Morro Bay, California
|Ocean, mountains, rich rolling hills and then there’s this beautiful harbor and the magnificent Morro Rock.
What a place to spend a relaxing few days catching up on the
reason I build SkiffAmerica. This bay is not large but it has all
the beauty of the central California coast in one place.
|Morro Bay is very shallow at low tide , but no
problem with SkiffAmerica as I motor to the south end of the bay
in two feet of water. I returned to a slip for the night and had a
great dinner at Burger King, just kidding, at the Flying
Dutchman 701 Embarcadero Blvd, Morro Bay, CA
Morro Rock, which towers 576 feet at
the entrance to the harbor, was named by Juan Cabrillo during his
voyage of discovery along the California coast in 1542.
Many years ago I visited Morro
Rock and followed the path to the top, it was a great hike and the
top view was really worth the climb, sadly you can no longer climb
the rock. You can see Peregrine falcon nesting and sea
otters sometimes rafting in the channel if you are lucky.
|Morro Bay is a great place
to enjoy nature. As an estuary, where freshwater meets salty
ocean tides, Morro Bay is teeming with wildlife. Morro Bay is a
small estuary of about 2300 acres, fed by Chorro and Los Osos
Creeks and is protected from the Pacific Ocean by a lengthy sand
Lagoons and wetlands were once common along the southern
California coast, but almost all are now Marina's or filled in
land. Morro Bay is a rare and one of the last example's of a
bygone environment on the Pacific coast. It reminds me of the
Texas coast I enjoyed growing up.
|Knowing the tides is important on Morro Bay and
here is a great link to a web site that I have used to keep my
keel wet. http://www.mobilegeographics.com/