Ralph Waldo Emerson once wrote that the earth laughs in flowers.
San Luis Obispo County is currently grinning from land to sea, with splashes of wildflowers springing up everywhere. Over the weekend I went in search of these sprightly blossoms along the Boucher Trail.
Located on Highway One, just a few miles north of San Simeon near the Elephant Seal Rookery, this coastal trail winds along the bluffs near the highway, leading to the Piedras Blancas Light Station.
Along this 3-mile out-and-back hike, wispy grasses blanket the landscape, the ocean laps against the rugged coastline, and the Northern Elephant Seals take refuge in the protected coves. During this exceptional time of year, wildflowers begin their golden ascent.
With SLO County's recent warm winter weather, now is the perfect time to get out for some fresh air, explore the California Central Coast, and enjoy a few splashes of color.
Guaranteed to make you smile!
|Boucher Trail's entrance is located directly on Highway One, about four miles past the entrance to Hearst Castle. |
Park in the northernmost lot of the Elephant Seal Rookery and look for this sign at the trail's entrance.
The hike is mostly flat, well marked, and easy to follow.
On a clear day, it's easy to spot the Piedras Blancas Light Station.
The lighthouse dates back to the late 1800s and guided tours allow access on certain days.
This time of year, cheerful pops of color adorn the coastal slopes.
The Santa Lucia Mountains loom in the distance, and friendly critters like this white crowned sparrow live in this pristine habitat.
Throughout the year, thousands of elephant seals breed, birth, molt, and rest along these protected California Central Coast shores.
Wildflowers and waves: The planet is laughing out loud!