This afternoon I was feeling restless, so I decided to take a hike. I drove to Laguna Lake Park. From the park I hiked to the base of Cerro San Luis Obispo (Madonna Mountain), then went to the peak. No matter how many times I hike the peaks in and around San Luis Obispo I find myself impressed by the views.
I hiked right to the very top of Cerro San Luis Obispo. For several minutes I was the highest point on the mountain . I could look across to the neighboring Bishop Peak and see another person standing on top of the mountain (though Bishop Peak is higher at another point). It’s easy to feel small when you’re on a mountain.
From the peak I looked down on my part of town, spotting my house and some of my usual running routes. In the picture below you can see Terrace Hill on the right. It looks pretty small. This picture is taken with a 300 mm lens from the top of Cerro San Luis Obispo.
Poly Canyon and the Cal Poly campus are interesting to take in from the top of Cerro San Luis Obispo.
Far below me I could see horse riders from the Madonna Inn.
The weather has been warm in SLO, with temperature slipping into the 80s. The coast has been foggy. My view from the sky showed some very interesting fog patterns, though they did not translate to film well.
Yesterday I got to experience the fog firsthand. I went to Pismo Beach in the afternoon. It was bright and sunny, and the water of the Pacific Ocean looked so blue and green it defies description. I walked down to the beach, set up my chair, and read The Old Man and the Sea. By the time I finished the book things had changed around me. Miles of visibility and sunshine had been replaced by a thick fog and a chill that enveloped the beach. When I got back to my car I was cold. Within a mile I had driven out of the fog and the sunny and warm afternoon came back. The weather on the Central Coast continues to fascinate me.
 It feels strange to call the peaks and ridges around SLO mountains, for they’re all less than 2,000 feet tall, but I’m not sure what word is better.