Paso Robles is a diverse city of 30,000 people who like a small town atmosphere in or near an incorporated city. Some prefer to be inside the city limits with city services. Others prefer a more rural life. These two life styles are often lived very close together.
In this photo you will see the sign welcoming people taking the first freeway exit into Paso Robles from the north onto Spring Street or Niblick Road. To get to the shopping centers with Albertson's or Walmart as anchors, one turns right at the end of the ramp onto Niblick Road. To go downtown to the smaller businesses and civic center, one goes straight onto Spring Street from the light.
My Paso Robles home is in the housing tract of Riverbank which you see between the two green areas. It is right behind the Walmart center. The green area in the foreground is Larry Moore Park, our little bit of wilderness in the city by the Salinas River. From the park you can access the river or hike along the Salinas River Trail that is wild on one side and developed on the other.
If one continues east on Niblick road past the shopping centers and the high school one will reach Creston Road with yet another grocery shopping complex on one corner. But if one continues to go straight and around the curve to continue east, one will be in wine country with some small farms in a flash.
As a resident, I can walk in any neighborhood I choose with just about any kind of scenery I want by driving no more than ten or fifteen minutes from home. So I have the best of all worlds, as much as anyone can in a city.
If you keep following this blog you will soon see some fabulous scenery as we explore wine country, downtown, and some of the small farm areas. One of those areas is a short walk from my Riverbank home. In about six blocks I can be in the country watching horses, goats, sheep, and even pigs.
I took this picture on a walk over the weekend to that rural area on Oak Lane.
From where I live, only a few blocks away, you'd never know this area of small farms was there. You have to leave the tract to find it.