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Entries in Morro Bay/Central Coast (9)
By Judy M. Zimmerman (first published in Sacramento's Rancho Cordova Grapevine)
As we hiked through the secluded rugged cliffs and hills of golden wild flowers , suddenly a spectacular California condor soared above us, riding the thermals higher and higher, eventually sailing off to the east high over the ridge.
By enlarging their photographs, two local biologists who also spotted the condor identified it as No. 538, a female hatched three years ago. She was given the name of Miracle because she was the first completely wild chick to fledge in Big Sur without management intervention.
“It may be the first sighting of the endangered bird flying above the coast between Montano de Oro and Diablo Canyon since the 1970’s,” said PG&E biologist Sally Krenn.
Text and image by Lara Kirkner
SOMETIMES, SOLO ADVENTURES ARE THE BEST. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy camaraderie and companionship, but there’s something about the thrill that accompanies sneaking away from the crowd for an experience that’s all your own.
text and photos by Barbara L. Steinberg
INHALE. WATCH THE SUN SET behind Morro Rock, bark at sea lions, call to a night heron, and walk in silence beside a forest of pygmy oaks. At every turn, open spaces and environmentally sensitive biomes of extraordinary splendor await. Miles and miles of nature preserves, state parks, state beaches, and magical places with names like The Elfin Forest elevate Morro Bay’s allure.
by Monica Prelle
On a recent road-trip to the Central Coast, Blueberry, our lick-happy, bird-chasing, 10-year-old pooch, not only found surf and sand, but she also found thorns, ticks and a new best dog friend, Holden.