The rookery is right off the highway. In years past motorists would park illegally to gawk at the blubbery seals. Today there is a parking area right off the highway just north of San Simeon.
The large males were bumping up against each other in the water. Dozens of these elephant seals covered the sand, making the loudest, funniest noises.
The main street along Morro Bay’s marina offers several excellent seafood restaurants with seating practically on the water! Our favorite is Giovanni’s where you can eat on the patio of purchase fresh seafood in the little store. This week it was buy one dungenous crab and get one free! We bought some crab crackers and dug in.
Besides the famous rock, Morro Bay is recognized by its stacks!
Along the marina shops are a surf shop, a shell shop featuring shells from all over the world, and dozens of boutiques and curio stores. There is also a small aquarium where my granddaughter Hailey made friends with an eel.
Taking the coast north, the scenery is spectacular. The road winds its way along the Big Sur Coast to Ragged Point. It is the furthest north we traveled on this trip. There is a small store, an artsy gift shop, food, and a nice little walk out to the point.
We passed the Piedras Blanca Lighthouse:
On the way back from Ragged Point, we stopped in Cambria and took a photo of Nitwit Ridge:
Another place to explore is Montana de Oro. The road takes you through a forest of Eucalyptus Trees and dunes. There is a primitive campground there in a nice little canyon with a short walk to the jagged cliffs and pounding surf.
Like take a snooze in a hammock
play the flute
How many rocks can you stack?
Romo makes a hoodoo.
The competition is fierce!
Morro Bay is a great place to visit. The drive from the LA area is about 5 hours. We stayed a night on the way up at Gaviota – it has its drawbacks but it has a primitive kind of charm about it too. We loved the pier, the geology, the beach and the gentle waves. The train tracks ride high above camp and smack through it on a trestle.
Bye Morro Bay: