The Royal Road travel blog

Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa

4/19 – I woke to doves tap dancing on my roof. The birds on this trip, falling as it does during breeding season, have been crazy vociferous and critters everywhere are running around with mouths full of nest makings. I learned more about all those critters at the best nature museum I’ve ever seen, very hands-on and up-to-date, at Morro Bay State Park. Bring your kids here! It was a great way to start day 3 of my trip. I decided this is a nature and history trip exclusively rather than a shopping and dining experience because it’s not easy towing and parking Quo Vadis in crowded tourist meccas. More driving down the Royal Road to San Luis Obispo where I saw some of Mission #3; the church is still in use and mass was in session, so I took a peek at the attached museum and gardens and then strolled the college student-saturated streets of the town feeling old, fat and frumpy. I was happy to escape on down the road to Avila Beach where I made my day with a bouquet of sweet peas and fresh blueberries at the Avila Valley Barn, a petting farm/farmers’ market/pick-it-yourself farm. Bring the kids here too! Finally I achieved my southernmost destination and am camping Santa Barbara-style overlooking the Pacific, trying to decide if I want to use the heated pool or have a massage at the spa here. Oh yeah, this is a nature/history trip…

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