Saturday, August 18, 2012

montana de oro state park + morro rock

day 2 brought about free breakfast next door at the cute organic bistro good tides. because our b&b doesn't have a liquor license or its own kitchen, they have deals with three of the restaurants next door to comp guests staying at the inn. heidi went big w/the sweet potato waffles and i opted to fuel up with their breakfast burrito, as we had a hike looming.

after perusing the trails of nearby montana de oro and morro bay state parks, we settled on the valencia peak trail: a 4+ miler out and back with the option of extending to two other peaks (oats and alan).

on the way up
on the way down

we crested the peak in no time, but due to time constraints, we opted to turn back so we could spend some time on the beach, a stone's throw away from our parking spot at the trailhead.

after an hour of tomfoolery, we decided to make a pitstop at the bakery la parisienne and combine that with the sights of morro rock, a gigantic stone edifice that one can literally drive on to.

the rock
morro power plant

we headed back to the b&b for a quick change prior to dinner in downtown morro bay (and by downtown i mean one street - main st.). we settled on shawn's on main and were very happy with our decision. we split a calamari appetizer ahead of my main of rigatoni w/housemade sausage & dijon sauce, which was straight up bomb haha.

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