On a whim, I woke up and drove to Avila Beach for an amazing glimpse of the migrating whales. From there, I enjoyed some retail therapy but was soon back in my car in search of new scenery. I decided to take Los Osos road... and kept driving until I found myself at Montana De Oro.
Although the afternoon fog had rolled in, I was greeted by a beautiful ray of light. With a deep breath of the cool and crisp air, I found myself relaxed for the first time in weeks. I stopped at nearly every scenic pullout, so that I could truly savor the uniqueness of this beautiful park. With its varying scenery along a narrow and winding road, it was definitely an over the river and through the woods kind of experience. Only, instead of ending up at grandmother's house, I ended up at stunning Spooner's Cove.
Thanks to one of California's largest state parks, I felt a sense of peace and spirituality that has been missing these last couple of months.
Okay, by now you know the motto of the story: There is no better way to feel grounded than to take time to nurture yourself, explore new corners of your world, and be grateful for all that surrounds you.
A view of Spooner's Cove from the bluff
Some of the golden wildflowers for which this park is named
The historic Spooner Ranch House