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Morro Bay Rock (s)

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I found out that Morro Bay isn’t just well-known for this very prominent rock. Morro Bay actually rock(s)! Hold that phone. We’ll get to that later…

I find my time in Morro Bay a little serendipitous.

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I usually do the other way, but this time I’ll show less pictures but with more words. Please bare with me.

Allow me to digress…

Do you happen to know or remember the part of the movie, “Benjamin Button” where Daisy got hit by a taxi? It talks about how our lives cross path, and how one thing leads to another or how one simple event can impact so much to another. Brad Pitt started with “Sometimes we’re on a collision course, and we just don’t know it. Whether it’s by accident or by design, there’s not a thing we can do about.” Then he goes on with a series of events that lead to one catastrophic event. It continued with a bunch of what if’s and could’ve been’s. It ended with …life being what it is – a series of intersecting lives and incidents, out of anyone’s control. Here’s a video link to understand what in the world I’m talking about … http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mTDs0lvFuMc

It’s kind of like the movie, Crash. There’s one incident that connects to a lot of individuals and their inter-relating stories.

Sort of like The Season 2 of the TV show, Lost. It deals with improbable coincidences. Something like.. with a person you know now, and there’s a possibility that yourself, or someone else you know (or vice versa) might had crossed path, met somewhere, sometime before in the past with that person you know now.

Another best example is the beginning of Magnolia. The movie started with stories that talks about coincidences and how a split second counts so much. Like a man who jumped from a high building. He didn’t really died from a jump. He died from a gun shot. There’s a lot more stories with insane coincidences like the person who conincindentally shot him was his mother, the mother didn’t know the gun was loaded, and that the man who jumped was actually the one who loaded the gun. The suicidal man just so happened to be at the same exact area where the bullet travelled. Here’s a video link to understand what the world I’m talking about … http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ec51smvcsDY&feature=kp

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Well, my coincidences are not as movie-type insane coincidences, but I just thought it somehow fits and worth the mention and share of the above list, and the talk of coincidences, destiny, and faith is really something cool to ponder on.

Me and my friend really enjoyed our stay in Morro Bay. We were not supposed to stop at Morro Bay. Here’s a series of events that would’ve been.

First off, I think I brought the right friend to come along with me to Hearst Castle and, then coincidentally, a stop to Morro Bay. If it wasn’t her, it would have been a different story.

We first planned it on a Sunday, but I insisted on rescheduling it on a Saturday. If it were a Sunday, we wouldn’t have agreed on staying there at Morro Bay longer at night-time knowing I still had to drive back and there’s work the next day. Luckily we did it on a Saturday, and we’re free the next day.

I just wanted to eat. It didn’t matter where. Well, we were running out of gasoline as well. I was thinking of just grabbing a hotdog or any quick bite at the gas station. We stopped. I pumped the car with gas. But the hotdog they had at the gas station looked so soggy that I just couldn’t trust it. If they would’ve had a good hotdog, we wouldn’t have kept driving forward and not stopped in Morro Bay.

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I already saw the very distinctive Morro Bay Rock before. But since the first time I was there it was foggy, I decided to check it out again.

My first time seeing Morro Bay Rock was foggy.

If it wasn’t a failed visit then, I mightn’t have stopped here again to take another look.

And so we did stop here … Morro Bay Rock is morro clearer than the first time. It was nearing sunset when we got there.

10421455_10152537144903578_7203885420386040544_n1623744_10152537144728578_70357209734600894_n We went to “eat” at Otter Rock Cafe. They said the waiting time is over an hour. It was already getting dark. I still had to drive back about another 2 and a half hours. I didn’t want to wait that long. Fortunately, someone offered their spot to us and that gave us less than 20 minutes wait. They said they will have a live band, so we decided to go for it and wait.

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What I didn’t know is that Morro Bay isn’t just well-known for this very prominent rock. Morro Bay really do is a rocking place! The first time I was there it was during weekday and the area was not as lively. This time, however, as it turns out, the street line of restaurants (even the next block over) usually have live bands playing. Me and my friend had been talking about seeing a live act. We were very satisfied with the performance that night.

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His name is Patrick Contreras. He’s a very promising musician (music video, labels, the whole nine yards). He’s a wicked, mad violinist. For something that didn’t have an entrance fee, he gave it all there when he performed. He was energetic, skillful, and just rocking. I was very impressed, as well as my friend. He even broke one of the strings of his violin at the second song but he continued on and still sounded awesome.

