Thursday, February 10, 2011

Moonstone Beach, Cambria California

Saturday morning was a leisure time for us, since our first group wine tasting appointment was not until 11:30. We decided to take the short drive from Paso Robles to have breakfast in the quaint seaside town of Cambria. This map shows the location of Paso Robles and the coastal town of Cambria.

The morning was clear and sunny with blue skies. It's a very pleasant drive on

Hwy 46.

The scenic drive will take you through rolling hills,

farmlands and fields of vineyards.

When you get to the coast highway you will make a right turn and in just a few miles you will see signs to enter the town of Cambria.

We headed to Linns Bakery for breakfast.

They have a wonderful bakery. We had a hearty breakfast (I got my desired scone with lemon curd) and a good cup of coffee to get the morning started.

If you have time there are many pleasant little streets to wander and shop.

After breakfast we drove to the end of town and back across the highway to "Moonstone Beach". It's such a beautiful stretch of beach, pleasant and peaceful for a nice morning walk.

You'll see a few people strolling the wooden pathways that lead onto the sandy beach.

These pathways stretch for long distances and make strolling pleasant with easy access to the sand and sea.

We walked along the oceans edge searching for treasures.
You can find all kinds of pretty rocks and some moonstones can still be found.

Mike loves to collect rocks and he was busy stuffing ocean treasures in his pockets.

Be sure to make a stop at Moonstone Beach if you are ever journeying in this area.
The name “moonstone” was coined by the ancient Greeks to describe gemstones that displayed the moon's ethereal silvery light. They valued the moonstone as a talisman for lovers. To wear it was thought to arouse the most tender of passions and true love. It was also believed that wearing the stone conveyed knowledge of future events, and could guide a person in making important decisions. The Romans thought Moonstone to be formed out of moonlight as well and to be the stone of sensitivity and love. In India today, moonstone is considered to be sacred and magical. It is thought to be a "Dream Stone", bringing about sweet and beautiful dreams. In the Far East moonstone is said to balance yin and yang and promote greater flexibility and flow with life. Moonstone amulets are tied to the ancient legends of the moon goddess of Egypt, Isis, the Greek deity, Selene and the Roman goddess of the moon, Diana.


Deb R said...

What a gorgeous place Barb! Stunning and so serene. All I see out my window right now is about 6 ft of snow!

nancyhol said...

Barb, Cambria is one of my favorite places in California. I thought of moving there when my folks were still alive.

I didn't get there this trip (we went to Cayucos instead), but I always go to Moonstone Beach Bar & Grill (across from where you walked) and have their clam chowder in a bread bowl on their outside patio overlooking the ocean. Just spectacular!

barb cabot said...

Hi Nancy, I don't know Cayucos so I guess I'll have to research that area for the next time we are up there. Also the clam chowder in a bread bowl sounds wonderful on a patio with a view. I do love this special area too.

Sarah said...

What a beautiful day at the beach. Thank you for taking us along. ~ Sarah

Sandi @the WhistleStop Cafe said...

Sandy Beaches? I had to link this to my friday favorites!

razzell2 said...

These are beautiful photographs of our favorite vacation spot...our most blissful place as well.
Cambria - Moonstone Beach.

My wife and I jump on the Harley every year, usually in May, and get out of this desert we live in, go straight to Hwy 101 and ride the coast north to spend a few days here.

As our leaving day approaches, thank you for reminding me just how beautiful our destination is. I cannot wait to get on the road.

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