by Kaitlyn Raymundo
Typical spring break? Definitely not. My friends and I decided to depart from the normal tropical vibes and head north 4 hours to the beautiful Montana de Oro State Park in the San Luis Obispo area. We were only away for 48 hours but it was refreshing to unplug and hang out in nature for just a little while. Check out our YouTube video for full coverage and scroll down for more photos and detailed descriptions!
So we woke up bright and early-- at around 5am-- to begin our adventure. We being myself (Kaitlyn) and my friends Ryann and Jaryn. All of us are independent young ladies but with little camping experience so we were excited to get out of our comfort zones a bit, grab a borrowed tent and supplies and test our limits. For our cheap, alternative spring break, the camping spot only set us back $30 (split between three) and our only other expenses were food, water, and gas. We opted to grab one meal on the road and pack cold meals/snacks in a cooler for our other needs.
With these gals, the car ride was easy. Sang some tunes (see video), talked and caught up, and most importantly, made some cool stops! Ryann volunteered to drive (bless her soul) and was great about gauging where to stop. Our first was in Sherman Oaks at a little restaurant called Crave for some savory omelets. This is actually when we found out about the storm warning in the SLO area and realized we might have an interesting trip haha, just our luck. But hey, adventure right?
Then off we went to Santa Barbara. This is where we walked a bit, took photos, and stocked up on food for our trip. We would be back to eat here on the way home! Finally, after a beautiful drive both up the coast and through gorgeous greenery, we made it to SLO. We stopped for coffee at an adorable coffee shop called Nautical, apparently very popular with the local students. And up to the site we went!
Now this is where it got interesting. We got lost 4, count them 4, times trying to find our campsite. First we admired the beautiful cove but were then stumped trying to find the headquarters to check in. I wish we would have caught this on tape--- all three of us wandering down the path on foot. The other three, luckily, are in our video. First we drove south rather than north. Rookie mistake I guess. Missed the turn, made a U turn and finally found the parking spot. Then, carrying all of our camping gear, accidentally took a wrong turn and hiked halfway up a large hill before realizing we were very very wrong. Fast forward 20 minutes and we finally found our campsite.
It was cute, complete with nice logs for sitting, a picnic table, a food vault and a “toilet vault”. 13 minutes to setting up the tent, very cool very empowering and definitely not as hard as people say. With all of our stuff secured we went to explore!
First trail was the Dunes Trail. This quite literally was a huge sand dune that ultimately ended facing the ocean. The view was gorgeous and the sand was fun to play with. Jaryn tried sledding down the hill on her backpack… I’ll just let the video clips speak for themselves on that one. Climbing up was a whole other battle but so worth it.
Then we grabbed food and picnicked! Took Bluff Trail all the way to the cliffs and sat to watch the sunset, which was nonexistent by the way but still very serene. Finally, 7 struck the clock and we turned our tent into bougie game night. Sequence, brie cheese, salami, crackers, and a few drinks! Flashlit and a perfect way to wind down. We were so tired and it got so dark that by 9:30pm, we were fast asleep…
But awake for sunrise! Which was again nonexistent. But we got up and got ready aka splashed water on our faces and headed for two more hikes before packing up to go home. First to the coast. Unfortunately I don’t remember what the trail name was but it took us to these gorgeous rock formations… I’ll let the photos speak for themselves. We spent quite a lot of time exploring here. Doing acroyoga too!
And finally, right near our campsite were the Irish Hills. Serene and green! We pretty much just absorbed this one so there’s little footage of it but man was it a great way to end the trip.
Packed up and ready to go, we were out by noon to avoid LA traffic. Jaryn started to feel sick so it was probably for the best. Overall, every stumble made the trip more fun! Thanks to these ladies for being such wonderful companions. We will be back for a longer stay for sure. 10/10 would recommend!