May 26, 2009

Vacation, Day 13 - Santa Maria to Morro Bay

Had a little continental breakfast, packed up the car and left Santa Maria headed for Guadalupe. Beau found a paragraph in the Coast Highway Book book the largest sanddunes in the US in Guadalupe. Since it wasn't too far out of the way, we had to visit. Well, those are some really big sand dunes. Some of the dunes are upwards of 80 feet tall and the go along the coast line for miles. The book indicated they had filmed part of Ten Commandments here, and instead of dismantling the movie set, they just covered it over in sand. (I know, doesn't sound to believeable to me either). The mast majority of the dunes are roped off to keep us folks out of them. Their appears to be some type of bird ground dweller nesting in the dunes. It was something to see. Plus we spent a good hour or so walking the beach, collecting some interesting thin rocks (to drill holes into) and watching the 1/2 dozen surfers out practicing their skills. On the way out, we came across an authentic mexican bakery, where I picked up an assortment of cookies and pastries to lunch on over the next couple of days.

We had a picnic in a little roadside park in Bismo beach and headed for San Luis Obispo. We thought we'd find something similar here to San Juan Capistrano, but were wrong. San Luis Obispo is a working catholic church on beautiful grounds. Our little book indicated their was something called Gumball Alley here. That an alley between two stores where over the last (not sure how many, but alot), folks have been sticking the ABC gum on the walls. Apparently it's built up, creating displays and sculptures all of their own. Each person we asked gave us slightly different directions (although everyone knew what we were talking about), on where it was. After a book purchase and some coffee, we gave up and headed on to the next stop. I'm sure this is something we'll regret ....

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