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Coastal California: Morro Bay

Morro Rock

Morro Bay is a charming seaside village located on the Pacific Coast of California about half way between San Francisco and Los Angeles near Hearst Castle and the Big Sur. We visited Morro Bay on February 4-5, 2011, as part of our Coastal California road trip in celebration of Laura’s 40th Birthday.

The sentinel of Morro Bay is Morro Rock,a volcanic peak over 21 million years old. This famous landmark was named by Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo when he first charted this coast during his 16th Century voyage of discovery. The 576-foot-high dome-shaped formation now serves as a preserve for  the spectacular peregrine falcons that nest on top, sometimes swooping above heading out to hunt.  As a bird sanctuary, the city of Morro Bay California and the Morro Bay National Estuary provide a nourishing habitat to more than 250 species.

Morro Bay is a working fishing village.  It boasts one of California’s largest and most productive commercial fishing fleets, which provides area restaurants and fish markets with the freshest of seafood. We took full advantage visiting the eateries along harbor side Morro Bay.

Below is a photolog of our visit.  You can click on any thumbnail to expand it and then manually cycle through all the gallery’s images and captions using the arrow buttons.  Alternatively, you can click on the [show as slideshow] link below to initiate an automated slideshow of the entire gallery.

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