me extremely sleepy. A happy sleepy but a ” I don’t feel like doing anything else”  kind of sleepy. So here I am, lying in bed and wondering if 8pm is just too early for bedtime. 

Nah, it sounds just about right.

Until tomorrow,


Hearst Castle

250,000 acres!!!!!!

Polar bears, zebras, and baby elephants used to live among the cattle on this massive estate. The cattle still roam and even some zebras can be seen along Hwy. 1.

I almost thought about taking a quick dip in this 25k gold pool would be worth getting arrested and fined. Until I learned the fine was in the thousands of dollars range! 

Apparently, Lady Gaga got to film a music video around this pool and the outdoor pool. The outdoor pool is now drained and under renovations. Not even a 250,000 donation could buy Lady Gaga a swim in the pools!

Beautiful gardens and fountains are found scattered through out the castle grounds.

Spectacular views and statues are around every corner.

Hearst castle is where high society first began socializing with film stars. Some guests included Charlie Chapman, Bing Crosby, and Mr. Warner from Warner Brother Studios.  High stakes poker games and billiards were played. Monopoly became a favorite also.

The castle has rich memories and is being maintained for future generations to enjoy. 

I’ll end this short post with a beautiful sunset at our destination for the night: Morro Bay.


Giants in the Forest

I’ve never felt so insignificant in my life. Standing in a redwood forest, surrounded by ancient towering skyscrapers. No camera or words could possibly do this place justice.

  You just need to experience it yourself. I will share just a few attempts at capturing the size of these redwoods.

Btw, remember yesterday’s post about the knights. Well, what do you know… at the end of a bridge in this vast cathedral look who I ran into.

A beautiful voice yodeling in a foreign language. The language barrier prevented me from learning about her, but there were a lot of giggling and nodding going on.

Anyways, let me back up to the Oregon Coast experience.. many hours before we reached California.

Okay, let’s just start with a question. Who would have veered off the road thinking there was a trail here ? Again, no signs. No signs of a trail and no signs that a trail existed here. 

I looked at Clutch like maybe he was delusional from driving so much. He just said, ” let’s get out here.” As if this place looked like anything but what it looked like. A dirt pull off.

I really hate it when I’m wrong. But however he managed it, we found a 6 inch wide trail leading under the road. And after walking on a sand dune for awhile this is the scene we ended at.

The picture right above is what the trail looked like. I’m holding a cool piece of wood I found on the beach in the first picture. I haven’t figure out how to add photos in order while blogging on my phone .

Here are a few more trails and sites along the Oregon Coast.

A found a whale in the water! See him?

Oregon is a land of bridges, lakes, rivers, bays, creeks, and beaches. So many beaches that they ran out of names and started simply calling them Beach 1, 2, and 3. Oh, before they ran out of names they called every beach ” rock” something. Like arch rock, house rock, whale face rock, haystack rock, etc.

I would love to return to Oregon to hike the many trails we had to pass by.  The coast line bike trail looks like a great way to travel too. Oh, if you don’t know, it’s illegal to pump your own gas here! I rather like that law!

After the trip I’ll post a map and names of all the places we hiked.

For now, here was our view of the Golden Gate Bridge as we arrived in San Francisco !

I miss Oregon already!


The Black Knight “None shall pass “

As I mentioned in previous posts, I love the unexpected adventures of hiking.

Clutch and I randomly decided to pull the car over while cruising down the Oregon Coastline from Washington . We saw what looked like a trail so we headed down it, seeing as our legs were cramping from sitting in the car for several hours.

Just take a peek at this unnamed trail..

This dense forest would have been great just as it was, but soon we saw a flowing creek exposed through the thick folliage . And as if that wasn’t enough, we came across this cool wooden bridge where we were greeted by some knights.

I’m sure this has happened to all of you, right? No? Shocking, it seemed so normal to be confronted by knights on a random, unnamed trail!

They were kind enough to allow us to pass unharmed. However, they told us the black night wasn’t so kind to the green knight or to Sir Arthur. 

We reluctantly left this scene to continue down this trail. And just when I thought it couldn’t get any better the trail ended here :

A secluded beach area.

A fun adventure for sure!


Did you see the beauty spot?

An Indian boy asked his younger sister if she had seen the beauty spot. As she smiled and nodded yes he proceeded to ask her a follow up question. ” Was it full of beautiful ?”

Now it was my turn to nod and smile because I couldn’t have said it better myself . Hurricane Ridge is indeed full of beautiful!


After hiking for awhile we came across an avalanche that had blocked our path. I was so excited to blog about the avalanche until I saw this sign.

A snow drift. A stinking uneventful snow drift. How I hate when reality points out my desire for the dramatic.

This fluffy guy was more than happy to pose for me. Marmots are just so cuddly looking.

This deer had no fear of the ” avalanche ” as he grazed right next to it. Unimpressed with the snow and our presence.

A few random thoughts on these drinks we picked up at the visitor center :

It’s funny what amuses me. Today it was Boxed water. Somewhere in my memories of  my elementary school cafeteria , I’m drinking milk from a small carton. As I took a sip from this water box, I swear it tasted like milk. I couldn’t get the memory of the taste out of my mouth. Odd.

But, Huckleberry lemonade is a taste I’m going to crave for awhile! I thought Montana was the only place that sold Huckleberry flavored things! What a sweet surprise.

Back to our travels.. after reluctantly leaving the ” beauty spot” of Hurricane Ridge we headed to Merrymere Waterfall.

This hour and half hike only took us 40 minutes… we still had a rainforest to fit into this day!

The Hoh rainforest is a great place to get lost. Trails going every which direction! We took as many as we could in 2.5 hours. Despite the posted signs of frequent bear sighting and aggressive elks in calf season we only encountered a poor little stranded bird in a crevice next to a trail.

Looking for a 4 leaf clover

Having tree fun

A few favorite pics

This last picture is super cool reflection of rain forest in spring water!

Now… the drive to Moclips  for our our stay at Ocean Crest resort .

People drive their cars and line up on the beach as if at a drive in movie. Unfortunately, we had no camera with us to catch the amazing sunset. Best drive in movie ever!

This morning we started our day with a drive on the beach before heading on the road towards Coos Bay, our destination for tonight.

Hoping to have a few adventures on the way.
Stay tuned!

From the 101 Highway !