Monday, May 22, 2017

Dinosaur Caves Park - Pismo Beach

The central coast of California is one of the most beautiful coastal areas anywhere. 

Dinosaur Caves park is in the little City of Pismo Beach.

Most city parks are set up around sports and recreation. However, you won't find any baseball diamonds, tennis courts, or even a swimming pool in this one.

What you will find is an amazing coastline. Cliffs, coves, and lots of gorgeous views. The little town of Shell Beach is on the other side of the park.

 I have NO IDEA why they call it Dinosaur Caves. I didn't see any of either.



 Okay, kayaking qualifies as a sporting activity.

 Also fishing! Hope she doesn't slip. It's a long way down.

 This was a pretty cool sight

 There's that kayak again. Is it safe going through that "dinosaur cave?"

Okay, so it wasn't very thrilling at all. Pretty much all I have for this post is photos. So I had to play it up a bit. Umkay? I'll shut up now.



 Hey, I think they're following me around...










The photos really don't do this place justice. Hard to get the smell, the wind, and the sounds of the ocean in a photo. Hope you enjoyed the photos...



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58 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Some fantastic photos. I'm sure those in the kayak had a great view. The West coast has a much more interesting coastline than we do on the East coast. We're just flat, sandy beaches here.
You were really hoping for a dinosaur though, weren't you?

DEZMOND said...

Oooh, a rock just for seals and pelicans!

sage said...

That looks like an incredible place!

Tom said...

...mighty nice sights, regardless of the name!

Shammickite said...

Oh I really wish I was there too! I spent my young years living by the sea and spending most of my free time on the beach, swimming in the summer, climbing rocks, fishing etc. But the sea is far away now. Wonderful pictures of fascinating geology.

Jimmy said...

Really great photos Pat, Dinosaur Caves having neither was funny isn't it strange the way some places are named, must have made sense at one time, that was a cool shot of the cave that the kayaker went through also.

Nice post my friend.

Betsy Adams said...

Love love love it.... As much of a "mountain" person I am ---I also love the beach ... (See my blog post today!!!! ha)..... BUT--I've never seen the gorgeous CA beaches. Awesome park and area.. Thanks for sharing.

Hugs,
Betsy

Brian said...

That place looks totally amazing Pat!

Al said...

I love that part of the country, and I still have a bunch of photos to post from when I visited family in SLO over Christmas. But they're moving away so I'll probably not get the chance to see that beautiful area again. You'll have to keep me updated with the latest shots!

Ron said...

"The photos really don't do this place justice."

Pat, I think your photos do this place MUCH justice because I was in AWE as I strolled through these stunning images of Pismo Beach. OMG...what a gorgeous location! I love any place surrounded by water; especially when it's set above rugged cliffs. There is a place on Long Island, New York called, Montauk Point, which looks very similar to Pismo Beach because of the cliffs.

Love the photographs of the seals sunbathing on the rocks.

Wonderful post, Pat! Thank you for sharing.

Powdered Toast Man said...

What do dinosaurs even smell like? I'm thinking kinda aspauagussy.

Anonymous said...

Been a number of years since seeing that part of Cali.
It is indeed a beautiful place.
Mookie

Should Fish More said...

I used to stop there, and occasionally spend weekends, back in the 90's. Nice area, great pics.
Take care, pal.
Mike

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

I love the Pacific Ocean .... I miss the Pacific Ocean. It's thrilling to me just to see it!

William Kendall said...

Beautiful shots! It looks like a wonderful place to explore.

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Such a pretty area along the Pacific coast. The rocks look a little bit like dinosaurs out in that bright blue water.

Pat Tillett said...

Alex J. Cavanaugh - Thanks Alex! A dinosaur, or maybe even dinosaur DNA in amber, so I could create my own!

DEZMOND - There was a sign on it that said, "Reserved For Seals and Pelicans Only."

sage - It was pretty cool, and a complete surprise. It's pretty close to the "Spiral Staircase to Nowhere." If you remember that post...

Tom - I agree Tom! There is no reason for it to have that name, bit it's still very nice.

