Natalie has come up with the brilliant idea of A Walk About Town, a weekly feature hosted at Coffee and a Book Chick. Anyone can participate…just write about a spot in your town, or a spot you’ve visited.
I’ve been trying to entice myself into walking more by going on different hikes to areas of the county that I’ve never seen. Which means I’m cheating a bit, and doing A Walk About the County. Today I’m going to share with you part of our local state university.
Poly Canyon is well-known to both students at Cal Poly and locals of San Luis Obispo (the city that Cal Poly sits on the outskirts of). It’s a popular hiking/mountain biking/running trail. Despite the fact that I spent 6 years attending Cal Poly, I hiked the Canyon once (which says something about me and exercise). And that one time I still managed to miss the Design Village. So last weekend I set off with James Dean (my trusty new camera…he’s a Canon Rebel). And even though there was a big sign posted on the gate warning people about MOUNTAIN LIONS (eep), I forged ahead. I figure if anyone had really been eaten, it would’ve been on the news.
Cal Poly is very well known for its Schools of Architecture and Engineering. Back in the ’70s, a contest was started for students to design structures and live in them for a weekend (all material have to be carried in). The Design Village is about a mile up Poly Canyon and is the site of the contest, which still happens every year. There are also a few permanent installations, and they’re fun to explore.
And then a wacky cactus-like sculpture:
And the cool geodesic dome, that looks like it was made of Tinker Toys:
And then the Underground House, which is no longer underground because of water issues, but looks like something that Hobbits built:
It’s also inhabited by aliens:
Then more concrete thingies:
And the Greenhouse, which is having some sign issues:
And the Shell House, which didn’t get explored because all I could hear was the zzzzzzzzzzzzz’ing of bees:
And no, I never saw a mountain lion. But there was this guy. He and his buddies provided a constant chatter of moos as I was traipsing around the hill.