May 2006 – I was glad for the chance to stop at the beautiful Morro Bay State Park to visit with my friends Doyle and Tony (Firedude), who were camp hosting there. I’d been reading Tony’s blog with his camp hosting stories for years, and just had to see for myself if it was as crazy and beautiful as he said! And it was!
My campsite #11
The view across from my campsite was always a pleasant sight.
A road scene around the campground. Site Map with campground layout.
Down at the marina – there’s a cafe here, also.
Golf with a bay view right by the campground.
Of course the star of Morro Bay is Morro Rock, seen here from the nature center near the park. You can drive out there and explore it and enjoy beautiful views of the town, sea otters frolicking in the water, and all sorts of birds soaring around the rock. There’s plenty of parking for RVs, but no overnight stays there are allowed. I always enjoyed seeing him around town – sometimes half hidden by fog and clouds – other times clear enough to make out the details of every boulder. Its most famous residents are the endangered peregrine falcon who hang out here.
The seagulls and I also had fun watching the surfers.
I fully enjoyed my two weeks here. Sitting outside at night on clear nights counting the stars with the only light being campfires and the soft sounds of distant conversations were some of my fondest “made for RV” moments. Days were warm enough, but at night extra layers of warmer clothing were needed – especially on those foggy nights when the fog was thick enough to fall in drops and the sound of distant foghorns added an extra bit of chill.
Doyle took me on his Harley for a ride to nearby Solvang, a replica of a little Danish village, complete with windmill and wooden shoe stores. Riding by sweet smelling strawberry fields as they were being picked and pleasing-to-the-eye symmetrical vineyards made for a very nice day trip.
Like Tony always tells folks – this is a very popular state park that is almost always fully booked in the summer, so don’t expect to get in without reservations, especially on weekends. Reserve in advance online or call the park directly at 805-772-7434.