Sunday we woke up very early, packed out, and got to Morro Bay at 8:30 a.m. A quick breakfast of goat cheese-spinach scrambled egg croissant sandwiches, some dreadful coffee, we went to rent a kayak. Kayak Horizons seemed like the best option from our searches, and we walked around checking out a few places before we settled on them. The Kayak guys were great, got us going really quickly, let us borrow a dry bag, and giving us fantastic information about how to access the dunes appropriately.
We kayaked all around upper Morro Bay, checking out moored boats, getting super close (but not too close) to lots of otters and seals. The tide was quite low when we started, and we saw some seals sitting on in the shallow water with their heads and tails out of the water. We got to check out a lot of boats, some beautiful and clearly en route, and some in need of some work.
We pulled up to the recommended pull-out point in the dunes, and walked barefoot across them to the ocean. The temperature was spectacular, and the sand was invigorating. To our deep surprise, we saw some mushrooms growing in the sand. On the ocean-side, we checked for whales with our binoculars, but saw none. We were alone on the beach, except for some sandpipers, who scurried around in the surf.
After our dune adventure, we kayaked back to Kayak Horizons, and got ready to head home. It was mid-day, so we got to explore Green Valley on our way home. We stopped for a local honey tasting, got a cabernet – blackberry gelato and walked around a maze, and then stopped for a light lunch and wine tasting at AronHill Vineyards, a women-owned winery with a beautiful tasting patio and good food.
It was such a beautiful trip, my mind keeps wandering back to Morro Bay. We will have to visit again soon!