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DSCN0119Recently my husband and I and friends took our dogs walking out to Point San Simeon, just below Hearst Castle off Highway One. We’ve lived on the central coast of California nearly all our adult lives, and visited this area often, yet it’s the first time we’ve walked to the point. It won’t be our last. It was one of those breathtakingly beautiful days, and the scenery was stunning. Well worth sharing a few photos with friends.

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We took Highway 46 over to the coast, the hillsides sprinkled with wild flowers.

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Along the way we catch glimpses of the ocean . . .

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. . . including Morro Rock.

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Here’s a view of San Simeon Bay, with the pier and a peek of Hearst Castle on the hillside.

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A closer view of the Castle.

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We start our walk on the beach looking out at the point.

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Here’s where the trail begins. Looking back at the beach and pier.

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Friends on the trail.

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Back-lit pines.

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Wild flowers and fallen oaks.

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Some of the largest and most spectacular Eucalyptus trees we’ve ever seen. . .

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beautifully sculpted . . .

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and inspiring . . .

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wayward philosophers . . .

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. . . explorers . . .

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. . . and poets.

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Finally we reach the point, complete with a lone fisherman and an elephant seal sleeping in the half-shade.

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In case you missed him in the last photo.

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Dazzling shades of blue around the sea-washed rocks on the point.

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One last backward glimpse of the pier and beach as we head back to the car.

DSCN0283We take the back roads home past Hammersky Vineyard and Inn . . .

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. . . past vineyards and grazing horses . . .

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. . . past live oaks and wild flowers . . .

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. . . to reach the tree at the bottom of our driveway (you can see our roof-line at the far right edge). I never fail to feel blessed by the beauty of the landscapes where we live.

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