On the drive to Morro Bay we saw the Firestone Brewery from the highway and we simply had to stop. First of all, the “805” lager is one of our favorites, plus it was also lunch time. Niner created us a custom flight. Out of the four, we didn’t care for the hef… There is a new trend in brewing where hefs have a hint of banana. We are not down for that. The other three were all excellent and Niner chose to get a pint of the Pivo: Hoppy Pilsner. We had that with the chicken sandwich and we were happy and ready to hit the road.
We were on PCH (highway 1) and we knew we were getting close because the fog gradually took over the sky. Then suddenly, the highway made a turn and there was Morro Rock and the both of us both said, “Woah!”
That night we camped at the State Beach where we were able to walk to the warf with a great view of the rock.
The first thing we did the next day was go to the Museum of Natural History, also at the warf. It was free for campers and it was a great, interactive little museum. We got to see otters and pelicans through the glass wall overlooking the estuary/ ocean.
We spent the rest of the day at Montaña de Oro State Park. The beach was chilly but beautiful. We napped overlooking Spooner’s Cove which was great. At first we thought its name indicated it as a make-out spot, then we saw a sign for Spooner’s Ranch up the road (lol). Even though the beach breeze was chilling, it was very pretty. After our nap we hiked the Bluff Trail which was easy with a breathtaking view of the rocky cliffs.
Once lunch time rolled around we went to trusty old Yelp and found a cute little take-out place called Noi’s. We shared the chicken pad ki mao and we were both really happy with it. Then we headed to Morro Strand State Beach to set up camp. This campground was great because the beach was so close. The downside is that everyone else is close too! The sites are squished together! Since we were so near the family next to us, we knew all of the kids names before the end of the night! However, as annoying as they were, they did give us a slice of birthday cake.
When we woke up we decided we needed some fancy coffee and ended up at Top Dog Cafe. We shared a white mocha latte and it was precisely the foofoo coffee we had in mind! We took advantage of the free wifi and took care of some errands and trip planning.
Next we went on a hike at the Point Buchon preserve. The trail is well maintained and has several different views of the beach and amazing rock formations. Then we went to see the city’s namesake – Morro Rock. We walked around the beach that surrounds the rock (technically it is a lava plug) and took in the views of the bay. Then we decided to treat ourselves to a nice meal and we went to the dock for a fresh seafood dinner. To our pleasant surprise, the oysters were fresh Morro Bay oysters! After dinner, we walked around the dock and spotted a seal begging for food.
Next, we stopped to see a different view of the rock from Black Hill, another volcano plug. Then we went to Los Osos State Park to hike in the “Elfin Forest.” The trees and other foliage were very interesting. The wooden plank path was very nice to walk along and we also go to see some great views of the bay.
Returning to our campsite just in time for the sunset, we walked to the beach and enjoyed watching the big ball of fire sink into the ocean.
The next morning we left Morro Bay and headed up the coast to Carmel By the Sea.
The drive up the coast on PCH was fun and even included a bit of paying it forward. Check out our next post that is coming soon!