The Morro Bay sand spit is a long narrow, curved peninsula that extends from Montana de Oro State Park almost to Morro Rock. It separates Morro Bay from the ocean. We took a hike along the beach side of the sand spit which is about a 10 mile round trip.
Of course, the hike is on sand for the entire way but it’s not bad when you stay close to the surf where the sand is packed to give more firm footing. The main sight along the way is the variety of sea birds. There were areas where they were quite thick.
We saw various types of gulls, sandpipers, plovers, pelicans and a couple of snowy white egrets.
When we left Tahoe, we drove back to Crowley Lake to rejoin our RV which we left hooked up at the Crowley Lake RV Park. After getting settled back in we spent two nights there before making the drive to Acton, CA.
This time we spent one night at the Acton/Los Angeles KOA North just to break up the drive and to not finish our drive battling it out on the LA freeways. After this one night in Acton we drove through LA to reach Long Beach.
During our 11 days in Long Beach we were able to check in with some family and friends and catch up on some medical appointments.
We left our RV parked near Crowley Lake and made the drive to Lake Tahoe to visit with our friends Steve, Wende and Brady. It’s always fun to spend time with them but summer in Tahoe at their nice home is special.
Lake Tahoe is a truly beautiful place at any time but summer is especially nice with a pleasant climate, clean mountain air, the blue lake and the variety of colors in the snow topped mountains. We enjoyed lots of hiking, biking and took a ride up the Heavenly gondola and did a little hiking around the ski runs.
Lee Vining put us close to Mono Lake and the June Lakes Scenic Loop. Located just north of Mammoth Lakes, June Lakes is another collection of beautiful mountain lakes. June Mountain is a small ski area (7 lifts) which is affilated with the much larger Mammoth Mountain ski area.
Mono Lake is a very interesting lake, ecologically and socially. Since it has no outlet the water in Mono Lake is very salty, 2 to 3 times higher concentration of salt than the ocean. As a result there are no fish in Mono Lake but that doesn’t mean that it is lifeless. The lake has a massive population of tiny brine shrimp as well as alkaline flies. The combination of the shrimp and flies attracts a wide variety of birds here. Notably, the majority of California seagulls are hatched in Mono Lake. There are also some migratory birds that stop here during their trip from Canada to South America. Notably the Eared Grebe spends a few weeks here to molt and fuel up for their non-stop flight from Mono Lake to Ecuador and Columbia. Interestingly, this bird is very efficient in the water but cannot walk on land. It has to land and take off from water. If it finds itself on land it will die there unless a human finds it and takes it to water.
I’m somewhat embarrassed to admit that I’ve never visited this area during the summer. I used to come here frequently to ski since it is the nearest major ski area to Southern California, about a 5 hour drive. So this portion of our summer itinerary was built around a stop in Mammoth Lakes. We parked at the Mammoth Mountain RV Park.
Sadly, one of the major areas I wanted to visit here, Devil’s Postpile National Monument was closed to allow for repairs to the road that leads to it necessitated by winter storms. But there’s still plenty to see and do here.