We arrived in Morro Bay late Saturday night, so we really didn’t get a chance to see the area where we had chosen to spend the night. I could only remember that when I was researching the places between San Diego and San Francisco online, I thought Morro Bay would be an interesting stop. I couldn’t remember why.
So we woke up in the morning and headed down by the Bay — skirting Main Street which was closed for a car show — and found a yummy little restaurant with a view of this:
Morro Rock. Which totally jogged my memory as to why I wanted to stop in Morro Bay. Well, the Rock and these guys:
Sea otters. A group of three were wrapped up in seaweed, anchored in place in the Bay as they groomed and sunned themselves. At least three others were free-floating, twisting and grooming and entertaining crowds of people who drove out to Morro Rock for a better view. The best views, however, were found by paddle surfers and kayakers who could get quite close and still maintain a respectable distance that didn’t disturb the animals.
Mom and I sat on the rocks and watched the sea otters for about half an hour, and found ourselves in the company of not just other visitors, but seagulls and rock squirrels as well. Mom enjoyed offering the bravest ones sunflower seeds and little bits of strawberries.
A short walk across the dirt parking lot at the base of Morro Rock revealed an overview of the Pacific Ocean, where locals were gathering for a surf competition. There’s so much going on outdoors in California, from sunrise to sunset! But we had timed tickets to tour Hearst Castle, so instead of sticking around for the surfing we got back in the car and headed north on Highway 1 towards San Simeon.