Our destination last week was San Diego. One long drive is too much for us, so we stopped for the night in the town of Morro Bay. Even on a Sunday afternoon in February, the sidewalks near Morro Bay’s harbor were packed with tourists.
We detoured for coffee and cookies before zigzagging on the boardwalk behind the shops overlooking the harbor. The iconic rock or volcanic plug is last in a line of 9 outcrops starting several miles to the southeast.
Our special treats on this part of our trip were Blue Heron gathering in the tree tops by our hotel and our finding a botanical garden.
The heron flew overhead as we stepped out on the deck of our room. They huddled in the trees and then took off with their legs dangling. The nesting area for the giant birds is in the nearby state park.
There are several State, County and city parks in the area. See below for access to those places.
The San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden, we discovered on our way south on Hwy 1. It is in the El Charro Regional Park. ($2 entrance fee) The garden looks small at first, but it ‘grows’ as you walk along its paths. It is well cared for with a variety of native and warmer climate plants.
The garden is also graced with sculpture. A donation plaque piece, looks like a percussion instrument.
As we walked along, we found: A building with meeting rooms and plants for sale, tree and bush plantings on the hill behind the area and a children’s garden. I think what struck us most about this garden is that it seemed a place created by thoughtful people. Many people. And it is used by lots of people, though we were almost alone on this cool winter morning.
Directions: Hwy 1 south of Morro Bay on the east side of the road, across from Cuesta College in El Charro Regional Park.
El Charro Regional Park: Also includes a baseball field, group picnic grounds, playground, large stone sculptures, dog park (separate big and small dog areas), hiking trail along Dairy Creek, campground and golf course. And finally, bathrooms with flush toilets and cold water.
We were only making a brief stop in Morro Bay, but follow these links for many places to walk in the area.
See you on the trail!
Photos by Mike Millar
To my charming subscribers,
I will post several short walks over the next week from our recent trip to San Diego. Morro Bay was one stop on the way. We couldn’t visit all the wonderful spots to enjoy the natural world, but I offer you links to some of those possibilities.