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.
Horse back riding on the beach was available. These folks were getting these horses used to the sites and sounds of the beach.
There was great food to be had. After spending time on the beach we were hungry for clam chowder in a bread bowl.
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.
I am going to do a separate entry on wildlife, but we saw lots of seals and sea otters in Morro Bay area.