"One does not discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time." -Andre Gide

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Two Notables: Morro Rock and the Power Plant

The two most recognized landmarks in our town--and in the Bay--are the Morro Rock and the Dynergy Power Plant.  These sisters have quite the history. 

The Morro Rock is 581 foot tall volcanic "plug" located at the mouth of the bay.  Climbing on the rock or disturbing its wildlife is strictly forbidden.  The Chumash tribe considers it sacred ground.  Birders love the rock for the peregrine falcon reserve.  Winds change direction erratically when travelling around the rock, creating difficult sailing conditions immediately around the rock.  This means that sailboats must motor in and out of the bay.  Sailing out of the bay, beside the rock, is difficult. 

The Power Plant was built back in the 1950's by Dynergy.  It was previously owned and operated by PG&E.  Currently, it creates reliable power for the central coast by natural gas.  The future of its tall stacks are unknown.  New plans to modernize the plant include removal of these "eye sores".

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