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16th Nov 2017
To Morro Today

We had planned to head to Yosemite today, but the forecast was heavy rain followed by snow and freezing conditions, with Winter Storm warnings recommending travellers take an extra flash light, food and water in case of an emergency! Needless to say this didn’t sound very appealing, so we took advice from Ray and Gary and headed south instead to stay at Morro Bay, just near the famous Hearst Castle. This turned out to be a delightfully quiet fishing village with few tourists but lots of barking sea lions and sea otters floating langorously on their backs. Very charming and relaxing. The town is dominated by a large rock that was once a volcanic plug, and a natural gas power generation plant from the 1950s, which produces enough electricity for 1 million homes. It also seems to have more public toilets than the rest of America put together- big tick from us!

We now plan to visit the Hearst Castle tomorrow morning and then drive to Santa Barbara for two days - in other words, do what we had originally planned before the Big Sur road collapse earlier this year forced us to change our itinerary. 

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Diary Photos

View from our room: NOT Yosemite, but Morro Bay.

These fellas make quite a noise: Sea Lions at Morro Bay.

A very large rock perched on two kayaks.

No, it's a sculpture!

Morro Bay otter.

Cute little creatures: Morro Bay otters.

Morro Bay

Birds, fish, otters, sea lions and great views.

Morro Bay with a volcanic plug in the background..

Morro Bay surf.

Surfer and seagull touch.

How true!

Morro Bay and the otter family in front.

What'd you say?

Farewelling her husband and their father.

Prickly pear at Morro Bay.

And the day is starting to end: NOT Yosemite!

Large Morro Bay sculpture: A power plant.

Sunset from our room in Morro Bay. Young sailors back from a sail.

Not the day we were expecting but a nice car trip, wonderful weather and peaceful town.

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