|Nicole at Montana de Oro State Park|
second "daughter," Lexie. Arriving mid afternoon we didn't realize the drive, with rush hour traffic, would be 5 hours to our destination, San Luis Obispo (referred to as "slo" by the locals.) Heading north along the dark, foggy and curvy roads of the coastal mountain range provided for a stressful driving experience, luckily for Alan and I, our daughter, Nicole, volunteered to chauffeur.
Next on the agenda, the nearby Morro Bay State Park provides calm waters for kayaking, canoeing,(rentals available) fishing, and golfing. Due to the cool weather and our failure to pack appropriately for this type of outing we decided to forgo the kayaking this time. Home to two dozen endangered or threatened birds, such as the peregrine falcon and winter home for 70 other birds, the park is perfect for birders.
Boutique wineries and vineyards dot the countryside surrounding the slo area. One day found us driving out in search of the best. Research of this type requires a concerted effort, but we felt we were up to the challenge. Several hours and wineries later, we had purchased 12 bottles of wine to ship home and decided to call it a day.
Following day we drove about 15 minutes south of slo to Pismo Beach for a surf competition and clam festival. Entertainers provided music on the pier, vendors sold clams prepared a myriad of ways, surfers rode the surf with style, and contestants vied for the title of Best Clam Chowder for 2010.
|Micheal and Lexie|
dined in the lovely outdoor dining room accompanied by toasts and speeches. Wine flowed freely as the band played and guest danced the rest of the evening away.
(Just a little background--Terry, father of the bride, and Lucy introduced Alan and I thirty-five years ago, and then performed the ceremony for our wedding several years later.)