We share observations and reactions from a beautiful morning along the Embarcadero in Morro Bay, located along the Central Coast coast of California, midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles by the scenic coastal Highway 1. It’s known for iconic Morro Rock, an ancient ‘volcanic plug’ or mound at the end of Morro Rock Beach with ‘Morro’ meaning ‘crown-shaped’ being a unique coastal landmark that mariners would use to safely bring their ships ashore. The rock sits within Morro Bay State Park, home to lagoons, trails and a bird-rich saltwater marsh. There’s an abundance of year-round outdoor activities like kayaking, surfing, boating, hiking and biking while exploring miles of wildlife along beautiful sandy beaches and dunes… just don’t try to climb the rock! We also share why the tall smokestacks from the power plant protrude above the sightline of this quaint town. Foodies can delight in a bounty of fresh seafood straight from the bay. We’ve found reasonably priced lodging at inns and Airbnb’s.