We woke up early the following morning and after a quick breakfast, my parents, my sister Deelow, Aunt Eps, niece Sam, and I packed our stuff into two cars and took a morning stroll by the seashore. The November wind was cold but little Sam couldn’t control her excitement when she saw the ocean. “Beach, beach, beach!” she excitedly shouted as she jumped up and down the Morro dunes with our dad following behind, recording videos.
The rest of us lazily walked on the sands with some parts being covered with beach plants. It was a autumn/winter weather and it was windy and the weather cold. The Morro Rock stood majestically on the background, a beauty to behold. A history of the formation of the rock stated,
“Morro Rock, a State Historic Landmark, was formed about 23 million years ago from the plugs of long-extinct volcanoes. Morro Rock was an important navigational aid for mariners for over 300 because the rock is approximately 576 feet tall which made it the most visible in a chain of 9 peaks. Portuguese explorer, Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo named the rock “El Morro” in 1542.
In Spanish “Morro” means crown shaped hill. Morro Rock, sometimes called the “Gibraltar of the Pacific,” is the last peak of the Nine Sisters, which extend from San Luis Obispo to Morro Bay.
The rock itself was mined on and off until 1963. Morro Rock provided material for the break water of Morro Bay and Port San Luis Harbor. In 1966, a bill was introduced which transferred the full title to the State of California. Later the San Luis Obispo County Historical Society and the City of Morro Bay succeeded in getting the Morro Rock declared as California Registered Historical Landmark #821. Morro Rock also became State Landmark #801 in 1968. The rock has since been designated a bird sanctuary for the peregrine falcon and other bird species.”
Another interesting fact about the Morro Bay is that this was the first recorded Filipino landing in the United States. A marker commemorate the event:
“During the Manila-Acapulco Galleon Trade era from 1565 to 1815 Spanish galleons crossed the pacific between the Philippines and Mexico. On October 18, 1587, the Manila Galleon Nuestra Senora de Esperanza commanded by Pedro de Unamuno entered Morro Bay near here. A landing party was sent to shore which included Luzon Indios, marking the first landing of Filipinos in the continental United States. The landing party took official possession of the area for Spain by putting up a cross made of branches. The group was attacked by native Indians two days later, and one of the Filipinos was killed. Unamuno and his crew gave up further exploration of this part of the coast.
Historical Landmark Declared by the
Filipino American National Historical Society
California Central Coast Chapter
Dedicated October 21, 1995 “
Before leaving, we took several group photos together and after admiring the view of the rock, we all headed back to our hotel to prepare to head east for our next destination.
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