You may think it was low, but we really felt we just lucked out on a fun experience in Morro Bay. And there were just all these different things that might have change our course, and might have stopped us from being there.

This one is taken with my Samsung S3…

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Last Call…

This is a stripped picture I showed in my previous post strips.

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Read Debra’s (of breathelighter) recent serendipitous moment – A plan is only as good as the sum of its parts.

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    • What I know is that there are great spots for bird watching nearby. I went to check it out the first time I was there but ended up disappointment having seen nothing, or most likely couldn’t just find the spot. 🙂 Next time you visit, you might want to experience it in a different way. 😀

  1. I love your encounter with serendipity, Rommel, and it would appear that this time you had a much clearer view of THE rock. Lovely time. I will be in Morro Bay this next weekend for our yearly family reunion. I’m hoping we have clear weather. We’ve had gorgeous, clear summer skies, or wet, drippy fog that obscures everything. So we’ll soon find out. And we are possibly going to take the granddaughters up to Hearst Castle if we can fit it in. The weather may dictate that, too. 🙂 I enjoyed all your movie and television show analogies. Good ones!

    • I’m sure it’s clearer. We were there really nearing sunset and I’m sure it was clear on an earlier time. Have fun and safe travels, Debra. I’m sure I’ll read about it eventually. 🙂

  2. Looks great. Sometimes ‘life’ gets in the way of the objectives we have organised, whether it is a day, a weekend or longer. Isn’t it wonderful when it does!

  3. So glad you and your friend had a good time, things always turn out as they are meant if we just go with the flow. I really enjoyed your writing as well – more please!!!

  4. Gorgeous images.

    Interesting of synchronicity (Carl Jung):

    “A star fall, a phone call,
    It joins all,
    Synchronicity.

    It’s so deep, it’s so wide
    Your inside
    Synchronicity.

    Effect without a cause
    Sub-atomic laws, scientific pause
    Synchronicity”

    –The Police

    • Thank you for including the lines. It really fits for what I shared it. Thank you, thank you. I know Carl Jung from Psychology 101. Hihi 😀

  5. at first,you came to my blog. i visited your blog and you posted about kanji by chance. i’m curious about your blog. if you didn’t post, i’m not sure nowadays. it’s also coincident!

  6. I read you Morel Bay post a couple of days ago and didn’t have time to comment. Your writing is such a kick, and lots of fun to read. Comparing your bay experience to movies and television shows with inner stories that collide, is brilliant! Enjoy the day, and keep rockin’. 🙂

    • Yup! The spirit is always try to rock it out. 😀 I actually could not believe I listed four coincidence stories. Made me feel entertainment savvy. 😀

  7. Enjoyed your cleverly worked plot Rommel! And so glad the ending was at the far end of the spectrum from catastrophic! 🙂 You really should write more. The sunset shots are gorgeous.

  8. Great post, Rommel! Beautiful pictures and I LOVE your narration and links! I’ve learned that it’s good to always have a plan, but it’s not so good if one is not flexible enough to change that plan for other opportunities! If one is so rigidly locked into their plan, they can miss out on so much. Taught to me by experience! 😉

  9. Every single second of our lives leads to the next. It boggles the mind to think about, but I often do. I never would have met my husband and had my daughter if a single moment had changed. I’m very fortunate.

    • Thanks, Jude. I’m actually surprised how well the feedback on that pic, even on my post strips. That photo is more than a year old from my first visit there, but I only released it lately.

  10. It looks like your trip jived with a break in our “June gloom”. As a bit of a local I kind of relate to the foggy photo best. Although these are some of the best photos I’ve seen of the rock.

  11. Such a great story Rommel, and I am absolutely drawn into it because it touches on my favorite word in Chinese, yuan-fen (缘分) when opportunities arrive that create or enhance life/relationships and what you do determines where it goes. It seems that you had a great feel for this weekend ~ excellent writing. Also, love the photos, the 3rd one I thought was very cool, but the fog/mist with the tree in the foreground takes it.

  12. Love the movie quotes…I’m a quote junky! Hahahaha! What an interesting road trip you had and it just proves the saying “everything happens for a reason” and everything worked out perfectly on your weekend trip. 😀

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