LAX, Pomona and Morro Bay.
Trip Start Jun 28, 2008
2Trip End Aug 11, 2008
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Sunday, we relaxed at the trailer and made the round of Starbucks in Pomona to try to get wifi-the first of many fruitless wifi expeditions on this trip so far
Monday, we left for Morro Bay. Tom was nervous because we had to tow the trailer through downtown Los Angeles on a work day. But we left late and it really wasn't too bad. Tom drove very well, I navigated and we got through it with really only one place the traffic even slowed down. The trip up the coast was really pretty and we saw some pretty coastline-not shrouded in fog which was going to be unusual though we didn't know it at the time. We had found we weren't going to be able to go up Highway 1 from after Marina-our stop after Morro Bay. That stretch was closed due to a large fire in Big Sur.
We got to Morro Bay and into the Morro Dunes RV park which I can't recommend enough-it is a wonderful place and very reasonable. It is clean, has very friendly folks running it and it's right on the beach
Morro Bay is a lovely little seaside town. It's not as well known to lots of folks so it's retained a lot of its natural look and feel. It's best know for the large rock in its harbor-Morro Rock which is the last of a series of volcanic formations called the Seven Sisters. The rock dominates the landscape in Morro Bay and is visible from almost all areas of the town. The look of the rock changes dramatically as the day progresses and the fog moves in and out. The harbor also features some otters and lots of birds. It's quite cool in the morning here and stays pretty cool all day which we both found lovely after hot Texas and hot China! I could see spending some time in Morro Bay. The shopping was nice too-funky little shops-some of the tourist stuff you see everywhere but also some really unusual artisan creations
On Tuesday, Janet Jeske and and her ekkie, Skeeter, and her two great kids, Kaylie and Jordan, drove down from Hollister to see Susie and Tom and me. We had such a great time with her and her family-what a nice group. Skeeter is a hoot too-he learned to fly while there-on his aviator harness, he would fly with Janet or Kayli running behind him and he was yelling for joy. Everyone was so excited. On Wednesday, we went down to Mission San Luis Obispo which was under going restoration (this along with fog and iffy wifi became a theme of the trip so far. The wifi was down when we got here and I was alarmed but the wifi at Morro Dunes was quite good once it came back up that night.) The mission grounds are really beautiful and the part of the mission that we could see was really nice-the missions in California are very different from the ones in San Antonio and have a very different history too though they seem to have ministered to similar groups of Native Americans. That evening, we went to a very nice seafood restaurant and my husband, who hasn't eaten seafood for years, decided to try it. Everyone got a kick out of watching his face as he did so though he said his scallops and shrimp were good. I know my fish was great.
We also all went over to Susie's house to meet her birdies. Wow! Her yard is gorgeous-Tom wanted to steal half the plants in it. Her baby ekkies were zipping all over the house-mostly green guys and they were so cute. Then we got out one of her galahs-oh my! It was love-I love these little guys. They are so soft and sweet. I really liked all the birds and now I know why Emma came to me so well socialized and confident. They fly around, land on the windows, bicker with each other, land on your head-it's great fun
Thursday, Tom went to play golf in the afternoon and I got to meet Tracie Irvine from Waco who I know from another bird list! Tracie was out in San Luis Obispo for a family reunion and she and her daughter, Courtney, drove over to meet me. What fun! Tracie is such fun-we decided it was crazy for a couple of Texans to have to meet in California but it worked! Tracie operates a great website- http://www.parrot-and-conure-world.com/ and I've enjoyed chatting with her online but it was such fun to meet in person! I've met several folks I've met first on my bird lists (and want to meet more) and all of them are such great folks-people who love and celebrate companion birds are just nice people.
Friday was the 4th of July. Tom and I went to the small town of Cayucos, near Morro Bay to see the parade. Cayucos is much more upscale than Morro Bay, it seems. Lots of really nice REALLY EXPENSIVE houses there. It was a cute parade-lots of neat family units, nice floats and a really neat parade. Then we went to the Cayucos Cemetery for me to take pictures. It's a nice little cemetery and has a lot of Italian-Swiss folks from the founding of the area. One set of headstones is particularly poignant-three children form one family who all died within a week of each other
On Saturday, Susie took us to Mission San Miguel Arcangel which is north and inland from Morro Bay-the difference in temperature was amazing-it was in the 90s instead of the 60s. The mission had been damaged in the 2004 earthquake so the basilica was, of course, closed for renovations which they really can't afford to do at the moment. The whole complex is built of adobe and suffered a lot in the quake. It is still quite a nice historic place that hasn't been as heavily restored and prettied up as Mission San Luis Obispo.
From there, we went to a quirky little cemetery that Susie knew about near Cambria?? It was so unusual. It is obviously privately owned-the plots are marked with spraypainted rocks that tells whether they are open or not. The graves are so interesting and touching. They are decorated in some ways that seem to be connected to traditional communities such as Mexican and Mexican American ones in San Antonio
Susie also convinced me I needed a baby galah!( It didn't take a lot of arm twisting on my part.) I was so excited-especially when Tom said yes! We'd been saying we didn't have room for another birdie traveling with us in the trailer but this little guy is so adorable and sweet that he worked his magic on Tom and we had to go get a cage for him and then go pick him up. What fun! He says "widget, widget " all the time-and is very cuddly but also like playing on the stand with the toys for a long time. We finally agreed that his name was Percy and he decided he liked us both. He's doing very well in the trailer though he does pace like a convict if he doesn't get out of his cage soon enough.
On Sunday, we pulled out for Marina up the coast. Susie came by to say good bye and there was lots of hugging. It was a wonderful visit with Susie-Morro Bay is just spectacular and Susie is a wonderful host. What a great start to our trip through California up to Oregon!