Thursday – June 2, 2016
On this segment of our travels, we will spend the weekend with my sister and her husband at their vacation home in Cayucos, California.
As we approached Morro Bay from the south, on California State Route 1, under a sunny, clear blue sky, a wall of heavy fog completely enveloped the town of Morro Bay.
Upon our approach to Cayucos, the fog lifted and a sunny, blue sky reappeared. As we learned later, the Pacific coastal fog is prevalent in this region through the summer months. The fog tends to be confined to the coastline; about a mile inland, sunny, blue skies prevail.
Cayucos is located on the Central California Coast in San Luis Obispo County, California along California State Route 1, between Cambria to the north and Morro Bay to the south. The population was 2,592 at the 2010 census.
Cayucos is a complete resort providing relaxation away from the heat and smog of the California valley, inland, and metropolitan areas. The Cayucos Pier, miles of sandy beaches and Morro Bay with its majestic Morro Rock and scenic Cambria are a popular vacation destination. The region is populated with several vineyards, with a few of them offering wine-tasting tours. The famous Hearst Castle, in San Simeon, is just a short drive north of Cayucos.
This region of California was inhabited by the Chumash people approximately 11,000 to 10,000 BC, including a large village to the south of Cayucos at Morro Creek. Cayucos is the Chumash word for "kayak," or "canoe," used by the Chumash people to fish in the bay, particularly in the rich kelp beds just north of the current Cayucos pier. The town took its name from the old Rancho Moro y Cayucos, a Mexican land grant awarded in 1842 that includes the present area of the town.
Tomorrow another adventure begins.
Departed: Carrizo Plains Monument – near Santa Margarita, California
Departure Time: 10:00 A.M.
Arrived: Cayucos, California
Arrival Time: 12:45 P.M.
Cellular Service: Verizon – 4G-4 Bars
Internet Service: Verizon Jetpack – 5 Bars
Total miles traveled today: 91
East on Selby Road
Nouth on Soda Lake Road
West on California State Route 58
South on U.S. Highway 101
North on California State Route 1 to Cayucos