Neither Mark nor I had been to Morro Bay, but it is a popular destination for folks in our area, so we decided to check it out for our second "home base" during our vacation. Once there, we understood the attraction! Beautiful little town with an Embarcadero lining the east side of the bay. Grass-topped dunes of fine, soft, sun-warmed sand...the sort where you just HAVE to play hide and seek tag. Otters floating on their backs, cracking mussels on their bellies and eating their dinner. Yeah, it was a really great place to visit. But also, it was a great place from which we could stage day trips.
One of my favorites was a trip north to San Simeon. We did not visit Hearst Castle, thinking the kids would not fully appreciate it, especially for the $$$ tickets. No, we had a different destination in mind: the Elephant Seal Rookery
This time of year, young males are practicing their sparring skills.
Their vocalizations were so deep and loud, it was really a spectacle!
After we left, it was time to hit the beach, and we happened along the Hearst Memorial State Beach.
One day we headed south, to the south end of Pismo State Beach in Oceano. This was a very fun day...we drove our truck right onto the beach! The waves at this beach were deceptive. They were fairly close together, so it didn't look great for boogie boarding, but guess what...they were a blast!
And look, I can give a first-had testimonial--that's me on the boogie board!
Another wonderful visit was to Montano de Oro State Park. Definitely NOT a water type beach, except for the experienced surfer. But lookit...
Yes, the giant slopes in Hazard Canyon were a huge draw for the kids.
Yes, I now join the throngs of my Central California compadres in making Morro Bay on my favorites list. We'll be back!