Photos: Morro Strand Beach at Cayucus, California

With all the cold weather in Washington, DC, I decided to make the trek out to Southern California, the land of sun and stars. One of my stops was in Central California, to Cayucos (a Native American word for dugout). When I was a kid, we used to drive to neighboring Morro Bay for July 4th and watch the fireworks. The following day, we’d come out to this beach, and I’d search the sands for burned out fireworks.

The sun reflecting off the Pacific Ocean on Morro Strand Beach
Morro Strand Beach from the Cayucus Pier.

his photo looks like it was taken at sunset, but it was actually at 10:30 in the morning from the Cayucos pier. The sun is just above the picture.  This is Morro Strand Beach, which ends two Miles away at Morro Rock.

Cayucos Pier
Cayucos Pier

Above is the pier I was taking pictures on. The pier was partially closed of so it could be worked on. The waves in California can be pretty powerful, so piers can taking a beating, and this one has only been maintained sporadically since World War II.  If you look carefully in the picture, you can see the fence that closes off the end of the pier.

Despite the image of people on the beach in their bathing suits, basking in the hot sun, this beach was cold!  The wind blows in constantly from the sea.  Good for walking, but not so good for sunbathing!

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