I realize that some plants are just flowering weeds, but weeds are flowers that just happen to be growing in the wrong place at the wrong time. Half Moon Bay is covered with these golden yellow blooms and the hillsides and fields are alive with color. Mustard grass, Bermuda Buttercups, and Fiddleneck are three of the flowers that I can identify but there are others that I cannot. Tiny white and purple flowers are also sprinkled in the sea of golden yellow.
We are leaving Half Moon Bay RV Park early tomorrow morning and moving over to Pillar RV Park on the north side of town. We will be staying right on the ocean next to the bay and there are cats hunting for mice and all such creatures in the wildflowers and I wonder how Callie will act when she sees them or meets them on our walks. She has forgotten about Romeo since we left Anza-Borrego Desert State Park and her evenings spent searching for him in the master bedroom window are behind her.
Callie is living her life again on the road and the adventures she is having are worth writing about every day:) we can’t wait for our move to Pillar RV Park tomorrow morning, what a time we shall have camping along the seashore.
Our drive to Half Moon Bay was delightful and Callie enjoyed the entire trip hanging out on the dash and playing co-captain. The bright yellow mustard and fiddleneck flowers are blooming everywhere and cover the fields alongside Highway 1. It has been raining all of last week and it will start raining again tomorrow, so new growth is abundant and prolific blooms carpet the hillsides in fields of gold.
We stopped by an Albertson’s in Morro Bay before we headed out of town and stocked up on groceries and supplies because we are set to hang out in Half Moon Bay for a week. The GDC18 Game Developers Conference is being held at the Moscone Conference Center in San Fransisco and our adult daughter is going to attend. Half Moon Bay RV Park is only 30 miles away, so we rented a car and will take her to the conference and pick her up while we play in the city.
Half Moon Bay RV Park is basically a dirt parking lot but the bathrooms and showers are clean, spacious, AND with plenty of hot water to use without worrying about putting quarters into a slot makes it worthy of 5 stars. When you arrive at the RV Park you are greeted by 3 cats and a retired bright red, British double-decker bus with Christmas lights blinking on and off. Seeing as it is the middle of March, it is rather eccentric, but we were welcomed warmly and put in space #7 with Fred next door in space #6 alongside a tall hedge of fragrant juniper or cypress for privacy.
Our daughter Lara earned a Ph.D. in Physiology in 2017, but it was not her passion and she wants to explore the possibility of becoming a producer in the gaming industry. She is gifted in multiple languages, computer science, computer graphics, writing, and mathematics. I believe she can do whatever her heart and soul desires so we are trying to be very supportive. She is our only daughter and we want her to be in a work environment that makes her heart sing with joy, but pays well too! I don’t think that it is too tall of an order considering her vast talents.
Today it will be clear and sunny but will rain the rest of the week, so I will make sure to get Callie out for a walk to explore her surroundings. Last night we hiked to the beach and watched a glorious sunset turn from a silvery lilac and yellow to lavender, red and molten orange. It was magnificent, to say the least. The shoreline was practically empty of people and the sand was a coarse bleached, pale off-white; this was perfect conditions for photography, and I took full advantage of the evening.
Michael and I have been visiting Morro Bay for 40 years now and I love this little fishing community as much now as I did the first time I laid eyes on it. Morro Bay is one of the last sustainable fishing marinas along the Central California coastline and it is shared with otters, harbor seals, sea lions, cormorants, herons, and ospreys. This is actually very unusual in that you can watch a lone fisherman fishing on the dock next to an otter floating on its back and cracking open a clamshell noisily with an abalone shell.
The herons walk alongside the rocks and fish in broad daylight and tolerate people strolling by and taking their photographs. The osprey that I have photographed last summer, is also comfortable around humans, so much so that it lands on the lamposts over the marina walkway and eats the fish it caught with total abandonment. The sea lions are huge and obviously catch their fair share of fish, but are also reluctantly ignored by the fisherman. When you order fresh fish from the fish market, the name of the boat captain appears next to the local catch of the day.
Last night we headed back down to Morro Rock- an extinct volcano plug, and the jetty after the storm subsided and watched the waves crash over the rocks that were harvested from Morro Rock to protect the bay. A pink rainbow emerged and a glorious sunset was on full display that turned burgundy, gold, purple, and red as the sun set into the sea. Curlews and sandpipers dashed and flew along the shoreline and the evening was topped off by going out to dinner at Tognazzini’s for fish and chips, a treat from Fred to the Durrant family. I took over 200 photographs yesterday, so not having to cook dinner at 8:00 pm was a welcoming reprieve!
I love Morro Bay and hope to continue to visit this sleepy town for many years to come. When we returned from our sunset and dinner, Callie greeted us with a belly flop and a warm welcoming meow. She is a very happy cat and loves the life of an RV kitty!