Friday, March 6, 2015

Rancho Punta de la Laguna


Everybody needs beauty as well as bread,
places to play in and pray in,
where nature may heal 
and give strength
to body and soul.
~John Muir

Rancho Punta de la Laguna




So my friend Tim, who I have known since high school (we even went to a prom and were roommates with two other friends, down in San Diego, in 1988!) moved from San Luis Obispo, out near Santa Maria and Orcutt. This is where I was headed on the train! (previous post)

He owns this land with his sister and about 30 cousins! There is a house on the property, that was lived in for ages by a caretaker couple, but they retired and moved off the property ... and Tim moved in. I headed up there right after New Years, to get out of the city, and see what he was up to!


Climb the Mountains
and get their good tidings.
~John Muir


Looking out toward Santa Maria and Orcutt. (I think!) There are our shadows!





In the presence of eternity,
the mountains are as transient as the clouds.
~Robert Green Ingersoll


We took a couple of beers up to the top, to enjoy the view ...


(note to self ... do not store a half open beer on lap when off roading!)


I figured we would reroute, when we came upon this big hole, (see photo below) but Tim was determined. He filled enough of the hole to get around it. (I removed myself from the vehicle beforehand, just to make sure!)


Victory!


How gorgeous is this tree? Reminds me of a Caspar David Friedrich painting. I might have to pull out the oil paints for this one!




Below, Jeep selfie.


In the canvas of life,
a flat landscape would be pretty boring.
It is the valleys and the mountains
that help us to appreciate the flatlands.
It is the dark that makes us appreciate the light
and the cold that makes us appreciate the warm.
~Anne Copeland



It was pretty cold but beautiful, that evening, and we had a delicious dinner at the famous Hitching Post, nearby. SO good. Fabulous wine, lamb and the most tender scallops I've ever eaten!



Nature always wears the 
colors of the spirit.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

To see my 2010 visit to San Luis with Tim, click here.


Happy March!
Blessings and light!

Next up, beautiful Avila Beach!

9 comments:

donna baker said...

What a beautiful day Lucinda. Love all the pics.

veredit - isabella kramer said...

HI Morning Dear,
yesterday I visit your lovely Blog, read and enjoy so much your outdoor adventures and this marvelous landscape around you and love this awesome tree, you found. But I can't comment .. So I tried it again this morning - and it works.

My warmest greetings to you over the ocean and a lovely Sunday, Lucinda.

isabella

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UIFPW08 said...

Nice reportage Lucilla
Thank for visit
Morris

Nancy Kay said...

What a great jeep ride through beautiful country! The hills are so pretty in all the surrounding colors. BTW, that washed-out hole in the road doesn't look passable! Good for you guys!

:) said...

Beautiful series. Thanks for this moment of pure beauty :)

Theresa said...

Wow, what a place!!!

Ruthie Redden said...

Glorious photos Lucinda, they lifted my heart on this dreary day over here. What spectacular scenery and wow the colours, enough to inspire any artist I should think. I too love gnarly trees and that is quite a specimen. Now I feel the need to go on an adventure too x x

Cristina said...

Bellissimo reportage, il paesaggio visto dall'alto è stupendo con le sue dolci colline! Complimenti, ciao Cri : )