Sunday, April 3, 2011

Morro Bay

Lezlee and I wanted to go to Hearst Castle and looked for an area on the central California coast to be our base. We settled on Morro Bay and it was a really good choice. Morro Bay is still a working port for fisherman and has a big power plant right on the coast that is maybe not as picturesque as some might hope for. I found the fishing boats charming and enjoyed watching the fisherman through a tidbit to the seals that swarming. The beaches were uncrowded, clean and were loaded with sand dollars. The hotels and restaurants were very reasonable. This is a photo of the famous Morro rock.

A view up the beach in the other direction. Notice the crowds.

Brennan and Jordan in competitive sand play.

Some of the sand dollars I found.

Horse back riding on the beach was available. These folks were getting these horses used to the sites and sounds of the beach.

Brennan and Jordan taking beach paraphernalia back to the car.

There was great food to be had. After spending time on the beach we were hungry for clam chowder in a bread bowl.

And a great shrimp cocktail.

One afternoon we rented an electric boat and putted around the bay. It was great most of the time, but at some point, we seemed to almost lose all power. It was a little nerve racking, thinking we were going to drift into someone and not be able to do anything about it. We still enjoyed the ride and both kids got to take a turn at being captain of the boat.

Guess why I took this photo? Enjoyed the fishing boats.

I am going to do a separate entry on wildlife, but we saw lots of seals and sea otters in Morro Bay area.

We spent our last night in a nice little boutique hotel in Morro Bay. It's a nice area and I would love to go back!

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