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Days in Morro Bay

Morro Bay is highlighted by Morro Rock a landmark first noted in the early Spanish exploration days and still used as a navigation way-point by sailors. The natural bay is home to an important estuary, miles of sandy beaches, and a thriving vacation community. Blighted by the ugly power plant situated near the rock the community is often skipped over by travelers along the famous highway 1 from San Luis Obispo to Monterrey. If given the opportunity we recommend you take some time from your drive to give the community a shot, it won our hearts.

Back in the late 50’s when the power plant was built the community was small and the people still believed big business had their best interests at heart. Once the plant was completed things changed and eventually the community fought back against the power plant to the point that it operates a skeleton crew and minimal power output. There are plans in the works to demolish this eyesore and either replace it with a smaller and cleaner unit or eliminate it altogether.

The downtown area of Morro Bay is filled with eclectic little shops run by locals who grew up in and live within the community. The small town ambiance is infective and really makes you feel at home. Less “stuffy” than SLO this is the area to live in if you are drawn to the region.

Morro Bay as it happens became a historic location during our travels. In this city our first non-family guests stayed an evening with us. Glen, Ruta, and Justin joined us for a weekend. Driving up from Thousand Oaks they were celebrating Ruta’s recent promotion and the news of another child on the way. Justin is now 1.5 years old and is filled with ample curiosity which proved to us that our home is definitely not child proof. At the same time the cat is a bit weary of little ones too. It was a pleasure to spend the week with their family and we hope it is a harbinger of future visits from friends.

One evening we took a side trip over to Cal Poly to watch an exhibition professional soccer game between the Colorado Rapids and San Jose Earthquakes. After 90 minutes of play we can say unequivocally that professional soccer is mind numbingly boring to watch live. No wonder the fans in Europe throw such huge parties in the stands; one would have to make up their own fun just to make it through the game.

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