Morro Bay - not as dreary as I'd imagined

Trip Start Sep 11, 2009
Trip End Oct 21, 2009

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Morro Bay State Park Campground

Flag of United States  , California
Saturday, October 10, 2009

I am not sure what has happened, but all the California State Parks are now charging the extortionate rate of $35 per night, for primitive camping sites. I think that is extremely pricey, considering that most private campgrounds charge about $40 for full electricity and water hook-ups. And just last year, the rate was only about $20-25!

The Morro Bay State Park is quite nice, but not at all what I'd expected. I’d expected it to be along the lines of the State Parks in Big Sur, pretty forest-y and surrounded by nature. The Morro Bay State Park is just nestled in the town of Morro Bay, and houses a golf course, a marina, a lodge and even the natural history museum! It just doesn’t seem like the place where you would find campgrounds. It feels slightly like camping in the middle of a country club! It certainly is not a deserted campground, as it is rather busy, given the time of the year. Perhaps this is how they justify increasing their rates.... people seem to flock here, regardless of the price!

Morro Bay is a much larger town than I’d expected! It features the Morro Rock, which is an extinct volcano, and sadly they also feature a massive power plant, which struggles with the Morro Rock for their share of the landscape.

What I didn’t realise was that Morro Bay is also a fishing town..... which can only mean one thing.... CRAB!!!! I went in search of crab, leading us to Embarcadero, which is on the waterfront, and seemed to be the main strip of the town. Having surveyed the few restaurants, none of them were offering crab the way I wanted it, so we ended up going to a restaurant called The Galley.

The restaurant is right on the waterfront, and would have afforded great views during the day. Their special was their "naked" fish, which is a selection of premium fish, cooked without any sauces. Azrael had a Pacific swordfish with garlic mashed potatoes and I had a Hawaiian Ono with seasoned fries, and we had dozen oysters on a half shell to share as a starter. The oysters were simply fantastic! Big, fat, succulent and juicy! I could have easily ordered another portion!!! My Hawaiian Ono is kind of like a cross between swordfish and tuna. The texture is very steak-like, but I found it slightly dry. Azrael’s swordfish was far juicier. Both potatoes were yummy, and the tartar sauce went really well with the fries! However, one should never underestimate the size of a fish steak..... we really struggled to finish our fishes, and I am sure we only managed because we didn’t have a proper lunch!
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