Photo selection for the week of August 1-7, 2014
Other than the plastic or fiberglass dinosaur replicas and eggs in the play area, you're not likely to find any prehistoric saurian bones or artifacts at this lovely coast side park.
The name "Dinosaur Caves" is a holdover from the 1940's when an entrepreneur had a lapidary shop here and provided tours down into the sea caves. He began building a ferrocement replica of a brontosaurus intent on luring motorists off Highway 101 until the neighbors raised a ruckus about it.
Fast forward through attempts to develop the property to today where it ably fulfills its purpose of a beautiful seaside park.
Location: Shell Beach section of Pismo Beach at the corner of Price Street and Cliff Avenue. Approximately 1 mile north of downtown Pismo.
GPS Coordinates: 35.154767, -120.665966
Organization: City of Pismo Beach (official park page)
Size: 11 acres
Facilities: Play area; picnic tables; grassy area; walking paths; benches at bluffs edge; rest rooms
Accessibility: Accessible parking, rest rooms and picnic tables
Dogs?: Allowed on leash
Parking: Dedicated lot and more spaces along Cliff Avenue
Now for the real treat! - a video of a flyover the park and the ocean allowing you to view into the sea caves below the park.
The original caves that were promoted way back when collapsed in the 1970's, but there are still many caves that are accessible only by kayak (in person) or by a UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) video.
When the advert shows up, you can just click the "X" at the right corner to minimize it.
Our thanks to RoadTripFPV for permission to post this video. He is an expert flyer and the video is unedited. Great work. More great videos on his YouTube channel here.
This large sea stack has caves carved out by the wave action and is popular with kayakers. In fact you can see a lime green kayak about 25 seconds into the video above which will give you a sense of the size of this formation.
Recently this and all other offshore rocks and islets were designated as the California Coastal National Monument. There are over 20,000 rocks, and other formations along the 1,100 mile California coastline.