Shammickite - Thanks so much! According to my dermatologist, I spent too much time on, or near the beach (and I'm paying for it now).

Pat Tillett said...

Jimmy - Thanks Jimmy! Lots to take pics of there. We have a kayak, so maybe someday we'll wrestle onto the top of our RV and try that spot out.

Betsy Adams - Thanks Betsy! Insert "desert" instead of mountain, and I could say the same. I do love the coast and the mountains also. The three west coast states have about have about 1400 miles of coastline, of which about 1000 is amazing...

Brian - Thanks Brian! It is!

Al - It's an easy place to fall in love with. I'll do my best to keep 'em coming.

Pat Tillett said...

Ron - Thanks so much for the nice words Ron. The town of Pismo Beach is pretty cool also. A classic California beach town.

Powdered Coast Man - You may be right! Maybe I'll try a smoothie next time.

Anonymous - Indeed it is. We try to make it up there at least once a year. Thanks for the comment Mookie!

Sallie (FullTIme-Life) - I can be at the beach in 5 minutes, yet I rarely go there anymore, it's all about the desert.

William Kendall - Thanks William! It really is.

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti - Wow! I never thought about that. You just might be right. The rocks!

Should Fish More - Thanks Mike! I LOVE that stretch coast there. In addition to the scenery, there are some cool little towns.

VEG said...

There's nothing like some California coast! So pretty and blue and rugged... Love the photos as always!

Tell me you rode a dune buggy while there! :)

robin andrea said...

Pismo Beach and Dinosaur Cave Park is one of our stops whenever we are traveling back and forth from Humboldt County to Ventura County. Always so beautiful there. A wonderful place for our picnic lunch. Truly fantastic photos, Pat.

Pat Tillett said...

VEG - Thanks so much! You have some amazing coastline yourself. I didn't ride in a dune buggy this time, but I have in the past.

robin andrea - I've been up there many times, and this is the first time I checked it out. Thanks Robin!

Liz said...

What an interesting place, Patrick! I love the Californian coast, but I haven't been to this spot! I don't think photos ever do coastlines justice, There is something special about the sea breeze in your hair, the smell of the salty air and the sound of crashing waves... sigh!

Pat Tillett said...

Liz - The sea breeze, the smell, and the crashing waves. You hit it right on the head Liz!

eileeninmd said...

Hello, I love the rocky coastline of California. It is a beautiful place , lovely views. The houses look a little too close. I like the rock with the seals and cormorant. The kayaking looks like fun! Great photos. Enjoy your day and happy Memorial Day weekend!

Pat Tillett said...

eileeninmd - Thanks Eileen! Oh yeah, when there is a view like that, the lots are skinny, and expensive! The houses in that area average about 1.5 million. Too rich for my blood. Have a nice weekend yourself...

Spare Parts and Pics said...

I love the central CA coast. I have really fond memories of camping with the kids at Pismo, and being able to drive right down on the beach. However, I totally missed this park and the Shell Beach area. Next time...

Pat Tillett said...

Spare Parts and Pics - We also used to camp there. These days, we go to Oceano (just south of Grover Beach, which is just south of Pismo). Have a nice weekend Pete...

Karen Jones Gowen said...

We lived near there for a few years. Seeing these pictures makes me miss California.

Lady Fi said...

Wonderful rock formations!

Rajesh said...

Very beautiful cave park and beach.

Pat Tillett said...

Karen Jones Gowen - I would miss it also. People who come here, but only see Los Angeles, or San Francisco, have no idea how huge and beautiful it is.

Lady Fi - I agree Fiona. Nature is quite the artist.

Rajesh - Yes it is. A great surprise.

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Not too hard to imagine the sounds and smells of the sea when you live as close to the sea as I do Pat ☺ Beautiful images here, very different to your visits to the desert areas ☺

Anthony J. Langford said...

Gorgeous photography mate. Looks like a nice place.
To be honest, it was a welcoming change. Not as interesting as your other posts of course, but it's refreshing to see something different.

