Description: See the Spooner Ranch Site from the Ranch House up Islay Creek road to the Dam. From the Chumash to the Spooners. Meet at the Visitor Center, Montaņa de Oro State Park. Bring Water. (Moderate) 3 mi., 3 hrs.
The following are a few photos taken during this outing. Click the thumbnails below to enlarge.
Our excellent docent was Bill Hilton, a veritable fountain of knowledge regarding local history. Five participants thoroughly enjoyed this outing. Lorraine , who was a resident of Los Osos from the 1930's to the 1960's, provided much additional oral history and anecdotes to supplement Bill's presentation. Overlooking Spooner's Cove to the east, and the hills to the west , participants Larry , and Ken and Diane listened intently and asked many questions. We ran across these animal prints, believed to be from a coyote (If you know better what animal made these tracks, please e-mail Mike Baird - Update 24 Sept 2012, Frank Asaro says "We believe the tracks you have shown here are raccoon. Possibly possum."). The old dam marked the end of our excursion . We met many other happy singing campers on our return to the Visitor's Center .