Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Montana De Oro Camping

We took off the day after Thanksgiving and headed up to coast to Montana De Oro near Morro Bay. Forecast said clear weather the night before, but we woke up to rain. Luckily the forecast said it would clear by Friday. It was about a 4 hour drive, and we brought Georgie so we decided to break up the drive by stopping off at places to eat. We stopped off in Isla Vista to get some Cantina but they were closed (even though they said they were going to be open) so we headed straight to SLO for some tri tip at Firestone Grill.

We found a seat outside and ordered a bunch of food. J and I got the tri tip and pulled pork sandwich with a basket of fries.

The JJ's got the tri tip sandwich, cobb salad with tri tip and onion rings.

Everything was good, but the tri tip (what they are known for) was bomb.

Nixon grubbin

We headed to the campground after lunch, which was only about 20 mins away. The sites weren't all that great, mostly just pull-off sites but it was nice because it was situated right across from Spooner's cove, one of the only places dogs are allowed in the park.

We hung around for a bit and got situated. The JJ's rented a big camper van that had a bed, sink and grill. We brought our tent as usual.

By this time the storm had already cleared but I was hoping for some clouds to hang around for sunset. The JJ's came out with me while J hung back with Georgie. Unfortunately, most of the clouds blew away which made for a pretty uneventful sunset. Tide was coming in as well, so I moved from my spot I was setup at....didn't want to get wet.

The JJ's

Watching the sunset

We headed back to the site for dinner. We got the ribs and the Cajun sausage from Firestone and heated them back up on the fire.

Ribs and sausage were pretty good. Would probably only go back for the tri tip.
I woke up for sunrise the next day only to unzip my tent and see clear skies. Perfect weather for camping, not so much for pictures.

I spent both days for sunrise on the Bluff trail, a 2 mile trail that hugs the cliffs of the ocean and has some amazing rock formations.

I headed back to the campsite and we cooked up some breakfast. Eggs, bacon and pancakes....we ate it all before J could get around to taking pics.

We spent the day at Spooner's cove since Georgie isn't allowed on the trails.

Vulture eating a dead rock fish while a seagull looks on

We headed back to the site afternoon and just hung out and watched Nixon and Georgie play.

Dinner for the night was burgers. Raccoons or something got into our buns so we used bagels and left over bread from Firestone. We also used up the leftover tri tip and pork sandwich meat.

The next morning, we had bagel + hash brown, Portuguese sausage and eggs for breakfast.

We packed up and headed out. J and I stopped by Santa Barbara on the way home to get some Freebirds and let Georgie out to pee.

JJ driving the big green mean machine

Georgie enjoying the ride

Freebirds! Wouldn't have been a complete trip without it.

No other trips planned for the year, but I'll be heading out locally to get some cityscapes when the sunset looks promising.

Brandon Yoshizawa
B.A.Y | photography

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Brandon Yoshizawa
B.A.Y | photography
Landscape and Wildlife photography