Hiking and Blueberry Picking in Gaviota0
Pack a lunch, grab some friends and head out on a day trip to Gaviota! If you are looking for something to do outside in this gorgeous summer weather, and have hit all the beaches and parks, pack up your mini-van and head towards Gaviota!
Near Gaviota you will find Nojoqui Falls Park (just off the 101). I recently took my three girls (ages 6, 5 and 2 1/2), along with my sister-in-law and her two boys here. It’s a serene park, hidden by trees and full of nature. There is a short .6 mile trail, that even my youngest daughter could do independently. The trail ends at a small pond with a beautiful (although small) waterfall to play in. The girls had a wonderful time looking for tadpoles and throwing rocks! Leaving the park we even saw a mommy dear and her doe. It was great to be outside, exercise and experience nature together.
After leaving Nojoqui, we stopped at the Restoration Oaks Ranch Blueberry Farm. For $15 you get 3 lbs of fresh organic blueberries, the only catch is YOU GET TO PICK THEM! The kids absolutely LOVED this activity. They were all determined to fill a whole pail all by themselves, but they quickly learned that farming is not easy work. It took all five kids to pick 3 lbs, of course the reward of fresh blueberries was definitely worth it!
So, if you are feeling adventurous, pack a lunch, grab some friends and enjoy a fun day trip in the Gaviota area!
[AUTHOR: Misty Sedehi]