Manny is going on this trip. He’s been to Australia before. He is sitting on top of my clothes I’m going to pack. I’m debating about taking my tripod. It weighs about 8 pounds, 1/2 of my allowable weight on the plane from Brisbane to Melbourne. I definitely will not need it to kayak. This post is part of Carol’s series, Close to home #6.
by Carol SherrittKayaking with Straddie Adventures When I hear the words “Don’t bring anything you don’t want to get wet,” my plan to take beautiful photographs of the sea disappears with my camera. …
Week 45: Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Entrances or Doors
I say “girl’s” rather loosely since last month I parked my car, and the attendant gave me a senior discount without asking. Yesterday was my official Medicare birthday. My health is now your business. 🙂 That’s the new door in my life.
We booked a home run-down beach cottage at the Tides Motel just a few steps from Pismo Beach. I should have taken pictures of the cottage doors, both front and rear. You could see out of them when they were closed, and they did not have windows!
One morning, two of us headed down to take a look at our beachfront property. Oops! The door was shut and padlocked. A clue?
Had someone SEEN us in bathing suits? Yikes!
It was like a horror film, or a bad dream, where you walk through the door into thin air. Only on the other side of this locked door were thin, rusted, metal stairs. We were glad there was NO access there when we saw the underpinnings of the path down to the beach. 🙂
What horrible entrances have you avoided? Unfortunately, you can’t avoid the entrance into Old Age, unless you don’t make it that far. So I prefer to think of it as Opportunity Age. 🙂
This off the beaten path was for the birds, but I enjoyed it from the Bob Jones Trail in Avila Beach, CA. I’ve never seen any birds line up like this since. 🙂 Avila Beach, pronounced AH-vuh-luh, has a population of approximately 1,627 at the 2010 census.
It’s hard to believe Avila Beach is that unpopulated when you hike this trail. Not much level land area exists between the beach and the bluffs, but this trail is flat, leaving the cliffs to the side, and people flock to it, as do other creatures.
This was another shot from the Bob Jones Trail, which meanders three miles around a golf course in Avila Beach ( about a half mile from the beach), along San Luis Obispo Creek, past a housing community and general store and restaurant, inland to Ontario Road. which is the road that comes off the Highway 101.
Bob Jones Trail Starts Here
People park their cars and ride or bike the trail with and without extra small people and animals in tow. It’s usually fairly crowded so even Puppy Girl knows to stay on the right side of the center line. Bicyclists are usually courteous enough to call out, “On your left,” as they approach you.
This is the beginning of the trail at Ontario Road. You can see the parking lot across the street.
It’s a great place for families to escape the heat of the Central Valley in the summer and the fog and cold in the winter. It was 95 degrees there last week but my advice is to always take a sweatshirt. You never know.
Shell Beach Bluff Trail
Just up the road between Pismo Beach and Avila Beach, off Ontario Road is the Shell Beach Bluff Trail with mansions on one side and the ocean on the other.
This does not look like a trail, walkers are gently guided onto a fenced path. No one accidentally wanders into the front yards of these homes.
The Shell Beach Bluff Trail trail starts at a parking lot on Indio Drive and winds down to the beach if you go off the paved path.
It’s easy walking for both people and pets. Warning: the trail that leads on down to the beach is not so easy-going. 🙂
I had trouble keeping my camera focused on the trail. Sorry! I’m not sure what to do with that white cord. We swiveled around at the start of the downward trail and kept on the paved path back up to Indio Road again.
If you are in the market for one of these beauties on Indio Drive, they are quite reasonably priced at about 1.6 million to start. We chose to stay in our trailer at the KOA Park on Ontario Road. 🙂
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