Such a busy, busy two weeks that we have had here. Before the chaos began, I was able to explore downtown SLO without all the crowds and vendors that gather on Thursday nights. Beside all the clothing stores that taunt me with their “3 tanks for $10” signs, I happened upon so pleasant art shops, music stores selling vinyl, and even a creekside park (shown below). Many of the restaurants along the creek have outdoor dining and with the weather the way it is here, I’m sure they get good use of it year round.
Then the weekend hit and it was off to San Fransisco. This trip was less about sightseeing and more about picking up the bride and groom (M & G) for their wedding which was to take place the following Friday here in Los Osos. We might not have seen much of San Fransisco but we made some stops on the way back so that G (who is from Kenya) would be able to see some sights as well. Below are a few pictures from a quick detour we just had to take when I heard we were near Santa Clara. When I was looking at schools for my Undergrad, Santa Clara was at the top of the list because of their stellar soccer team and the players they put out into professional leagues. Somewhere deep down inside me there’s a voice telling me it’s not too late and that I should try for Grad School! The first picture is taken outside their beautiful chapel (the kind that is booked out for years for weddings every weekend).
Then came the wedding preparations. As you can see from the picture below, the site for M&G’s wedding was a little hard on the feet but it was easy on the eyes. Spooner’s Cove is located in Montana de Oro below the Bluffs that I like to run. It is not always the warmest or clearest part of the coast but they had a beautiful day for the wedding! (more photos to come later on)
Work last week took me to many of the different locations for in service meetings but somewhere along the way we managed to stop for a quick bite to eat. This place, called Fig, has been on my mind ever since. I had the most delicious Moroccan Chickpea and Lentil soup and all I want to do is find my way back there.
Another nice place to eat is Ventana Grill, which is owned by the company I am interning for. The views from the dining room are absolutely incredible and the food is fresh (the kind of fresh that means green and bright and not bogged down with additives). This is another place I would recommend stopping to eat if you ever find yourself along the central coast.
Muy muy delicioso.
Late last week, the rest of the wedding guests arrived and the party began! The wedding rehearsal consisted mostly of climbing rocks…but hey! look at that view! It wasn’t easy getting up to the top but it was worth it in the end (i’m just glad I can still climb – it takes me back!)
Here’s a cute shot of the unique, but very appropriate cake for M&G. Being as M met G in Kenya while she was working, a cake like this couldn’t have suited them any better. The cake toppers were done by M herself!
Scattered around the yard, we had little signs like these that once again brought the two cultures together and fit the couple so well.
Once the chaos subsided, it was back to exploring. My aunt, cousin and I wandered back to SLO and she showed us an apparently famous wall….a wall of GUM. It was absolutely repulsing and yet intriguing at the same time so of course we wandered through the whole thing…with gum surrounding us. Some local businesses have gone so far as to stick their cards on the wall in hopes of getting business? … it’s safe to say, they won’t be getting mine. yuck!
This week has been all about surf camp, not for me but for my cousin. However it led to my greatest discovery yet – Avila Beach! Avila is a south facing beach so it’s usually the warmest and the least windy. Not only that but there is a trail close by to run called the Bob Jones Trail. It is 3 miles one way and 6 if you turn back (which I have no choice but to do). The goal is to make it a whole 6 miles eventually but for now I’ll stick with my walk back. Walking is how I discovered the spots by the water like the one below.
When you finish up your run, there are shops along the beach that offer cool refreshment and rejuvenation. My two favorites are the Avila Grocery and Deli and Joe Momma’s. I usually grab a bite to eat at the grocery store then head to Joe Momma’s for a smoothie or coffee. Views from the coffee shop are amazing as usual with a seating area upstairs that looks out over the beach.
The shot below was taken from the stairs that lead up to the beach (also a nice place to sit and enjoy the view). *French Kiss was the name of the smoothie and it is a lot like a pina colada.
Here is a look at one side of the beach from the pier.
The last thing I wanted to show you for now is a place I happened upon while driving to work. I was a little ahead of schedule and there is a park that I always pass on the way that looks like a great place to sit or walk. After making a few guesses, I found the right exit and found myself looking out at yet another wonderful view.
I am truly blessed to have an opportunity to see all these places and to experience them without the rushing around that is my normal life. I’ve had time to really think about what I want out of life and how I want to give back and I think that this place is really on to something! If you have the chance to visit, I highly recommend San Luis Obispo. It’s hard not to be in awe of your surroundings and really take time to appreciate it and take it all in. Here’s to making the most of my last month here! Who knows…maybe I’ll have a new furry friend soon to share it with 🙂 (hiii mom! – love youuuuu)
*click the smiley to see the husky!