Full day jammed into a half day

Trip Start Dec 29, 2011
Trip End Ongoing

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Monday, January 23, 2012

Wow - did we get rain!! It was like monsoon season most of the night and late into this morning. Thought it would never stop.

We scrapped our plans to go to Hearst Castle because it was raining so hard. We figured the tour would have been okay but walking in the gardens in the rain might not have been much fun. So we lazed about all morning - it was kind of nice not to be on the move.

Lunch rolled around and the sun began to peek through, even though there were still lots of ugly gray clouds lurking about. By this time we were bored with sitting around so ate lunch and headed out for a car tour of the area. We headed first to the post office so I could buy some stamps for the postcards I bought weeks ago. Then we headed to Morro Bay State Park where, just at the entrance to the park, you turn off to the golf course. We stopped in to grab a scorecard and have a look. The course is lovely...green and lush, lots of elevation change, big trees and cheap...twilight starts at noon and costs $18. We'll be back.

Shortly into the park is the Morro Bay Museum of Natural History, which turned out to be a real find. The museum is very hands on, designed for kids of all ages, with lots of displays that you have to manipulate in some way. It's not very big but what they have is very well done.

The museum is built on a volcanic hill and after exiting the museum, we took a short climb to the peak for a great view of the entire bay. Morro Bay is huge, with a long sand dune spit and the big rock providing natural protection from the open ocean. I am not doing a god job describing it but if you go on google maps or better still, google earth, you can get a better picture.

We continued on through the park, catching a peek at another part of the inner harbour and skirting the edge of the estuary. We turned in when we got to Los Osos, just to see what was there - not much, actually - but we did find a small farmer's market where there were all kinds of fresh fruits and veggies. I sampled dates and figs (and bought a handful) - Roy declined - we bought some salad fixings and moved on to bigger and better things.

We headed back into Morro Bay and back down to the rock...decided that we would walk around the end, just in case we didn't get back with our bikes. The tide was running out of the bay and at the mouth there were all kinds of birds on the water, a few seals playing and a few brave surfers. The rock is even more impressive up close. There are two pairs of peregrine falcons nesting there, one on each side of the rock. We think we saw them, soaring in the wind, but I haven't got online to see if that is what we were actually watching. We could see patches of birdie doodoo high up on the rock and assume a falcon perch was nearby. There were also lots of my lovely pelicans flying about. Roy was busy snapping pictures, hoping for a good one. Too funny...we left there and stopped at the public wharf to see what time the fish and chips place closed, took a short walk onto the pier and lo and behold there were a half dozen pelicans just standing there on the wharf on top of the garbage bins! We were so close it reminded me of running across the penguins last year in New Zealand. Of course Roy's camera was in the car and my batteries chose that exact moment to die! Roy went back and got his camera and the birds waited patiently for him. I hope you'll agree, it was worth it!

We left the area, me having had my Kodak moment of the day with the pelicans, and headed into town. War Horse was playing so we took in the matinee, grabbed fish and chips after and brought it home to the motorhome. We're now settled in for the night and as soon as I can upload some pics, we'll catch the latest House on tv.
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Shirley F on

Wow, your pics are so professional! Sorry you didn't get to the Hearst Castle..hope you get another chance. Sf

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