Morro Bay Weekend

We had been home for a little over a week after our two-week long vacation when we decided we needed a vacation.

Doesn’t that just sound extravagant and you kind of hate me for saying it?  

It isn’t true.  Well, only a little bit.  This weekend away had been planned long ago.

My husband’s mom wanted to get away from work and the end of June is a good time for her.  It is also a little bit of a birthday celebration for her.  She planned a weekend trip to Morro Bay area and invited us to come along.

We left Friday night and stayed at a friend’s house in Cayucous.  I am always amazed at how quiet it is there…and I love it!

We had an early start on Saturday morning.  We found our way to Frankie and Lola’s Front Street Cafe.  We’ve tried to go before but there has always been a line.  No waiting this time and the food was SO good.  I had a breakfast sandwich.  A “Da Bomb Sandoo” to be exact.  It was grilled and full of cheese but still tasted light and fresh.  That’s difficult combo to pull off.

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As yummy as my sandwich (and POTATOES) were, the best part of the whole experience was that the tea selection was presented in rainbow order AND the teapot matched James’s shirt!

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The early start wasn’t just to beat the line for breakfast.   We had an appointment for kayaking.  We booked our reservation with Central Coast Outdoors.  We’ve been kayaking before but I didn’t think about how cold it is in Morro Bay.  I just thought about kayaking and exercising.  Brrrr.  

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We saw an impressive display of wildlife.  Seagulls, huge white pelicans, egrets, turkey vultures, and harbor seals to name a few (the few I can name).

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It was a lovely way to spend two hours.

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We met up with James’s mom for lunch followed by a good bit of relaxing.  After that we checked out the Farmer’s Market.  Morro Bay has a very small market with many of the booths dedicated to crafts.  We picked up some berries and headed back to our hotel.  Before we got there we decided a little stroll was needed.

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I’m still learning how to use my camera.  I love trips like this when I can take a million photos and just see what happens.  Here I took the same picture with two different settings.  I can’t decide which one I like best.  I really wish I could remember which settings I used…

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Before we left on Friday, I packed a picnic.  Very simple: Caprese salad with arugula and BLTs.

Manorette morro bay picnicWith our berries from Farmer’s Market and a bottle of wine we were all set to enjoy the lovely surroundings.

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Sunday morning was a little more leisurely.  After breakfast we drove to El Churro Regional Park.  We went on the Eaagle Rock Trail to find the Mariposa Lily for my mother in law’s iNaturalist collection.  We were now inland which was free of fog and much warmer.

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The view from the top was worth the sweating involved in getting there.  

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We found the lily on our way back down.  A very pretty little bloom.

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From there we headed home feeling refreshed, relaxed, and a little bit accomplished from all the outdoor activities.  

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I'm Margaret and I like to make things: in the kitchen, on my knitting needles, with the sewing machine, and for the home. Manorette is a delightful home to share my inspiration and maybe some goof ups. It is never a grand manor.