A visit to Montano de Oro

At the rocks at Spooner's Cove

At the rocks at Spooner's Cove

We love the area from Santa Barbara to Paso Robles.  The world changes here and life takes a step back.  Even in this Eden, there are areas that sparkle even more.  Montano del Oro is one of those areas.  Nestled to the south of Morro Bay, along the coast, this used to be a large ranch  that ultimately became a state park.   The park’s name, “Mountain of Gold,” comes from the golden wildflowers that bloom in spring.  At 8000 acres, it has many things to see.  There are hiking trails, camping, beaches and Spooner’s Cove across from the ranch house.  There was a dock here during the ranch days used to tranfer the produce and stock.  The old ranch house has been converted to a museum and the docents can help explain life in those days. 

The website has a wealth of information http://www.slostateparks.com/montana_de_oro/default.asp . Take lunch and enjoy the varied sights. Much of park is along the coast and offers breath taking views of the rugged coast. Being just south of Morro Bay, the spectacular views of Morro Rock are inspiring and unique. Even the drive to the park entrance is surprising as the road it winds through a residential area with views of the bay to the north. Take the trip and imagine the past!

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A Day in the past with a Terra Cotta Soldier

He is taller than I expected

He is taller than I expected

On Saturday, we attended the Terra Cotta Soldier exhibit at the Bowers Museum in Santa Ana. The whole visit takes about 1.5 hours and is worth every penny. This is the largest collection of these soldiers ever shown outside of China and it is excellent. Not only is there a good variety of soldiers but there is also time taken to understand the history, how the emperor came into power, the way he ruled and how the memorial was made. It is well done and deserves the reputation as the 8th wonder of the world. They have still not recovered even a third of the soldiers and have yet to enter the tomb. The technology used around 200 BC rewrites history. Chromed weapons, chariots and building techniques for earthquake country. Well worth the effort. Do your homework before going to get most out of the visit. It is only here until October 16th so don’t wait. The lines will only get longer!