Wednesday is Lighthouse Trolley day in Avila Beach on the southern California coast. It leaves from the parking lot near the Hartford Pier, for a 1-hour tour that includes a trolley ride and docent-guided tour of the lighthouse at Point San Luis.
So we paddled! Avila Beach watersports is nothing more than a truckful of kayaks and life jackets on the California coast, and with the outfitter’s last word of warning, “If the winds start to pull you out, hold onto some kelp and I’ll come rescue you”, we rented a double for $20/hour and were off.
PADDLING THIS SECTION OF CALIFORNIA COAST
Paddling under the pier and along the low-tide shore, we passed bunches of orange and purple starfish clinging to the exposed rocks. A harbor seal seemed less curious about us than we were about him as he sunned in a small cove, and upheaved rocky islets served as nesting grounds for pelicans and herons.
A 30-minute paddle got us to the final beach before the breakwater, where we beached our sit-upon kayak and set out on foot for the short uphill trek to Point San Luis light station.
HISTORY OF THIS SECTION OF CALIFORNIA COAST
This charming home-style station was built in 1890 to house the lighthouse keeper and its history, and that of San Luis Bay and this California coastline, is a story of disaster and rescue, drama and peace, and an undying quest for protection of explorers, shippers, and travelers.
Over the decades, compressed air replaced steam; electricity replaced kerosene. Alas, the lighthouse was closed by the Coast Guard in 1974, and today it is run by the Port San Luis Harbor District as a recreational and historical site.
KAYAK THIS PIECE OF CALIFORNIA COAST
|I was lucky to have my sis Lyn as an intrepid travel companion for the California coast|