Enviro’ friendly coastal driving. Long weekend traffic. Dry coastal mountains. Picturesque towns. Another lovely B&B.

Our body clocks woke us about an hour early this morning but we were able to ignore our built in alarms and return to our slumbers for a while longer.  We were not in a particular hurry to get going today so it was nice to be able to sleep a little longer.

We dined in one of the hotel restaurants for breakfast and we kept our intake of food down quite a bit.  Nice not to feel too full first thing in the morning.

We had booked a car for pick-up today (they didn’t deliver to the hotel) so I left the hotel around 10.00 and caught a taxi to the Avis office at the airport.  The distance to the airport was quite short but it still set me back 40.00 USD.  Quite expensive after HK taxi fares.

I was given an option to take an upgrade and, as it turned out, we were allocated a new Nissan Maxima Hybrid!  The money saved in petrol will be worth the extra daily cost.  It is quite strange to not hear any engine noise after starting the car.  It is very nicely appointed and drives really well.

I found my way back to the hotel without any problems and I managed to stay on the correct side of the road and not scare myself.  Mind you – the mental process takes a lot of energy.

The bellboy retrieved the luggage and the Princess and loaded our bags for us.  After confirming directions we left the Marina Del Rey area around 11.30 and headed North along the Ventura Hwy toward San Louis Obispo

The drive took us along the beachfront for quite a lot of the way.  The beaches are nothing to get excited about but the contrast between the fragile and dry shale hills and the blue Pacific Ocean is very nice to see.

We passed through Santa Monica, Malibu, Ventura, Santa Barbara and a variety of small towns before taking a longer break in San Louis Obispo.

This pretty little town is surrounded by wineries and scenic mountain ranges.  It is very clean and tidy and we look forward to going back tomorrow for a longer visit.

The town we are staying in Morro Bay is only a 15 min drive from San Louis Obispo but we took the wrong road so it took a little longer.  However, the drive was worth it because the scenery on the way to the town was “easy on the eye” – rolling hills, steep canyons and winding roads.

We arrived in Morro Bay around 6.00pm and found the B&B Marina Street Inn without needing any guidance.  Our hosts (Vern and Claudia) met us at the door and “checked” us in with a quick run down on the

house, our room and the breakfast arrangements.  They have a beautiful labrador dog that just loves cuddles.  He has a personality of a human.  Very adorable.

The town of Morro Bay is very pretty and has lots of photo’ opportunities.  It has a large hill on a headland called the Morro Rock.  It is a huge bluestone outcrop that provides a dramatic background setting to the harbour and main beach.

After sharing an excellent glass of local wine with our hosts we arranged our camera gear and some warm clothes (it is still quite cold here by the ocean) and took the car down to the harbour area and took some pre-sunset and sunset photo’s.

We also took in the sights and sounds around the small harbour area.  This included two very large fur seals that were waiting for a feed from the local fisherman.

The Princess got quite cold in the evening air so we drove along the waterfront and selected a place to eat – The Embarcadero Grill .  We both ordered the salmon salad and shared a clam chowder soup.  A simple but tasty meal that was complemented by a glass of Pinot Noir (from the local area too) will keep us going until breakfast.

We are about to make the most of what looks like a comfortable bed in the “Rambling Rose” bedroom that we are staying in.  I don’t think either of us will have trouble falling asleep tonight.

Until tomorrow.  Ciao!!

R&P

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