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.
The most easily accessible location on the California coast where you can view the Elephant Seals is near San Simeon, CA, about 5 miles north of the entrance to the Hearst Castle. Right on Highway 1 you can pull into the parking lot and observe them laying on the beach and maybe sparring in the surf. The rookery you see here ranges over 6 miles of California coastline in the area of Piedras Blancas. This was a 30 mile drive north from our base in Morro Bay, CA.
After returning from the Cooper Family Reunion at Dale Hollow Lake we completed our visit to Navarre. We leave you with a photo from the beautiful beach on a portion of the Gulf Islands National Seashore, specifically Opal Beach on Santa Rosa Island just east of Pensacola Beach.
For our visit to Cocoa we parked at Sonrise Palms RV Park. Cocoa is located in what is known as the Space Coast due to the nearby Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral. Also, the “I Dream of Jeannie” TV show featured a fictional astronaut living in Cocoa Beach, Florida.
Our primary purpose for stopping here was to visit the Kennedy Space Center. This makes a trifecta for us since we toured Space Center Houston in January 2014 and the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, AL, in April this year. Of course, Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral have perhaps the most history with respect to the US space program. Continue reading →