I imagine most people might go to Pismo Beach for the beach, or surfing, or fishing, or clamming, or food, or wine, … but I go there when I need inspiration & a change of scenery to work out some algorithm ;)
After my dolphin morning in Pismo Beach, the plan was to go birdwatching in the central valley. Merced National Wildlife Refuge was great. San Luis National Wildlife Refuge was not. Cosumnes River Preserve was particularly disappointing. But Merced made up for it all.