We began our new year with an adventure connecting us to the past. Joy and Rocko got to see their grandparents and Chumash cave art from at least 500 years ago.
After a narrow twisty road trip into the mountains, we parked at the side of the road next to the Chumash Painted Cave State Historic Park interpretive sign. Then we walked about a hundred feet up some mossy rocks to the gate-protected cave art.
Joy didn't quite understand what was going on. Rocko felt very connected to the ancestors. It was really neat as he wrapped his mind around people living here long before we did.
After looking at the art, we spent a little bit of time collecting acorns by the road and Rocko examined the creek below.
We enjoyed the ocean views on the drive down.
It's not a long trip, so we followed it up with lunch at Cachuma Lake, which gives you free entry if you validate your pass at the restaurant.
Here we also collected acorns from a Valley Oak.
Then the kids napped on the drive home to SLO county. It was a great start to 2022!
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