Blue skies, some overhanging clouds to the north! Larry and I walked a short stretch of the boardwalk along the beach in front of the hotel. Lovely place to walk or run.
After I made obscene noises over the homemade salsa served with the scrambled aggs at breakfast, we headed to the edge of Cambria for some hiking. Large parcels of land have been turned into a Greenspace, with miles of hiking trails and boardwalks. We started at the Fiscalini Ranch Reserve, and followed a spectacular trail along the bluffs over the sea, eventually wnding up high over the hills. There were a few enormous benches made of driftwood, wildflowers were starting to bloom (Marta, I'll be asking you to identify some plants), and we spotted a few sea otters in the surf. It was about two miles, a nice walk.
From here, we headed down the road to Morro Bay. Much more of a simpler beach town, with small houses clustered between the highway and the beach. Morro Rock is an enormous volcanic "plug" rising out of the water you can spot from miles away, sadly with some sort of industrial plant right in back of it. We took the top down on the car, and I'm glad I'm not the one who complained about the wind. Larry wanted to take a look at San Luis Obispo, so we headed there next. Very nice downtown area, and we sampled some olive oils and spreads before buying tapenade and oil.
Over to Paso Robles next. We wanted some Mexican food, so we chanced it on a little place in a strip mall. An abuela-looking woman in the kitchen, and Spanish being spoken at the tables were good signs. Had wonderful fresh tacos and burritos--for about 1/5 of what we paid for lunch the day before.
Drove around and visited a few wineries on "Shannon's List" before the boys mutinied. We'd love to return here--the wineries are small, unpretentious (well, most of them), the people take the time to talk, and we liked many of the wines. Bought a few bottles, wish we had the space to bring more home.
Beautiful drive over the hills back to Cambria. Larry and I headed back up to visit the Elephant Seals. Rather a different mood on the beach tonight, as the males have decided it's Date Night. Elephant Seal porn is rather disturbing, as the males relentlessly pursue the females. We saw several groups of males chasing a female down the beach until she got jumped by one of them. Look at their expressions--"C'mon honey." "Not tonight dear, I have a headache."
After looking through some menues of local restaurants (food seemed mostly overly fussy or cute, and entries over $20 ) we ate dinner at Wild Ginger. Really delicious, Pan-Asian food. Still expensive, but a wonderful meal. Humn. Need to be taking some food photos!