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Culture Shock

Today I was reminded of why I never want to live in California. Crowds where ever you go, lines, traffic, high prices, etc. I guess the flip side of that is that there is always something cool happening. I think I’m becoming a cynical old man. I could sacrifice some of the cool events for a bit of open space and quiet.

Pigeon Point Light Station

Pigeon Point Light Station

Pigeon Point Lighthouse

Pigeon Point Lighthouse

We departed Half Moon Bay under cloudy skies and cool temperatures. We stopped at Starbucks on the way out of town. Uh-oh, it’s Saturday and we waited 20 minutes for my cup of coffee. OK, back on the road and heading south with a steamy cup of good coffee, it was worth it. We were just cruisin’ along when suddenly there was a cool lighthouse on the horizon. With some quick action we turned off the highway onto the narrow access road to Pigeon Point Light Station. The light station is now a hostel and preservation project.

Then we were in Santa Cruz where we stopped to get more oil for the Mini. Next thing you know we were going through Monterey. I should mention that no one in California drives even close to the speed limit. Most of the time we were cruising at 85 mph just so we wouldn’t get run over. Its crazy! Once through Monterey we were driving along and came to a flashing sign that said the highway was closed 26 miles ahead. Surprise!! I checked google maps several times and it didn’t show that it was closed.

After calming down we back tracked several miles to cut over to highway 101. The i-pad still must be set to avoid highways because it took us down country roads instead of the freeway. I’ve got to have a look at that.

Our next stop was in Morro Bay where we were going to do another 10 km walk. Surprised again we drove around for over half an hour to find a parking place. This weekend is the Avocado and Margarita Festival. To top it off, at the walk start there were no more sheets of directions for the walk. So, undaunted we made up our own walk which included margaritas and the festival. Happy and relaxed we finished our walk and then made our way to San Luis Obispo.

Fishing boats at the marina

Fishing boats at the marina


The Morro Bay Avocado and Margarita Festival

The Morro Bay Avocado and Margarita Festival

Statues at Morro Rock

Statues at Morro Rock

I have one comment to make before finishing tonight. San Luis Obispo must be in a different universe. An expensive universe. The cheapest motel I could find is the Motel 6 at $255.00 per night!!! As if thats not enough, they charge $5.00 extra for wi-fi! To top it off, its a dive! I wouldn’t board my dog here. Travelers note, don’t even stop on your way through San Luis Obispo!! Everything here is way over priced. We are paying less for a much nicer place in downtown San Diego. Enough of my rant, I apologize.

Until tomorrow,

Jim

Morro Bay Harbor

Morro Bay Harbor

Morro Beech

Morro Beech

Posted by olytrains 20:57

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And here I thought Haystack Rock was in Oregon.

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