Arriving in Paso Robles from Carrizo Plain in the late afternoon, we checked into our hotel and found a nice place for dinner in town. Then we had just enough time left to drive up into some hills west of Paso Robles for sunset.
We picked Adelaida Road, and just like all other rural roads in the hills around Paso Robles, it’s essentially lined with wineries left and right. We need to come back here and do a winery tour with a bus! If it wasn’t for the wineries everyone, the landscape itself has a striking similarity to the rolling hills in San Diego’s back country, at least at first sight (in particular the area around Santa Ysabel, with its oak-dotted pastures).
The oaks are different however, they’re Valley Oaks here (Quercus lobata aka “Roble” – Paso Robles means “Oak Pass”), while we have Engelmann Oaks in San Diego County. Also, what looks like larger and very tall Manzanita at first is actually the Madrone. And at the bottom of the three photos below you’ll also see a stripe of chaparral, mostly consisting of Chamise! :-)
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