A Day On The Bay

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
Nov 082015

Almost 18 years ago Terry and I honeymooned in Morro Bay, California and fell in love with the charming small town on California’s Central Coast. So on our trip south from Oregon we built time into our schedule for another visit.

The town takes its name from 581 foot tall Morro Rock, the imposing monolith that stands guard at the entrance to the bay. The rock is a volcanic plug millions of years old, and today it is a bird sanctuary and home to a number of peregrine falcons.

This is going to be the cover of the first book of a new RV-based mystery series I’m planning. The boat has an interesting history. It was built in Russia and brought to San Francisco for a big race, but right after it arrived the US and the Soviets got in a pissing match, so they pulled out and abandoned the boat. The US government seized it, sold it at auction, and the new owner converted it to live aboard full time.

Morro Rock

We spent several hours wandering around the Embarcadero, the street that parallels the waterfront, poking our heads into the different shops and checking out the goodies for sale.

This shop sells seashells from around the world and some of them are amazing.

Shell shack

Sea shells

Along the way we bumped into our pals Tom and Barbara Westerfield.

Tom Barbara Westerfield small

They told us they were on their way to take a late afternoon 50 minute tour of the harbor with Captain Stew’s Bay Cruise and we decided to tag along. I’m glad we did because we got a completely different perspective seeing everything from the water.

Tour boat

Captain Stewart Hamby is an excellent tour guide and told us about the history of the community, the wildlife that live in the bay, and the stories of some of the working and pleasure boats that call Morro Bay home.

Captain Stew small

These sea lions hang out on a floating platform in the middle of the bay, living the good life.

Sea Lions small

Miss Terry got a lot of great pictures, including this otter, which seems to be floating in a sea of stars.

Otter stars small

Just like a lot of people live fulltime in RVs, there are those who make their homes on boats. Some wander up and down the coast, and others stay right there in Morro Bay. Captain Stew said that it costs $300 a month for one of these moorages, with no hookups, though they can take the boat to a free pump out dock on the shore to empty their holding tanks. Most of the boats have generators, and quite a few of them also had solar panels. I think I prefer living in a house on wheels instead of a house on the water. At least if I ever decide to go sleepwalking I probably won’t drown.

Sailboat small

We really enjoyed our day in Morro Bay and there is a lot more to see and do in this area but I think today we are just going to hang around home. I’ve got a couple of things I would like Barbara to help me with on my computer, and we need a day to just relax and take it easy.

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  6 Responses to “A Day On The Bay”

  1. Don’t forget about kiteflying on the beach. 🙂 Did you know there is a kite festival in Morro Bay at the end of April?

  2. Morro Bay. Thanks. Got to go there

  3. Hope you had chance to visit the kite store up on the north end of the Embarcadero. MorroBay is one of the few things still missed after leaving Ca more than 10 years ago. I loved looking for otters, they are very entertaining.
    Signed Rich`s wife

  4. Kite festival? April? I’ve never been to Morro Bay … guess I should go check out those seashells!! GREAT book cover … can’t wait for that one to come out.

  5. Otter picture is a winner. Terry should enter it into a photo contest !!!!!!!!!!!! Great picture !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. Great picture of the otter. I just love that.

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