We love the Morro Bay National Estuary. We’re inspired by the wildlife that lives here, the natural beauty of the place, the important role it plays for migrating birds on the Pacific Flyway, the seafood bounty it brings, the joy and peace that come from getting out on its waters. The list goes on.
We wanted to hear why others love Morro Bay. So, we asked local filmmakers Simo Nylander and Tom Wilmer to interview over 20 locals whose lives are intertwined with the bay and the estuary.
These stories give us personal reasons to continue to protect and restore this special place.
Kaila Dettman and Terry Hooker lived for a year on their sailboat on the bay. They remember staying on the boat during a big storm and feeling its power. Their son made some of his first memories here.
Tim Frein and Jack Moore of the Baywood Navy love the many different faces of the bay—the sand dunes, the scrub, the varied shorelines, Shark Inlet. For Jack, getting out on the water and exploring these places makes life worth living.
John and Virginia Flaherty get a kick out of the surprises the estuary offers, the flocks of sandpipers flashing across the sky, the harbor seals and sea lions that surface where you least expect them.
Mayor Jamie Irons fondly remembers taking his wedding photographs at Windy Cove.
Eric Endersby, Harbor Director, recalls herding a pod of dolphins out of the back bay.
Sharon Rowley is proud that three generations of women in her family have been captains of vessels on this bay. She and her husband John appreciate the fact that Morro Bay is still a working harbor, while the town and the estuary invite tourists and locals alike to relax and enjoy their time here.
As Sharon Rowley says, “It’s just always a good feeling being down here.”
To share in the good feelings, visit our website to watch and listen to these Bay Story interviews. If you have your own Bay Story, please post it to our Facebook page.