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Ron Gabel and Mike Baird kayak paddle the coastline for over three hours and about six miles round-trip, south of the put-in at Spooner's Cove in Montana de Oro (MdO) State Park

Ron Gabel in his yellow Ocean Kayak. Ron Gabel and Mike Baird kayak paddle the coastline for over three hours and about six miles round-trip, south of the put-in at Spooner's Cove in Montana de Oro (MdO) State Park near Los Osos, CA 18 August 2009. On the way out we passed by MdO bluff trail and the Coon Creek outlet area about a quarter-mile out due to the breaking waves (~5-7 foot swell). We then paddled to near-shore when we got past Point Buchon on PG&E property (the nuclear power plant property extending to Avila and Port San Luis, CA). We were then able to explore numerous pristine arches, caves, and jetties during predictable swells and good weather. This is isolated largely untouched clean clear water-wilderness, with many sea birds, some harbor seals, and lots of healthy floating Giant Kelp beds that often impeded making headway, but served to tame the waves. On the way back we followed the coastline all the way back to Point Buchon. We were able to paddle into a cave that then opened up into the base of a famous MdO sinkhole about 100 feet wide and 75 feet deep. I wished I had my SLR with 15mm fisheye lens to capture that scene. After exploring the numerous caves (mostly on the south side) near the Coon Creek outlet (which forms the property line between State Parks to the north, and the PG&E property to the south) we once again had to paddle a bit further out to avoid swells that were closing out. Photo or Video by Michael "Mike" L. Baird, mike [at} mikebaird d o t com, flickr.bairdphotos.com; using the little rugged Canon D10 waterproof camera (highly recommended by the way - just keep the glass lens cover clean or you will get blurry shots), shooting JPGs mostly on Canon's iContrast (fill-light enhancement) setting, minus 1/3rd stop, and using flash for close-ups. I erred on the side of publishing way too many low-quality photos of this event because I thought some people would like them for their documentation value.

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Taken on August 18, 2009