We are holed up in Morro Bay, waiting for the next storm system to pass through. Prediction for today: lightening and thunder along the coast and possible water spouts! (If we see one, we are to travel 90 degrees away from it.)
On the way out of San Francisco, we made a side trip to the Farallones. There was still too much swell from the last storm system to get in close enough for wildlife viewing, and the big surf crashing against the islands made the landscape look even more menacing. The rocky outpost is surely the Devil's hellpot! We could hear the seals and sea lions but we couldn't see them. We did see another whale and our first shark though! Great whites inhabit the waters off the Farallones, but all we saw was the snarky dorsal fin come up off the stern of the boat, so we couldn't identify the shark for certain. There were two tears in the trailing edge of the dorsal that looked like slits. It was a chilling sight.
Then it was off down the coast. By morning, we were cruising along the magnificient stretch of coastline from Carmel to Morro Bay which includes Big Sur. This stretch of coastline is only lightly developed and is underpopulated. We could see Morro Rock a couple of hours before we entered the narrow entrance in the breakwater. Once in the harbor, we tied up to an anchor buoy. The dock was full, and we needed an excuse to try out our new dinghy, purchased in Alameda. It was my first time tying up to an anchor buoy, and I missed getting the bow line through the shackle on the buoy on the first pass, but I got it the second time around. Coming into unfamiliar harbors at night has been one of the more nerve-wracking experiences of our journey, and we try to avoid it: but sometimes it can't be avoided.
|Godwits Feeding in Morro Bay|
Brown pelicans were in abundance.
Beyond the estuary is a forest preserve which we did not get to. The preserve reportedly has a boardwalk trail and is another popular spot for birders.
We still don't have a good picture of our vessel at anchor, but our blog is finally official!
What fantaastic photos and commentary. Ben is breathing down my neck as we read the blog together. Bob has been to Morro Rock, and, as you say, found it an incredible setting; a volcanic plug! never heard of such a thing. Patrick, your photos are fabulous!ReplyDelete
Incredible photos - what camera are you using?ReplyDelete
Thank you. Nikon D700 with, unfortunately, only a DX format zoom lens - 18-200 MM.ReplyDelete
This blog is great, Kirsten and Patrick.ReplyDelete
Too bad it was so turbulent when you went by the Farallones. But sounds like, even at a distance, you were able to glisten what a bustling and cacophonous metropolis of wildlife that place is. And what a creepy thrill to see that shark. I seem to recall hearing that great whites especially like to go out there in January (?) to snap up fat lil' elephant seal pups....
I was getting ready to start badgering you about setting up a blog. You beat me to it!ReplyDelete
K, you should share the links to new posts on your Facebook Wall as well. Commenting there is more sociable.
Great Blog, am so glad you guy's had such a nice trip down. Enjoy yourselves, GaryReplyDelete
So glad you got your blog going. We'll be tracking you down the coast. You are missing NOTHING here in Seattle, same old, rainy cold ho-hum...ReplyDelete
Awesome pics! I look forward to reading your blog and hearing about your adventure. Enjoy!ReplyDelete
It is January 12, 2012 and no blog so far this year. Who is the skipper and 2nd mate, I wish to lodge a complaint.ReplyDelete