Tom and I hadn't been up the coast for about ten years. That's too long. We like San Luis Obispo and that general area, so when we finally got some time off we headed north up the coast. It gets more and more beautiful the further north you go. It's also surprising how little of California is city. There's a lot more countryside and cows out there than freeways. I forget that living in such an urban area.
It doesn't take long to start feeling happy. The weather was crummy, by the way. Low 50's and threatening rain. We didn't care. There were wild flowers.
We ate lunch at Santa Inez at a very cool Mexican place with chicken mole tacos. I could eat those every day for a week. We went to the Mission and walked around for a while. They have a nice garden, and we liked the nice doors and wrought iron door handles and hinges. I love the combination of elegant baroque statues from Mexico and the very funky folk art they used to decorate the mission churches.
I love this last photo. Check out the bonsai trees on the balcony above.
After that it was a nice drive up to San Luis Obispo. We saw the huge rocks that go in a line out towards the ocean. There are 9 of them and they're volcanic plugs. I makes you wonder what used to go on there a long time ago. I didn't get any pictures, but you can read about them in Wikipedia. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nine_Sisters There's a nice panorama in that article, and the photographer had much better weather than we did. The last one at the edge of the ocean is Morrow Rock. It was raining lightly when we got to the town. I needed a cup of tea but didn't get one for quite a while.
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