Category Archives: San Luis Obispo County

Pronghorn, Carrizo Plain National Monument

Pronghorn on the Carrizo Plain National Monument, March 1, 2017. “We were taught how the pioneers went into the West. They opened their eyes and made up what things could be. . . .People think there aren’t frontiers anymore. They … Continue reading

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El Saucito Ranch House, Carrizo Plain (1878)

The El Saucito Ranch house, built of redwood by Chester Rude Brumley in 1878, was occupied until the late 1960s and is the oldest still standing farm house on the Carrizo Plain. “Mr. Brumley has grown grapes, figs, pears, apples … Continue reading

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Night on Carrizo Plain, Tule Elk and Caliente Peak

Sun kissed sandstone. “A house was simply a place to sleep. The time that mattered would be spent outdoors.” -Elmer Kelton, Stand Proud (1984) We arrive at Selby Campground in the waning darkness before first light. It’s frosty and clear skied, … Continue reading

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Dragon’s Back Ridge, Carrizo Plain

Coiled barbwire on Carrizo Plain I drove out to the Carrizo Plain National Monument after a few days of intermittent rain showers. It is a semi-arid grassland of several hundred thousand acres that remains today, for the most part, as … Continue reading

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Carrizo Tom

The Carrizo Plain in the hinterlands of San Luis Obispo County, CA as seen from atop the I first drove the road 12 years ago. Over the years since then I’ve seen more pronghorn antelope than people out thataway. One … Continue reading

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