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Jun 6, 2009 - Lake Santa Margarita

Lake Santa Margarita lies in the low foothills just outside the quaint little town of San Luis Obispo. The lake was created by the construction of the Salinas dam in 1941 and today furnishes the drinking water for San Luis Obispo. It is about 8 miles in length and bordered by lush greenery with rocky sidewalls. It is a fisherman's paqradise for bass fishing. There is also much waterfowl,deer, bear and even cougars in the adjacent hilled areas. We kayaked the lake and enjoyed a beautiful sunny morning cooled by the light breeze courtesy of...

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Jun 5, 2009 - Hearst Castle

The drive to San Simeon and Hearst Castle followed the scenic coastline on US1. The sun sparkled upon the water after a rainy night. The pacific was unusually calm and the adjacent countryside full of flowers. It was a most peaceful way to start our day. Upon arriving at the visitor center a bus whisks each tour group up to the castle 1600 feet above. The road winds steadily upward as it passes through the pastoral beauty of the rolling hills of San Simeon. The glory days of the Castle were in the 1920's ,30's and early 40's. It's walls...

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Jun 4, 2009 - Shell Beach & Port San Luis

We awoke to a gorgeous sun bathed morning-a real change from the clouds of rolling mist. Morro Rock and the Pacific stood in magical glory as we loaded our bikes onto the Wolf transporter for the 25 mile trip south to the Coastal community of Shell Beach. There we rode about 3 miles on our bikes taking in magnificient vistas of flowers,blue skys,and rugged clifftal coastlines. Gorgeous houses were set within the foregoing backdrop. We then drove to Port San Luis where we rode the Bob Jones Bike Trail. This trail wound about 8 miles from...

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Jun 3, 2009 - Kayak Lake Nacimiento & Wine Tour

Today we drove about 40 miles to Lake Nacimiento. The lake was created in 1961 for water storage and agricultural irrigation. It is about 18 miles in length and extends into the surrounding canyons. It was a beautiful voyage. Midway we stopped on a sandy beach and stepped toward shore - until we discovered it was like quicksand. Soon our kayak shoes were stuck soundly in the muck and we struggled to stay upright and free our feet-it was a comical moment. Bill and I then hiked to the top of a 300 foot dome populated with a stand of oak...

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Jun 3, 2009 - Hearst Castle, CA

Today we drove about 20 miles north on US-1 to see Hearst Castle. From Morro Bay, the drive to Hearst Castle along US-1 is an easy drive for RV's. Hearst Castle even has a RV parking lot and there were lot's of buses, so there's plenty of room! If you haven't seen this land mark castle, I recommend that you take 4 hours out of your day and go visit this place. The money that this guy spent building a "summer home" for himself and his girlfriend ( his wife lived in N.Y. City) is just incredible. And the view! Wow. I postet a few pics here to...

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Jun 2, 2009 - Montana De Oro & Elfin Forest

Today we hiked Montana De Oro State Park. It's name means "mountain of gold" . It certainly lives up to its name because of all the golden yellow flowers which populate its ground. What a spectacular vista of yellow,blues,greens,oranges and other colors. The trail follows the rugged coastline on the Pacific and weaves in and out of the rugged cliffs. We walked down to a tidal pool and watched sea anenomes and tiny colorful fish move about nature's environ. It is an amazing display of color and miniaturization of the sea. A whale made a...

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Jun 1, 2009 - Morro Bay

Morro rock was named in 1542 by Portugese navigator Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo. He explored the Pacific Coast for Spain. Cabrillo called the rock El Morro because it resembled a Moor-a North African known for the turbans they wore. The town was founded by Franklin Riley in 1870 as a port for the export of ranch and dairy products. Today Morro Bay is primarily a tourist center and a fishing port for halibut, sole and albacore as well as other pacific fish. It is a protected estuary where wildlife abounds. Seals, numerous Pelicans, Snowy...

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May 31, 2009 - Bakersfield to Morro Bay, CA

Today was a relaxing drive of 260 miles across California countryside to the pacific coast. We passed many farms growing fruit and nuts and the most beautiful roses. Fields upon fields of roses in all colors. We then transcended into vineyards and passed many wineries such as Meridian and Paso Robles. It was then on into Morro Dunes RV park and our spectacular site which looks directly at the Morro Rock-incredible! Coastal rolling fog and temp about 61. Today begins our journey with our favorite traveling companions,Bill and Nancy...

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May 30, 2009 - Morro Bay, CA - Morro Dunes RV Resort

Finally arrived at our next destination - Morro Bay, CA. The drive from Santa Ana wasn't too bad as we worked our way through the LA traffic on a Sat. afternoon. The drive north along US-101 is an easy drive in a RV. The only complaint I had was that the roads beat me to death because they were just rough. My max speed was about 55 because the RV was bouncing all over the place on the cement interstate through LA. Once we got north of Santa Barbara, the roads smoothed out and the traveling became easier. We exited off US-101 onto Hwy 1...

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Mar 3, 2009 - Morro Bay, CA

Morro Bay is one of our favorite places. It is a beautiful area!!! We spent a lot of our time wishing we could afford to buy a home here. One of our favorite hikes is here, on PG&E land. You hike along ocean bluffs with beautiful hills (mountains? When does a hill become a mountain?) on the inland side. The hike is relatively flat and crosses ranch land on PG&E property. We took the trail (about 3 miles)until we had a view of the nuclear power plant -- this is the only spot where it can be seen by the public. (Except from a boat in the...

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Dec 11, 2008 - Morro Bay

Taking advantage of some unseasonably warm weather and a break in my work schedule at the Moon News Bookstore, I drove down the King’s Highway to the seaside community of Morro Bay. The bay itself is dominated by a massive volcanic rock - Morro Rock, the first in a series of fourteen ancient eruptions along a fault line that runs to the southeast. The harbor rock is a bird sanctuary, so no climbing is allowed, but I was able to climb Black Hill, the next-in-line. It is located in a state park and provides an excellent view of the harbor,...

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Oct 10, 2008 - waiting out the big winds

Dear Everyone, Well were really on our way!! 10/01 7:48 were off . We leave our slip in Ballena Isle Marina, it has been our home for the last 10 months .We will miss our friends. We head out into the bay under the Oakland Bay Bridge, across the slot and out under the San Francisco Bridge. We drink a toast to our new life filled with hopes and dreams. We motored out to buoy #1 and turned south. Cindy Ladd and Kathy Rea called to wish us well. I called both Blair and Brian to say we were really on our way. Under light winds we motored down...

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