Sandspit Beach, Montana de Oro State Park
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November 25th, 2007 – by: dansgirl1978
Today we decided to head to Montaña De Oro State Park for our walk. While driving over there it was still up in the air as to which trail we would pick. Montaña De Oro has many trails to offer, many of them uphill ending in summits that overlook the gorgeous coastline. There is also a bluff trail like the one at Fiscalini Ranch, but in the end we chose to walk the beach at Sandspit. The beach was almost deserted, except for a few other couples out for a walk. The weather was overcast and cold today but perfect for our walk, as we were bound to get hot.
About a mile into our walk we came upon a shelter someone had made of driftwood .
This particular beach is not maintained by any group so the trash is left where it is and you are asked to take everything with you. Because the rubbish is just left there you can see exactly what washes up on shore as well as what kind of trash people leave behind. People, it seems, mostly leave water bottles, beer bottles and oddly enough a plastic purple lei. The most interesting thing we saw that had washed up on the beach was a small dingy, broken and splintered. I couldn't help but wonder how it had gotten on that beach- where was the person who owned it and how did it get broken and battered, abandoned to the elements and the sea?
Two miles into our walk we spotted four turkey vultures scavenging on the beach.
Just before we decided to head back, around mile 3 1/2, we watched these small birds run -yes run!!- to the water's edge, stick their beaks in the sand and then run with the their little legs as the water came in.
The walk back was uneventful but brutal because we had to face a steep hill of sand that was fun on the way down but pure torture on the way up.
Lunch at the Hofbrau and the day was done!
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