Jim wanted to go someplace warm (South) and I wanted to go someplace lazy (North).
Due to job #1 being short-staffed we couldn't take a whole week off, so a quick trip North it was.
First day ~ Santa Ynez for meeting up with Mike & BBB for wine-tasting.
And finding a few geocaches.
Mike was the DD and somehow got the three of us to five wineries, with stops at their two rental houses for picking out carpet and showing one of the houses.
Amazing we crammed that all into one afternoon...
Not really any pics to show.
Except Danny Thomas the pig enjoying himself.
He liked the wine.
So way too much fun on Saturday and Saturday night.
A hike was in order the next morning to
Explored a cool old cemetary and found a few more geocaches.
Always weird to see your birthday listed on a headstone...
Not the year ~ just the day!
Back to the house for a killer frittata made by Mike and trying to get Jesse the dog to show us her ugly teeth...
Had a blast and were invited back anytime!
Next stop, Pismo Beach!
Took the two lane highway from Los Alamos to Pismo and stopped at the Monarch Butterfly party place.
But only saw a few butterflys...
Did see some flooded picnic areas though!
Stayed at The Dolphin Cove Motel again.
We had stayed here a few years back for my birthday.
Teeny tiny little rooms with miniture showers.
Awesome view of the water.
Perfect!Hit a bbq place we had eaten at a few years back too.
Danny Thomas got nervous...
Too much pork on the menu.
Walked the pier the next day and poked around.
Now you see why we like this motel?
Then to Avila Beach for breakfast and a few wineries on the way to Cayucos.
Found a really cool motel (cheap again!) with each room having it's own theme.
We got the "Get your kicks on Route 66" room.
Enjoyed dinner at a full-on diner.
A piece of pie the size of Texas.
Broke the blinds in the bathroom trying to shut the window.
Shower the size of a throw pillow.
Still good though.
Rain, rain, rain the next day.
Took a drive to Morro Bay and watched the surf.
And wet kids on a field trip.Watched the history channel.
Walked the town of Cayucos.
Walked on the pier.Watched surfers jump off of the pier.
Had a beer in the tavern.
Yes, it is an actual tavern.
Checked out the antique
Jim got a haircut.
Shared a bottle of wine in the room.
Had an awesome dinner in town.
Jim had Hearst beef (from Hearst free range castle cattle) and I had a really spicy buffalo chicken salad.
Left money to buy new blinds in the motel room.
Wanted to stay for
Back to the grind.