(Partly to Dan)
Wow, you guys seem to have a nice time on the Central Coast...my old stumping grounds. Too bad I couldn't make it...I'm sure I would have enjoyed. Dan, have you gone to Montana de Oro ? It's not far from there and I've been told that it has rocky coast similar to La Joya - hope you check it out when you have a chance. Also, keep an eye on tides since there is this sizable rock (like an isle)...also in Shell Beach. Anyway, try to find out and time your visit....once in 6yrs the tide (in Spring) is so incredibly low that it allows folks to actually enter the eroded cave. I mean, opportunity galore. I still have a shot of 3 starfishes (of different color) clinging to this small rock, that was taken there. I was using 35mm Kchrome and the exposure was rather long. It became one of my happy accidents, the thin wave came in during the exposure...and the effect was similar to a watercolor. Anyway, hope to make it down there soon.