Cheers Patty.

:)

bill burke said...

Wonderful photos of the beautiful park. It would be a great place to spend some time and explore. I think its fantastic that there are not any sports or recreation places nearby. The beauty is stunning.

Pat Tillett said...

PerthDailyPhoto - Same here Grace! I love living close to the ocean. You are right, it couldn't be anymore different than the desert.

Anthony J. Langford - Thanks Anthony! Going to places like this is what keeps my wife going to the desert with me.

bill burke - Thanks Bill! It is very interesting. I agree about the sports, it wouldn't really fit here and would kind of ruin the feel of it all.

Rawknrobyn.blogspot.com said...

I've driven by many times but never stopped. Thank you for the sharp, vivid, gorgeous photos, Pat. It makes me want to take the time when I'm in the area.

Pat Tillett said...

Rawknrobyn - Hi Robyn! Yep, the same with me. I don't know why I never stopped before. It was worth it.

Bob Bushell said...

Beautiful seascape Pat.

Bee Bee said...

You don't realize how large these cliffs and rocks are until you see that tiny kayak. Beautiful photos. The narrator had a good sense of humor too lol.

Pat Tillett said...

Bob Bushell - Thanks Bob! It's a great area.

Bee Bee - Thanks so much for the nice words! I really appreciate it.

NatureFootstep said...

a wonderful place to visit but I would never ever get a house there.

Pat Tillett said...

NatureFootstep - I probably wouldn't live there either, but I wish I could afford to...

bettyl-NZ said...

I love this coastline! It is so unique and interesting.

Stewart M said...

What a great looking place - I assume that the real estate values match the views!

I did wonder if the 'arrow looking thing' on my last blog was male.

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

Sharon Wagner said...

You have a new camera perspective today. The ocean! The seals are sure having a nice nap. Yes, the sound of the ocean is my favorite sound. What a coast line.

Jeanna said...

Maybe the caves are shaped like dinos? One looks like a dinosaur skull a bit. I think kayaking through them would be grand. Great photos, makes you want to be there.

jeannettestgermain said...

Thank you much Patrick for these awesome coast line views for All Seasons -I's thrilling enough for me - while living in Southern Cal, one is so surrounded with it, that you don't give it another thought ... until you move away, like I! Have a great week and thanks for the pleasant memories!

Pat Tillett said...

Betty-NZ - I agree! California has about 900 miles of it. Not all like this, but most of it is pretty amazing.

Stewart M - Yep! the term "million dollar view" is very true there. When I wrote that about the petroglyph, I was pretty sure that you had already figured it out.

Sharon Wagner - Low and behold! I love the ocean, but seem to spend a lot more time in the desert. I have to do some coastal and/or mountain trips occasionally to keep my wife happy, and willing to go to the desert with me.

Jeanna - I think you might be right. We have a kayak but didn't have it with us. I would like to use it in that area sometime. Thanks for the comment. I'll be checking your blog out asap.

jeannettestgermain - You are most welcome! I know what you mean about not giving it another thought. Both South Laguna Beach and Dana Point are just a couple of minutes from my house. I love them both, but don't have to see them everyday. I like just knowing that they are there.

James said...

Great photos of an extremely beautiful place! I'd love to be there right now.

M Pax said...

What a beautiful place! I'd love to visit. Were there any dinos?

Pat Tillett said...

James - Thanks James! Me too...

M Pax - Beautiful it is! I believe there was only one dinosaur there. Me!

visualnorway said...

A beautiful coastline and very different from the one I'm used to see. Reminds me a bit of the south-eastern part of Australia.

Pat Tillett said...

visualnorway - It was a beautiful coastline. I would love to go to the SE part of Australia. Maybe someday...

PerthDailyPhoto said...

That's a pretty spectacular coastline, beautifully shown here Pat.

Pat Tillett said...

PerthDailyPhoto - Thanks Grace! It is a gorgeous area.

ANITA said...

Beautiful :))))

Pat Tillett said...

Anita - Beautiful for sure! Thanks Anita.