We had a great time this weekend driving down to Santa Barbara for the nuptials of A and J. We left around noon on Friday and drove that day to San Luis Obispo/Pismo Beach, and then drove the rest of the way to SB on Saturday before the wedding. Sunday we meandered our way back home, driving along the Pacific Coast Highway (Hwy 1).
Some themes from our trip:
We saw two gorgeous sunsets – the first, on Saturday, from the patio of the Greek Orthodox church where the reception was held. The church was up on a hill, and from the patio you could see down into a lush valley with the ocean in the distance. The second, on Sunday, we saw at a pull out along Highway 1 in Big Sur, just north of Nepenthe (where we stopped for a drink, some cheese, and fries…but no sweet potato fritters – they took them off the menu!)
Unbeknownst to me before our adventures this weekend, tri-tip was “invented’ on the Central Coast, near where we were. We had tri-tip sandwiches (clearly a regional specialty) twice – on Friday night at the Firestone Grill in SLO, and on Sunday for lunch at the Country Market in Los Olivos. The Country Market sandwich was the better of the two, but had we ordered our tri-tip rare at Firestone it might have been a close call.
- The Pacific Ocean We spent some quality time with the Pacific, first taking a morning walk along Pismo Beach on Saturday, and then soaking up gorgeous ocean views pretty much all day Sunday while driving along the (slightly windy) PCH. It was a beautiful, clear day – we couldn’t have asked for better weather.
Though not the reason for our trip, we came across a number of different animals: peacocks; elephant seals; and a big bass!
- Wine We stopped in to taste wine at a few wineries in the San Luis Obispo area. Vineyards are beautiful in the fall (and especially beautiful to us, since we visited Napa in the fall just before we started dating in 2005). Our favorite stops were Claiborne & Churchill and Wolff Vineyards.