Well…what happens in Vegas …(photo blog)…
Morro Bay, California was one of our favorite destinations on this trip. It is a quiet, picturesque bay town with so much to do and see. We spent our days there walking along the pier and taking in all of the sites and sounds we don’t experience back home.
First of all the weather was amazing, actually, it was slightly cold. When we arrived it was a beautiful 72 degrees and as soon as that sun went down it was in the 50s. I had to buy a hoodie in one of the gift shops along the Embarcadero (which is basically a boardwalk). Also along the Embarcadero you will discover all kinds of shops, restaurants, bars, and rental places for boats, kayaks, paddle boards etc. We thoroughly enjoyed listening to the sea lions and watching the otters as we strolled through the bay on our way to the beach.
Our beach day was quite an adventure in itself. It turned out to be very cloudy and about 58 degrees. We knew the Pacific was cold but it was too cold to get in that day!Although it was too cold, the water was crystal clear; you could see all the way down to the bottom along the piers.
This small bay town was very well taken care of, pristinely clean, not over crowded, family friendly, and very affordable. We loved it so much that we have plans to return in the future.
Tip: Although there are several places to eat we really enjoyed Libertine Pub, especially their clam chowder!
California Part One: San Diego
So folks, we’ve been in California for the past five days and we’re pretty much in love. The ocean, the beautiful weather, the endless exploration …what’s not to love? (Okay well maybe the traffic sucks but that’s an entirely different blog)
We started our trip off in San Diego. I found the perfect little Air B&B guest house in the South Park neighborhood and we settled down there for 3 days.
While in San Diego we checked out the zoo, the beaches, and Old Town. I’m not a huge zoo fan but the San Diego Zoo lives up to its reputation, it was beautiful. There was so much too see and it was prestigiously clean and well taken care of. We cover the majority of the park in about 4 hours.
After our zoo adventure we drove down to the beaches to decide where we wanted to spend the next day. We started with Imperial Beach which was gorgeous. I really enjoyed the small beach town as well but it was packed. The whole town was preparing for the annual Surf and Sun Festival the following day. We were able to see the beginning of the sand castle competition and walk along the pier.
Although Imperial Beach and Pier was awesome, we decided it would be too packed the following day. Our beach day was spent at Silver Strand Beach and it was perfect. We arrived pretty early, way before the crowds and spent about 3 hours enjoying the sun, sand, and ocean breeze.
Old Town was our last stop in San Diego. After doing a little research we learned all about the history of Old Town. It was the very first settlement in SD. You can walk around the historic park, enjoy the old buildings with their individual stories to tell, and learn about the history of Old Town with the many costumed employees.
Fun fact: Old Town is also the home of The Whaley House, which is known as one of the most haunted places in the US.
We had a spectacular time in San Diego and would definitely return. Three days went nearly enough time to visit everything the city had to offer!
*After leaving SD we drove up the coast and stopped at several beaches along the way. Beaches photo blog coming up next!
Well ladies and gentlemen, we’ve covered quite some ground in the last 24 hours. We’ve seen the white sands in New Mexico, the organ pipe cacti in Arizona and we will arrive on the pacific coast of California this evening. We have been pleasantly overwhelmed by the beauty of nature on this trip and we’ve used every opportunity to stop and explore. An hour detour here, 30 minutes there, every extra minutes and mile was well worth it.
White Sands National Monument
We knew a little ahead of time we wanted to see the white sands in New Mexico and we couldn’t have picked a better day. When we arrived it was about 68 degrees and the views were stunning. While we explore all these places we always take the time to learn a little about the history. The white sands aren’t technically sand, they are white gypsum and they’ve been around for over 8,000 years. There are over 275 square miles of white gypsum dunes and a large portion of them are enjoyed by visitors from all over. I visited here as a child but I really didn’t remember much of it. As an adult, it’s completely mesmerizing and I’m still impressed by the park overall.
Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument
Our next stop was Tucson Arizona. We didn’t really do much in Tucson, except eat some bomb-ass pizza at a little place called Dry River Pizza and Beer. After that we spent the evening researching things to do in AZ. The Bearded One found Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument and was determined to see these cacti. It was slightly out of the way but well worth it. The desert terrain is nothing like we’d imagined it would be. It’s full of unique vegetation, most of which we’ve never really seen before.
We’ve already seen quite a lot and can’t wait to explore California next. We will be in San Diego for the next few days and then up the coast from there!