early morning fog
KinQue, Mannard and I left home early on Friday morning and it took us nearly 2 hours to get out of the bay area. Mostly cause we kept having to go back for stuff. First, I forgot my bathing suit then David forgot his flashlight. But he decided he would stop at the Mountain View REI and just buy one instead to turning back again. Then we had another scare while at REI. David couldn't find his wallet for 15 min or so. But thank god, he found it. We were finally on the road. In Paso Robles, we turned off the main highway and cached our way to Morro Bay. We got to our campsite around dinner time. After setting up, Dylan busted out the new lantern momma Linda gave for Easter.
It took a couple tries to get it lit =P
We had some really nice neighbors at our campsite. They were a couple in their 50s and very nice to us. They kept giving us fire sticks since the wood down there is really damp. When we told them the hike we were doing the next day, they just laughed and said, "you're doing it on purpose?" The moon was really nice and big the whole time were were down there too. It was really nice to have some light at night.
Our first dinner was very reminiscent of our road trip. Ah, memories!
Day 2 of our vacation was spent entirely on a hike for 2 Geocaches. It was quite an adventure. We had an idea of what it would be like, but it was way more extreme than we though!
Dylan and David, both excited for the hike. The sign says 1.1 miles, but we did so much more than that thanks to the caches we went for!
There were lots of pretty poppies!
Loved David's pose here. We were about a 1/4 of the way up a giant hill towards a cache called Easler Island.
We're getting closer! We're about 1/2 way now. Can you tell which rock the cache is behind?
Right behind where Dylan is standing, is a straight drop down the hill!
Yay! We found it!
The pretty view!
You could see hwy 1
Oh no! David got ahold of the camera!
Next, we were off to Rock Hoppin Good Time. At the Easler Island cache, the trail stops and all we get to do is rock hop! First we had to get over a tall hump of rocks and climb over a bunch of ridges. The cache page says it was only .5 miles, but it felt so much longer.
The cache page mentioned that poison oak was present and to be careful. In fact, he said that as long as you stay on the rocks, you would be fine. Well... I think more has grown since October when he placed the cache, cause there was no way we could avoid the poison oak! In the photo above, 95% of the green is poison oak! What added to the extremeness, was that the other 5% was a plant with these huge thorns! My legs are still really scratched up. I bled pretty bad on one leg and the other was really scratched up. It looks like I have a really angry cat =P
Sorry for the crappy watermark. I didn't want to spend $20 on a photo sticking program =P
Anyways, this is the ridge we climbed for 4 hours. First we climbed up to Easler Island cache, then we climbed over that huge hill to the top most ridge of the mountain and climbed our way to the cache. Crazy! I don't know if the photo does it justice, but good god, it was hard!
Once at the cache, we had some really pretty views.
You could see Morro Rock and another morro hill.
After signing the log, we had a nice sit and had a snack before heading back.
Day 3 was Easter and other than the Lantern, Dylan got more Easter treats!
Dylan's mom sent an easter basket with us!
We played with the goodies while having breakfast.
Dylan shared the Peeps with me!!
David cooked me up some scrambled eggs =)
After a relaxing morning with VERY soar muscles from our hike the day before, we decided to have a relaxing day doing some easy caching. Near a cache, there was a boat whose name I loved.. "This Side Up". It's so punny. Hahahahaha, oh yeah.
They just can't resist!!
After a good afternoon of caching, we visited Morro Rock for one more cache and ate some tasty lunch.
It's a little weird to see a view of a cool natural rock formation and a huge plant of some sort. We were trying to figure out what it was. Dylan and David thought it was a nuclear plant and I thought it was a desalinization plant. We were both wrong, it's a water power plant.
Day 4 was really fun. I have no pictures cause all we did was hang out at the beach. When were talking, a boat came into the little cove we were in. We all thought they couldn't come in as close as they did without getting stuck.... and sure enough, they totally did. It was probably the most fascinating thing we've seen in a long time. There was a hunsband and wife and their teenaged daughter.... it's amazing how long it took us to figure that out. For a while, we thought he was trying to pick up these two girls by taking them out on his boat. Then we figured out that one woman was much older than the other and we thought that maybe the guy and her were a couple and they were trying to get a threesome with the younger girl. Haha, it was so entertaining. BTW, they were TOTALLY drunk. WAY drunk. The guy kept saying, "oh the tide will come back in in 2 hours or so." We knew differently! The coast guard came by about 2 hours after they got stuck and told them that the tide wouldn't start coming back in till 10pm! Hahahahaha oh goodness. So funny. Much later that night, Dylan, David and I had gotten really drunk and wondered if they were still there. We thought about going back, but driving was WAY out of the question and I think it was too cold for us to walk the 15 min to see if they were still there. That was a fun day =P
Day 5: Technically, day 4 was supposed to be our last day, but we enjoyed our selves so much that we decided to play hookie a little longer and spend one more day. It was really nice. Day 5, we had a nice breakfast and went to find our favorite tacky items we can't live without. The day we did some caching, we found a cache near a huge chessboard. We knew we wanted to come back and take some photos...
The King and Queen
Or... the Queen and her Pawn! Hahahaha
This is my favorite photo from the trip. It cracks me up. We had a great time that weekend!