Hoping to avoid the high winds forecast for later in the day, we left Bishop early, it sort of worked. Luckily, with the exception of a couple of places, Tehachapi Pass being one, the wind was mostly behind us.
After an overnight stay in Bakersfield and with more high winds forecast, we set off for Paso Robles earlier than planned. Unfortunately the winds caught us part way across and the skies were dark the closer we got to Paso Robles. Luckily we were able to set up before the rain came, it felt just like being at home!
The rain cleared overnight, but high surf advisories were still in the forecast for the next couple of days. On our drives across to the coast, we saw some spectacular waves.
As we walked along the piers at San Simeon and the next day at Cayucos, we could feel the pier shake as the waves broke beneath our feet.
Breakers from the pier at San Simeon
and at the pier at Cayucos
From the pier at Cayucos, we watched the surfers.
We stopped each day at the elephant seal colony, this one seemed to be having sweet dreams.
Juveniles play fighting in the ocean.
On another trip to San Simeon we paddled along the beach
and then stopped at the San Sebastien store. Hearst Ranch beef is used for the burgers which are delicious, but absolutely huge! There’s also a tasting room for Hearst Ranch Wines.
Point Piedra Lighthouse close to the elephant seal colony.
At Port San Louis, we walked out onto the pier and watched the harbour seals, these two seemed to having some sort of disagreement.
Afterwards we spent the afternoon on the beach enjoying the sunshine and paddling in the sea. RV sites overlook the beach, I think they’re first come, first served. All the sites were full and we saw several rigs hoping to find a spot at departure time, I don’t know if they were lucky or not.
We had a great time on our return trip to the Central Coast.
Have fun, we are!