The Paso Robles Oaks
I have been a frequent visitor to my closest neighboring city, Paso Robles, for about twenty years now. It was named Paso Robles, which means Pass of the Oaks in Spanish, for a good reason. I can't think of anywhere I've been in Paso Robles in the urban or rural part, where there was not an oak tree within view or at least within a short walk. I'd like to show you some of these oaks I saw within a five-block area as I walked along Pine Street Monday. I was killing time while my husband was having a medical test in the building on 9th Street near Pine beside the oak you see in the first photo. Remember, you can right click to open the full size photo in a new tab.
The photo above was taken in the next block, from Pine Street. The fire engines were just leaving for some reason unknown to me, since they had no sirens or lights on. You can see a couple of oaks behind the fire station, but the most prominent is the one across the street from it.
As I headed east on Pine Street past the train station, more properly known as the Transportation Center, oaks seemed to be everywhere, on the sidewalks and in the parking lot.
The most famous oak in the parking lot I didn't photograph that day because I already had it. It sits in front of the depot in Velta Circle. Here is the photo I took of this in March.
These were across the street at the edge of a vacant lot.
This was in a maintenance yard near the railroad tracks.
This I passed on the corner of 6th and Pine on my way back.
These are just a sampling of just the oak trees I passed on my walk. There were at least twice as many I didn't photograph, and it would burden the bandwidth this page to show them all. And this is only a few blocks of the downtown area of Paso Robles near the Civic Center and two blocks from the main business street, Spring Street. Perhaps you can see why the city was named for its oaks.
Does the downtown area of your city have a lot of trees?
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