Thursday, September 25, 2008

Hiddenbrooke Garage Sale This Saturday

We've been getting ready sorting through our stuff for this Saturday's Hiddenbrooke neighborhood garage sale. It starts at 8am and you can get a map of all the participating houses at the info booth. Come by and visit us at 8150 Carlisle Way.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

SLO Bound-Day 2

The next day, we drove to Pismo Beach to enjoy some sun, and boy was it beautiful. Who knew that driving a mere 20 or so miles away from foggy Morro Bay would bring the sunshine out in full force. I did venture into the semi-cold water, but with the sun out and shining, it was rather enjoyable. Becky loved Pismo Beach's fine sand. Pismo gets better and better every time I return. I still say it's one of the nicest beaches in CA. After enjoying a couple hours laying in the sand, we roamed around the boardwalk area in search of some food. We had a late lunch over at Mo's BBQ. Later afternoon we drove to our new hotel, Sycamore Mineral Springs Resort in Avila Beach. We got mixed reviews about the place from Trip Advisor, but with a hot tub for every room, we just had to try it out. This place was awesome, along with the hotel grounds. Every room is named for something bordering on the romantic side, and ours happened to be called "Yearning". The grounds had all sorts of cool stuff, including rock gardens, bridges, a yoga dome, trails, gardens, gazeebos, benches, beautiful flowers, and of course hot tubs galore. It was like a mini Disneyland, as the concierge called it. And don't get me started on our room. It had a living room with fireplace, fridge, couches. The bedroom had a four post raised bed. The bathroom had a huge shower with 2 heads. And of course right outside the bedroom was the fresh water hot tub. Some rooms had sulfur tubs, others had mineral water, and some had fresh water. All we cared about was that the water was hot! Did I mention the room had bath robes. This place became new favorite place to stay when visiting SLO. After taking a quick shower, we headed to downtown SLO to catch the farmer's market. Little did I know that trying to go to a farmer's market in the summer would be like going to Disneyland on a Saturday. It was packed. Finding parking took forever, and there were people EVERYWHERE. I couldn't tell if they were all tourists or locals. All I have to say is things have changed in 10 yrs since I went to school there. The food of course was still awesome, along with all the produce they were selling, and the live music everywhere. After fighting off the crowds, we decided to head back to the hotel and use the tub.

Saturday, September 6, 2008

SLO Bound-Day 1

Back in July, Becks and I had the chance to go visit my old college town of San Luis Obispo during the middle of the week. We spent our first day roaming around the Morro Bay area, checking out the shops, visiting Morro Rock, having dinner at one of the local seafood restaurants, and watching birds diving into the water during sunset. It reminded me a lot of a more low-key, less busy downtown Lahaina area. We found some pretty cool shops, including a vintage tin sign store that had some really funny stuff. Check out the Ponch one. One thing that I didn't get to take Becky on that I've done a lot is kayak in the bay. I think I've kayaked in Morro Bay well over 10 times. Perhaps next time. As for the weather, it was a bit foggy and chilly till late afternoon, but we still had fun. We enjoyed a nice dinner at the Galley Seafood Grill and Bar, which was #1 on Trip Advisor for Morro Bay restaurants. I tried their crabcake, which was awesome, as well as their calamari steaks...which consisted of 3 very filling servings. Becks stuck to the steak. We spent our first night at the La Serena Inn, which was very nice.