on the right is Morro Rock stand 581 feet tall.
Morro Rock is a landform called a volcanic plug, created when magma hardens within a vent on an active volcano. There are a couple of theories about how this was actually formed 20,000,000 years ago, neither of which I fully understood. It is part of a series of ancient volcanic plugs that line the Los Osos Valley called the Nine Sisters of San Louis Obispo County. I did notice other peaks and I think a couple days later someone pointed one out, but I was a little sea sick and didn’t take a photo.
In 1542 a Portuguese explorer called the rock El Morro, because of the similarity to the Moors and their head-wraps. But he wasn’t the first to take note of the rock. Both the Salinan and Chumash tribes regard this rock as a sacred site. Normally the rock is off limits to climbers but the Chumash people climb Morro Rock for their annual solstice ceremony.