summer adventure 2017

This summer, we drove west to Morro Bay on the California coast for a few days. I have been to various parts of California before (both north and south of where we went), but pretty much everything we saw this trip west of Kingman, AZ was new to me. I’m kind of a homebody, but I do like to travel sometimes and see more of God’s creation. I love seeing and experiencing beautiful nature.

We mostly spent time at various beaches and ate good seafood. The weather was very comfortable. It was a nice break from the summer heat and thunderstorms that make enjoying the outdoors in Arizona difficult this time of year. We didn’t go into many shops (which was fine by me!). I did get a few strands of beads at the local bead store, which had some exceptional quality stone beads in stock, and we brought some fish home from a top notch seafood market. We walked along the waterfront and down on docks to look at fishing boats in Morro Bay, watched waves from the pier in Cayucos, enjoyed beachcombing, wading in the water, feeling the refreshing air, and just watching and listening to the waves break and the water rush in. My favorite spot was Spooner’s Cove (shown above), south of Morro Bay in Montana de Oro State Park, which we went to twice.

This was the first time in five years that I had been to the ocean, after spending most of my life near it, so I was excited to go. While at the ocean, I realized that I have grown to also appreciate the calm, steadfast quality of large rocks and tall pine trees that are near where I live now, but the power and beauty of the ocean will always be with me. I’m looking forward to my next chance to visit!

 

Spooner’s Cove in Montana de Oro State Park, CA

 

Spooner’s Cove in Montana de Oro State Park, CA

 

Moonstone Beach near Cambria, CA

 

Sunset at Morro Bay, CA (a few steps from where we ate seafood dinner outside, doesn’t get much better than that!)

 

Me and my boys seeing what is in the water at low tide in Morro Bay (and taking photos of course!)

 

Want to get a sneak peek at new beads in the studio, and new pieces in the shop? Follow me on Instagram: GraniteMountainGems (a few times a week I share new jewelry in the shop, new beads in the studio, and nature photos.)

For more information about these places, visit their web sites: Morro Bay – Montana de Oro State Park

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