18 December, 2009

SLO, Lopez Lake

This morning we headed into San Luis Obispo to check out the town. We started the day fueling up at New Frontiers natural food store.

Downtown the three public parking garages make for a pleasant and pedestrian friendly experience. We walked past a great number of businesses in a few blocks.
downtown SLO

We were really looking forward to "Taste", a wine tasting store, but it was out-of-business. SLO (county) has a proven reputation as a great wine producer, and this shop featured samples of 72 local wines available for purchase.

After a few hours we drove to El Chorro Regional Park north of town. The drive up HWY 1 was further than I hoped. The camping was decent, but hardly remote. We decided to get out of town.

On the way to Lopez Lake Recreation Area, we drove SW hrough the Edna Valley.

click here for a video, Ntl. Geographic wallpaper below!

We quickly pitched camp at a nearly empty Lopez Lake. The sun was setting early as we hiked along the ridge to take in the beauty of the hills and rolling vineyards.

Tomorrow we ride Huasna Valley.
from coast to mountains
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