Ron and Hazel's 'Travels with Nuggie' travel blog

Finally, we arrive at Morro Bay, California.

The harbor is protected by a breakwater built with stone from the...

The 581-foot Morro Rock is a "volcanic plug" (remnant neck of an...

A causeway connects the rock with the shore.

Steve Weaver took us on a walking and driving tour of the...

Every description of boat is here, with dozens of restaurants and tourist...

We climbed a trail to the top of Black Hill overlooking the...

We stayed at Bay Pines Travel Trailer Resort for 4 nights.

The climb about did me in, but didn't bother our mountain climbing...

Fields of yellow flowers along the road to nearby San Luis Obispo.

Morro Strand State Beach is a couple miles north of downtown.

The wind and waves were really moving, if there were whales there,...

Steve and his dog walk here often, only about 7 miles round-trip...

Dogs can run free in this section of the beach, and Steve's...

We had dinner at a snazzy seafood restaurant with friends Jim and...

The Campbell's 5th wheeler, Mrs. Campbell does all the driving. Hazel??

With a clear sky everywhere else, sea fog suddenly enveloped Morro Bay...

Steve took us on a winding up and over the mountains trip...

Jim and Jan Campbell, Steve with Austin the dog, and me and...

On our last day in Morro Bay, we walked downhill to a...


A Pineapple Express is a continuous surge of tropical moisture extending from near Hawaii all the way into a West Coast storm. From Google: Morro Bay is a coastal city in California. It's known for Morro Rock, an ancient volcanic mound at the end of Morro Rock Beach. The rock sits within Morro Bay State Park, home to lagoons, trails and a bird-rich saltwater marsh. Morro Bay State Park’s Museum of Natural History features exhibits on ecology and local Native American culture. Trails lead up Black Hill for views over the city and Morro Bay.

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Hazel and I arrived on Saturday March 17, with a reservation at Cypress RV Park to join our friend Steve Weaver. Steve lives here all winter in his 5th wheeler, hauling it all the way from West Virginia for the past several years. But, a mistake was made, and the office had our reservation for next Saturday, and they were completely filled. Another RV park a few miles away had an opening that filled the gap.

Steve was a great guide, showing us around town, taking us to see "the rock", we could actually drive to it on a causeway built years ago from rock mined from the 581 foot tall monolith, with enough extra rock taken to build sea walls protecting the harbor, something they couldn't possibly do today. Declared a California historic landmark in 1968, it is off-limits to climbing, being the nesting home of protected peregrine falcons, several types of gulls, with sea lions and otters in the waters below.

A couple of days after our arrival, "A Pineapple Express" hit the area, and we had rain for four days, making for good senior nap time. Local television stations covered the event as a major news story, with evacuations in the Santa Barbara area in case of rock and mud slides or flash floods. At the end of the four days, blue skies returned, and you could tell the TV meteorologists (a degree would be nice, but most don't have one) were mightily disappointed at the lack of bad news.

We filled our days roaming around, with trips to San Luis Obispo, 20 miles away, for shopping, a new battery for my iPhone, and going to Costco, where we lunched on the store's famous $1.50 foot-long hot dog with 20 ounce drink for $1.50, what a deal. And, Hazel kept busy ripping out the carpeting in the living room section of our motorhome, and preparing the plywood base for a new wood parquet floor, vinyl actually, but it looks and wears like the real thing. As she says, there is no such thing as clean carpeting, especially in an RV with a couple of small dogs. There is bound to be a lot of stepping back and admiring our work when this is done, Hazel does the demolition and preparation, I'm the installation guy.

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The Lake airplane is advertised as ''The world's only single-engine production amphibian'', and Jim Campbell and Vicki of Vermont sell a lot of them.Yesterday afternoon (Wednesday the 27th) Jim and Jan Campbell arrived at the RV park, pulling a really nice 5th wheeler all the way from Vermont. Jim is an aircraft dealer, specializing in the Lake Amphibian, popular for the ability to land and take off from both runway and water, I've known of him for years, have several mutual friends, including Steve Weaver and "Vicki of Vermont", but this was our first actual meeting.

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Once the Campbells were all checked in at the RV park, we went to dinner at "Windows on the Water", an upscale restaurant overlooking Morro Bay. The menu was a bit pricy, I'd never had swordfish before, and now I can highly recommend you try it. I'll be living on ramon noodles for a few days, but it was worth it.

Today, an amazing drive up and over the mountains to have a late lunch at Avila Beach, then home before dark, more floor sanding for Hazel, and updating this travel blog for me.

Tomorrow: Off to Hearst Castle.



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