You know that song “Do You Know the Way to San Jose”? Well we were humming a different version of it on the way to San Luis Obispo in the evening after our Hearst Castle visit. The landscape was decidedly more suburban as we traveled along Highway 1. Outside of a town called Morro Bay, we caught sight of this monolith in the bay. It is Morro Rock, a volcanic plug, a State Historic Landmark and a designated bird sanctuary. Our hotel clerk in San Luis Obispo told me that it was a “dormant volcano”.
It happened to be college graduation weekend at Cal Poly, and all of the hotels in the area were booked. Even though we had booked a couple of months ahead, our hotel proved to be less savory than the ones that we had enjoyed throughout our trip, though the staff were nice enough. The hotel will remain nameless even though we were encouraged to write a recommendation. I don’t think that they want people want to know about the broken bathroom window!