Road Trip, Part 5 – Morro Bay to Alameda, CA, Sept.19-20/14


It was again a Friday when we left Carpinteria, heading north. That meant we were in for a hard time finding a campsite for the evening.  This prediction was mostly borne out, but we lucked into an available campsite at the Morro Strand campground. The Morro Strand is a stretch of beach that runs quite a ways north from Morro Rock. Overcast and fog happily moderated the temperatures.

Beach succulent flower, Morro Strand

Beach succulent flower, Morro Strand

Marbled godwit, Morro Strand

Marbled godwit, Morro Strand

Kelp, Morro Strand

Kelp, Morro Strand

Morro Rock and Morro Strand

Morro Rock and Morro Strand

Sanderlings, Morro Strand

Sanderlings, Morro Strand

Sanderlings, Morro Strand

Sanderlings, Morro Strand

Sanderlings, Morro Strand

Sanderlings, Morro Strand

Shorebirds, surfers and saiboat, Morro Strand

Shorebirds, surfers and saiboat, Morro Strand

The next day the first stop was at the Elephant Seal beach at San Simeon. Quite a scene!

San Simeon Elephant Seals

San Simeon Elephant Seals

San Simeon Elephant Seals

San Simeon Elephant Seals

San Simeon Elephant Seal

San Simeon Elephant Seal

San Simeon Elephant Seals

San Simeon Elephant Seals

San Simeon Elephant Seals

San Simeon Elephant Seal

San Simeon Elephant Seals

San Simeon Elephant Seals

San Simeon sign

San Simeon sign

San Simeon zebras

San Simeon zebras

We continued north from the San Simeon area into the Big Sur section of coastline.

Big Sur shoreline

Big Sur shoreline

Big Sur rocks

Big Sur rocks

Big Sur lizard

Big Sur Mill Creek lizard

Big Sur Mill Creek fennel

Big Sur Mill Creek fennel

Big Sur Mill Creek pampas grass

Big Sur Mill Creek pampas grass

Big Sur Mill Creek

Big Sur Mill Creek

Big Sur Mill Creek

Big Sur Mill Creek

Big Sur Mill Creek family

Big Sur Mill Creek family

Big Sur Scarlet Gilia

Big Sur Scarlet Gilia

Big Sur Willow Creek

Big Sur Willow Creek fennel

Big Sur Pt.Sur Lighthouse. This Navy facility means the the beaches seen here are closed to the public, which is a damn shame, in my opinion.

Big Sur Pt.Sur Lighthouse, view to the south. This being a Navy facility means that the beaches seen here are closed to the public, which is a damn shame, in my opinion.

The night of the 20th was a Saturday. We made a half-hearted effort to find camping and then gave up. We drove about 2 hours to Alameda, where reside Kathy’s daughter Laina, her husband Matt and kids Kara and Benet. Part 6 will first present photos of the Alameda and Albany environs. My son Ethan lives in Albany, with his girlfriend Flo and son Quin. Then on to Muir Woods, Muir Beach, Bolinas Lagoon and beach and Stinson Beach. Stay tuned!

About believesteve

I am a photographer and have published a book of photography and accompanying text on running the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon. The first (print) edition is out of print, but a second edition is available as an iBook (eBook) through the iTunes bookstore. All Grand Canyon, river and nature lovers will enjoy my book: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/the-grand/id672492447?ls=1
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2 Responses to Road Trip, Part 5 – Morro Bay to Alameda, CA, Sept.19-20/14

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