This set is from March 1996 during an El Niño year. Thus the lush green
hills. Southern Monterey County can get quite hot, so in a drought year, the
hills aren't very green for very long at all.
In a rainy year, they can pass for a landscape out of Ireland. I used to see this area on a map and wondered what on earth it looked like. I had no idea how many hills and mountains were between US101 and 1 in southern Monterey County. Though not in this set, Jolon has a dramatic view of the mountains and hills to the west. It looks almost like a town in Wyoming.
The foothills west of US101 with the mountains in the Los Padres National Forest behind them. North of here, there is one BLM tract of land called William's Hill.
This is the face of the dam. This is the intersection of Nacimiento Lake Dr (G19) and Vista Rd.
Headed west, looking towards the National Forest. Beyond these mountains
is Highway 1.
G14 is a very steep road around the lake.
Note the wild mustard, which is ubiquitous in Central California during February and March during and El Niño year.
G19 and G14
near Lake San Antonio
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