Saturday, June 13, 2015

Taking a Deep Breath in Morro Bay, CA

All's well that land's well, and we definitely feel that the last few days have been worth the nonsense of the few before.

Morro Bay is not a new stop for us, in fact Bill lived here his senior year in college at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.  But it is a whole new world for both of us to be retired, living in our beautiful home, and having the time and space to just "be" here.


RV park from the water's edge

Foggy top rock from the dunes behind the park

The Morro Dunes RV Park is very quiet, even at 90% full. It is a mix of retirees, families and young people with surf and paddle boards. There are tents, small to large motorhomes and 5th wheels, and lots of travel trailers from very old to very new. Plentiful and clean bathhouses with laundry rooms ($2 wash, $.50 dry), a nice dog run, and a small store with basics. The access to the beach (dog-friendly), and Morro Rock, make the location ideal. We will definitely be back.
 
One morning we drove out to the other side of Morro Rock where you can get up close to the shear rock walls that tower overhead. Not sure why a big ol' rock is so fascinating, but it really is :-)  No seals or otters, but lots of birds. Lots of people for a weekday too. Summer break is here.

Morro Rock is one of a line of nine volcanos
With our restricted diet we have been fixing all our meals at home, but one day we enjoyed lunch at a little place on the marina. One of only a couple dog-friendly eateries in town, it's a nice place to take a break out of the wind while watching kayakers navigate the small boats in the harbor.

There's that rock again...

Tessa was sad to give up her usual table dancing
Tessa and I ventured out a couple mornings to enjoy second cup on the beach. With only the sound of the waves, and the occasional surfer, it is a most wonderful place take a deep breath and appreciate how lucky we are.

Beach babe clad in appropriate warmth for a foggy morning


Bright blue shells with spider web lining added a pop of color to the beige sand

A lone surfer begins his day
 
 

18 comments:

  1. Love your beach babe! So glad to hear that you've been able to slow down, relax and enjoy. Looks like a great place for it.

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    1. Thanks :-) She's pretty special. The place has taken very good care of us these few days. We're rejuvenated and ready for our next travel day in the morning.

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  2. I'm sure the cooler temps are a welcome relief after the 100+ days inland. Ron and I didn't appreciate the cooler Bay Area temps until we lived in Sacramento for a few years.

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    1. I imagine one could get tired of anything, but the fog and cool temps have been sweet this week. Sacramento definitely gets hot!

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  3. Your bright blue shells are actually Velella velella, a close relative to the jellyfish. They are washing up by the millions along west coast beaches. Pretty, but can be stinky, too. :) So happy to hear you are relaxing by the water and getting a chance to enjoy your new life.

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    1. Cool - thanks for the info! At Cayucos just north of here there were only the membranes and no shells on the beach. The ocean has been very healing :-)

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  4. Ahhhh...you can breathe now! How wonderful is that?!

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  5. Even though we return to places we've been, at different times in our life we see with different eyes. Enjoy!

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    1. So true! Being able to slow down now, and really absorb a place, is high on our list of "why" we're doing this :-)

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  6. And so the "Wonderful Life" begins! Looks like a delightful spot to start the next phase in your life:) Relax and enjoy the sights and the beauty. Life is very good:)

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  7. Nice nice nice...Tessa sure has the right idea, feet (paws) in sand and chill!

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    1. I swear that dog could chill at Mardi Gras!

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  8. Oh yes, nothing better than having the time and spaciousness to just "BE." We know well that feeling of deep contentment and gratitude. Love the photo of Tessa the bathing beauty. She's always appropriately dressed. :-)

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    1. I'm always happiest when I can pause and breathe. Yes, she's our fashion maven :-))))

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