On the Hook in Port San Luis


The small harbor of Port San Luis is located adjacent to Avila Beach, a quintessential California beach town.  It is also the closest harbor to our home port of Morro Bay, at a distance of just under 20 nm.  Our schedule suddenly opened up on July 5th, since the 4th was on a Wednesday this year, and it broke up our usual weekly list of things to get done—we’re still preparing the boat for cruising and adding to our kitty.   The biggest draw is the weather, Avila is much warmer than the summer fog of Morro Bay. 65 degrees in Morro Bay equals 90ish in Avila.

We had an uneventful downhill sail on a beautiful day, enjoying the rugged coast line of Montana de Oro,  Point Buchon and being careful to stay off Diablo Canyon Nuclear power plant by at least a mile.  The dogs settled in nicely,  as the seas were fairly calm for the area. It was about a 4 hour trip, arriving well before the sun set.

We decided to anchor instead of moor, to save the $17/day for the guest moorings, and also to enjoy the quiet solitude of being further out from port.  After staying there a few days and shuttling the dogs in our dinghy, I think we’ll pay the mooring fee next time.  Continue reading “On the Hook in Port San Luis”

Hiking the Sand Spit in Morro Bay

Hiking the Sand Spit, March-Sept (snowy plover protection period)
*This is the North end of the Morro Bay sand spit and not part of the State Park.  Access by water.*

I’ve got itchy feet. I’ve always been short on patience, but we are “stuck” here in “Beautiful Morro Bay” until the boat and we are cruise ready.  That’s what the locals call it , “Beautiful Morro Bay.”  It’s a tiny hamlet on the central coast of California with a small fishing fleet, a narrow channel of moored boats, some in better shape than others.  Don’t get me wrong, I like Morro Bay, I’m just not in love with it. I long for aqua clear waters and white sand beaches and warmth.  (Ask me again when we’re sweltering in the Sea of Cortez about the warmth thing, I’m sure I’ll have a different perspective).   It’s our first summer on the boat here and it has been cold and foggy.  The water is too cold to swim in.  We light the diesel heater every night. In. July.  Granted, I could drive for 45 minutes to Paso Robles where it’s 104, but there is no water there, so I regularly take this hike with the dogs and thought I would share it with you so that if you find yourself here waiting for weather, or just enjoying the surroundings you can get away from the crowds on the Embarcadero.   Continue reading “Hiking the Sand Spit in Morro Bay”