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Two Easy Trails You Should Check Out at the Central Coast

Bob Jones Trail

I wonder if they were placing bets.  :)
They’re so vain. I bet they think this post is about them. They’re so vain. I bet they think this post is about them, about them!

This off the beaten path was for the birds, but I enjoyed it from the Bob Jones Trail in Avila Beach, CA. I’ve never seen any birds line up like this since. πŸ™‚ Avila Beach, pronounced AH-vuh-luh, has a population of approximately 1,627 at the 2010 census.

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It’s hard to believe Avila Beach is that unpopulated when you hike this trail. Not much level land area exists between the beach and the bluffs, but this trail is flat, leaving the cliffs to the side, and people flock to it, as do other creatures.

Taken with my iPhone, this coyote looked hungry.  Maybe I was just imagining it because I was hungry.  He left the water without grabbing a duck-to-go.
Taken with my iPhone, this coyote looked hungry. Maybe I was just imagining it because I was hungry. He left the water without grabbing a duck-to-go.

This was another shot from the Bob Jones Trail, which meanders three miles around a golf course in Avila Beach ( about a half mile from the beach), along San Luis Obispo Creek, past a housing community and general store and restaurant, inland to Ontario Road. which is the road that comes off the Highway 101.

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People park their cars and ride or bike the trail with and without extra small people and animals in tow. It’s usually fairly crowded so even Puppy Girl knows to stay on the right side of the center line. Bicyclists are usually courteous enough to call out, “On your left,” as they approach you.

"Woah there baby.  Wait for Mama!!!  Watch out for that killer white dog!!"
“Woah there baby. Wait for Mama!!! Watch out for that killer white dog!!”

This is the beginning of the trail at Ontario Road. You can see the parking lot across the street.

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It’s a great place for families to escape the heat of the Central Valley in the summer and the fog and cold in the winter. It was 95 degrees there last week but my advice is to always take a sweatshirt. You never know.

Shell Beach Bluff Trail

Just up the road between Pismo Beach and Avila Beach, off Ontario Road is the Shell Beach Bluff Trail with mansions on one side and the ocean on the other.

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This does not look like a trail, walkers are gently guided onto a fenced path. No one accidentally wanders into the front yards of these homes.

Travel, San Luis Obispo County, California, Shell Beach

The Shell Beach Bluff Trail trail starts at a parking lot on Indio Drive and winds down to the beach if you go off the paved path.

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It’s easy walking for both people and pets. Warning: the trail that leads on down to the beach is not so easy-going. πŸ™‚

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I had trouble keeping my camera focused on the trail. Sorry! I’m not sure what to do with that white cord. We swiveled around at the start of the downward trail and kept on the paved path back up to Indio Road again.

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If you are in the market for one of these beauties on Indio Drive, they are quite reasonably priced at about 1.6 million to start. We chose to stay in our trailer at the KOA Park on Ontario Road. πŸ™‚

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  1. Beautiful photos! My daughter is moving near San Luis Obispo. Looking forward to visiting her in the area when she gets settled πŸ™‚ I’ve never been to Avila Beach or Morrow Bay, but I have been to SLO and Pismo Beach.

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    • I agree. We were there last week. It was about 75 when we arrived in the afternoon and lovely the next day. On the third day it was 95 by the afternoon in Avila, but only 77 when we drove up to San Luis Obispo for dinner. We were surprised. Avil has a micro climate and is usually sunny when Pismo is cloudy and cold in the winter. I guess that’s not a good thing in the summer!

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    • Thank you Cee. I was inspired by one of your other challenge takers, and then I opened your email for this week, and thought, I know just the paths. Thanks again for all the work you put into hosting these challenges. πŸ™‚


    • Good question. I don’t know about you but I follow tons of blogs. If someone follows me, and I like their blog, I follow them. All of the sudden, I’m getting 500 emails every day telling me who I should read. But I forget which ones I love. So I go back and visit some of them, and don’t connect quite as well, and maybe they never come back to my blog and connect. But the ones that do – MY COMMUNITY! Soon we’re chatting back and forth, like this, and having fun. I can’t live without seeing their blog, no matter how many blogs I’m following. I see their name in other people’s comment boxes. WOW, there’s more than one person that belongs to our community of two. So I start reading their blog more, too. Pretty soon we all know that we know each other, and we talk about each other, just like you do your best friends at home. “Did you see Carol’s post about her trip? Did you go meet her?” You know the Janice thing. Right? πŸ™‚

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      • Haha, I know exactly what you mean! Thanks for explaining it! I love it when I run across one of my friends on a new (to me) blog!
        I had to stop the millions of emails! Now, most of my follows just go to my reader. But, as you say, there are some ya just can’t live without!!

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        • Exactly, and I just found one of my best friends who did a post on Janice’s blog. I’m using the blog posts she sent me as answers to my interview questions, but as you can imagine they are much longer and linked than I can use in the post. It just so happened that one of her links led to Ralph Whillier. I call him MFR (my favorite Ralph) and he calls me MVBFM, My very best friend, Marsha. How fun was that – another connection in the vast blogosphere. πŸ™‚

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    • Yes, the man and his beautiful dog posed for us. We used to raise poodles when I was a kid, so I haven’t found one yet that I can resist. πŸ™‚

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Hi, I'm Marsha Ingrao, a retired educator and wife of a retired realtor. My all-consuming hobby is blogging and it has changed my life. My friends live all over the world. In November 2020, we sold everything and retired to the mile-high desert of Prescott, AZ. We live less than five miles from the Granite Dells, four lakes, and hundreds of trails with our dog, Kalev, and two cats, Moji and Nutter Butter. Vince's sister came with us and lives close by. Every day is a new adventure.

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