Colin Schindler
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We decided to go check out the Hearst Castle. I guess this was one of William Hearst's half a dozen estates scattered throughout the world. His biggest being his 1.5 million acres in Mexico not to mention another castle somewhere in Europe. It did not disappoint as we watched a heard of zebras running about the foothills on our bus ride up to the castle. Well done Mr. Hearst.

Hearst Castle Entrance

Hearst Castle Entrance

Pool statue at the castle.

Pool statue at the castle.

Michelle and I at the front door.

Michelle and I at the front door.

The castle's ocean view.

The castle's ocean view.

Sam & Meesh

Sam & Meesh

Beau & Josie

Beau & Josie

L to R: Drew, Beau, Josie & Sam

L to R: Drew, Beau, Josie & Sam

After the castle it was time to shoot guns. Beau has an impressive collection of weapons as well as a clay pigeon launcher in his backyard. We reminisced about the world before cell phones and all-encompassing technology. Even though my education was in technology I've always felt conflicted about using it, going for years without a phone despite irritating all of my friends and family. The world without it seems much simpler and easier to appreciate. Beau hates the internet and it's a blast to hear him talk about it.



Clay shooting in Beau's backyard.

Clay shooting in Beau's backyard.

Dove decoys enjoying the sunset.

Dove decoys enjoying the sunset.

The girls swinging.

The girls swinging.

Sunday morning was golf time. Michelle and Sam had a show in the afternoon so we just went to the six hole course and did two laps. I've played twice now on this trip and am starting to get a hankering for golf again. But it is such an expensive game...

Proper form.

Proper form.

Golf Swing

Beau driving the ball.



On Monday, Michelle and I thought it was time to give Beau and Sam a break from us so we went down to explore Montana de Oro State Park and Morro Bay. Valencia Peak looked like a decent hike offering a an amazing view of the area from the top.

Starting the hike to Valencia Peak.

Starting the hike to Valencia Peak.

Valencia Peak in back.

Valencia Peak in back.

Final ridge before the peak.

Final ridge before the peak.

The trail with Morro Bay in the distance.

The trail with Morro Bay in the distance.

1347 feet

1347 feet

The view from the top.

The view from the top.

The Sprinter in Montaña de Oro State Park.

The Sprinter in Montaña de Oro State Park.

Something's up.

Something's up.

Sunset stroll.

Sunset stroll.

On Tuesday I set my sights on hiking the entire Morro Bay beach to get a view of the harbor from the far side. It got a bit long with all the trudging through sand and all but watching the wild ocean waves would bring me back into the moment pretty quickly.

Start of the beach hike to Morro Bay.

Start of the beach hike to Morro Bay.

Ocean fishing.

Ocean fishing.

The Ocean with Morro Rock in the Distance.

The ocean with Morro Rock in the distance.

Birds along the beach to Morro Rock.

Birds along the beach to Morro Rock.

Morro Rock and Morro Bay power plant.

Morro Rock and Morro Bay power plant.

Maybe I shouldn't go out any further.

Maybe I shouldn't go out any further.

Flowers along the beach.

Flowers along the beach.

We spent the night in a side street in Morro Bay. The evening we watched the sunset as Sea Otters cracked shells with rocks on their bellies. I decided not to take my camera and to just enjoy it, sorry that one is a ghost cat, just for me.

We rode our bikes around Morro Bay's streets in the morning while we waited for Sam to get ready for the beach. She told us she'd meet us at San Simeon beach in the afternoon. Her sis-in-law, Hilary, came along and we got to know her a little. When the beach got boring Michelle and I walked over and explored San Simeon Point.

Bike ride through Morro Bay.

Bike ride through Morro Bay.

Bike ride through Morro Bay.

Bike ride through Morro Bay.

The Avalon.

The Avalon.

Power plant stacks.

Power plant stacks.

The ocean slamming the rocks.

The ocean slamming the rocks.

Sea otters napping in the bay.

Sea otters napping in the bay.

San Simeon Beach

San Simeon Beach

Michelle on San Simeon Point.

Michelle on San Simeon Point.

Ocean girl.

Ocean girl.

Michelle in the forest.

Michelle in the forest.

San Simeon Point

San Simeon Point

Trails along the cliffs.

Trails along the cliffs.