Cross middle section of the US to California trip 2016 travel blog



Sea otters


...and they were out there, having fun, in that warm California sun...

It was great to have a down day, with no driving anywhere. This morning we walked across a little pedestrian bridge to a causeway, connecting the Morro Rock to the mainland. It was quite a hike to get there, but a real pleasant walk along the water. There were numerous paddle boards and kayaks out in the water. People were walking their dogs, and everyone seemed in a good mood. We walked as far as we could around part of the rock. The rock is a "plug" from a former volcano. It is huge at 581 feet high, covering 80 acres. Morro is translated as either "dome rock" or "turban". They refer to the rock as the Gibraltar of the Pacific. It is protected so no one is allowed to climb on it, except members of the Chumash tribe on special occasions. On the way out to the rock, we thought we heard seals, but couldn't see any. On the way back, we spotted 3 of them sunning themselves on a raft like platform. You can hear them barking in the video I put on Facebook. We walked back to the camper and decided to go look at the downtown area. There are numerous restaurants (all serving seafood and did it smell good to me), shops, and several hotels along the waterfront. On the way back to our camper, we passed 3 sea otters, floating on their backs. After that, we ate lunch at the camper and went over to the beach. It was quite cool there with the wind blowing off the cold water. We read for a half hour and decided to come back to our camper, where we were able to sit outside and read and relax. Overall it was a fun day and I would recommend this place to everyone. It was really nice.

I forgot to add that we camped next to a nice couple from Montreal, Canada and had some nice conversation with them. They recommended we tour Hearst Castle so that is the plan tomorrow.

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