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January 12: Cambria

This morning, we left the Holiday Inn and drove north to Cambria, where we are staying the next two nights at Camp Ocean Pines.

Our highlight of the day was our very first stop at the local Santa Barbara County fire station. As soon as we arrived, we had a long list of questions for the firefighters about their profession and how they deal with nearby wildfires. Not only did they answer our questions, but we also got to meet the firefighter dog named Koda and got a tour of the station. We even learned about firetruck safety, and got to try on some of their gear!

Following this stop, on our scenic drive to the camp, we took a detour to the main strip in SLO, explored, and grabbed some lunch. The seal rookery was our final stop before we arrived at camp, and we could not get enough of the huge elephant seals along the coast. We learned that the average female elephant seal weighs around 1,600 pounds and the average male weighs 3,000 pounds!

The day ended at Camp Ocean Pines where we took in the sunset, ate some delicious dinner, played Apples to Apples and laughed so hard, and roasted s’mores on the campfire. What a great way to start our time in Cambria!

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