I love this town. Oprah Winfrey has called it America’s Happiest City.
Following are some pics I’ve taken on various hikes in the hills surrounding SLO, as locals call it. If you look in the distance you can see the ocean in some of them. The mountains are ancient volcanos called The Morros. Most were taken with my phone, thus the lack of great clarity. Sorry. Anyway, click to enlarge.
By chance San Luis County is also the eponymous location, or “type locality” for fossils found around the world that are from the specific time period that my story Opalescence is based in, hence the name, the “Luisian Stage” (circa 15,000,000 years ago). The Luisian is a substage of the Barstovian North American Land Mammal Age, or NALMA, (which itself is a stage within the larger Miocene epoch), that magical time when biodiversity on earth reached a wonderful peak.
From Middle Miocene Foraminifera and Stratigraphic Relations in the Adelaida Quadrangle San Luis Obispo County California.