Friday, June 06, 2008

Central Coast

Everyone keeps asking if I'm excited to move to Arizona. I'm excited to be done with school. I'm excited that Tyler will have a grown-up job and we can afford things we have heretofore gone without (like, real health insurance). I'm excited to have a washer and dryer in my house and not down two flights of steps in the car port. I feel OK about Arizona, I'm just really, really sad to leave San Luis Obispo. I was thinking the other day that this is one of the places that people save their whole lives to be able to retire here. The weather is great, it's green for a lot of the year without having too much rain, it's close to the beach, it's close to the mountains. There's outdoorsy things, there's artsy things, the people are really nice, it's got a small-town feeling without really being that small of a town.

Anyway, so I started thinking of Central Coast-type things that I want to do before I left here. The list is pretty short so far:
  1. Eat at Sylvester's is Los Osos. Sylvester's is a hole-in-the-wall hamburger place (seriously: it only has four tables, two of which are two seaters) that makes the best hamburgers on the central coast. Aside from the fact they only give you two napkins a piece (the burgers they serve require maybe 20 napkins) so you have to ask for more and the waitress always gives you a dirty look, it's really fabulous. (We ate there for dinner tonight, so I guess I could check this one off.)
  2. Visit Big Sur. I've driven through Big Sur, which is about an hour north of here, and looked at the trees and thought, "wow, this is pretty," but have never stopped. Probably, I should go there at least once before I move away.
  3. Have/attend a corn feed. This mission will be accomplished in a few weeks.
  4. Eat a peanut butter chocolate chip cookie from Cowboy Cookie. You get a sizeable cookie and a glass of milk for $2. And they're the best cookies ever.
I would say "visit Hearst Castle" but I've been there and (sorry Myriah) I thought it was lame. I would also want to go hike Bishop's Peak once more, but Lillian hates the backpack and I can't carry her anyway, and I can't barely even climb the two flights of steps to my apartment, so how am I going to hike a mountain?

Any other ideas?


Claire said...

Just some ideas:

Get a Jamba Juice from the original store.

Play at Montana de Oro.

Eat some ice cream pie at the Sea Shanty in Cayucos.

Play frisbee (this could also probably be accomplished in a couple weeks).

Hang out with some Ashbys (again- tcapbaiacw).

Eat some cake at the Madonna Inn.

People-watch at the Mission.

Go one last time to Farmer's Market.

Anne & Aaron said...

exercise more

Myriah said...

I had no idea you were a hater.

As you know, i love it. It's just a different world up there. I feel like I'm walking in a storybook. My imagination just goes wild. I think it's better than Disneyland.

I also love the views up there. It is so beautiful, and it reminds me how lucky I am to live here.

Of course, I am sooo over the first tour, but I do enjoy watching the film in the IMAX theater.

My dream is to be let loose up on that hill, and just explore the castle. Me and the castle. That would be awesome.

I feel the same way about Hogwarts. I want to explore that castle, too.

Anyway, you don't have to love it.

One less thing for you to do.

Anyway, I would do a drive by of all the places I have lived and take a picture, if you don't already have a picture of the outside already. That's not SLO specific, but it's something I wish I had done in my travels.

I like all of Claire's suggestions, although I've never heard of the Sea Shanty.

Say what?!

Bluebell said...

Have you seen the elephant seals along hwy 1? They are before you get to Cambria, I think.

I didn't like Hearst Castle, either.

And Montana de Oro was one of the best camping places, we loved it. Big Sur is also well worth it.

Have you figured out your housing yet for AZ? Just wondering.

And finally, congratulations on graduating, both of you. Wish we could be there for your party.

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