This past week turned out to be pretty lazy ...
Trip Start Jun 29, 1999
29Trip End Dec 04, 1999
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Friday, October 8th
This was the 6th time I've seen Pavement live. It was the best I've ever seen them play. It's great to be able to see a band in what is, essentially, their hometown. The sound was fantastic and they had a couple of great jams going and when they finished the show with "Two States" the place just went mad. The crowd was into the show from start to finish. Until that night I had never seen people actually dance to their music before. It was very interesting.
Saturday, October 9th
Bev left for L.A
Sunday, October 10th
I decided I had better see the rest of California before I have to rush over to Las Vegas so I headed out of town southward on Hwy #1 to Santa Cruz. The downtown area of Santa Cruz is very nice but I spent most of my day wandering around the "Boardwalk" (it's cement). The Boardwalk is a beach in midway area that will kind of remind most of you of a permanent CNE. I had to take a ride on The Giant Dipper which is worth the money at only $3. This is the 75th Anniversary of this venerable roller coaster which is now a US Historical Landmark. It's a great ride and will surprise you! It's rare that a roller coaster doesn't crank its way up the big hill first thing. I wanted to check out the Surfer's Museum but it closed at 5pm. I camped at a State Park on the beach just south of Santa Cruz and enjoyed a great sunset.
Monday, October 11th
I ventured inland a bit to Salinas and the John Steinbeck Centre
Tuesday, October 12th
What a great day to do absolutely nothing. I headed southward into the Big Sur area and made myself some lunch at Pfieffer Big Sur State park. I then took a short hike (it was supposed to take 2 hours, I did it in 45 minutes) to the top of Buzzard's Roost. With a day this nice it would be a waste not to go to the beach. I headed down a narrow one lane road to a little known beach called Pfieffer Beach where for 5 bucks for parking I spent the rest of the day. This beach was incredible - beautiful white sand, crashing surf, little sea caves and giant wave breaking rocks. I just sat down there with my camera and the Grape of Wrath and enjoyed life. The best part of Big Sur is that it's perfectly free and legal to sleep in your car by the side of the road. I picked out a nice clifftop view so when I awoke the next morning I'd be immediately impressed.
Wednesday, October 13th
The sleep wasn't the greatest but you get what you pay for. I drove a little further down the coast. Big Sur is spectacular! Alas, it is also expensive. I paid $2.60 per gallon of gas and a muffin cost me 2 bucks. I found another secluded beach and this one was free and lazed away the day again
Thursday, October 14th
The first thing I did this morning was finish off "The Grapes of Wrath." I wanted to get that done before I saw how the richer folk lived during the same era. I drove down to San Simeon to tour the Hearst Castle. You can take 4 different tours of this palace and each costs $14. I took the beginner's tour. I must say it was impressive and William Randolph Hearst sure knew how to spend his money. Since this castle houses museum quality artifacts including Egyptian statues from 3500 BC, an authentic Roman fresco, and many works of art from the Renaissance the guides stay very close and don't let you alone to linger. I wanted to hork a big loogie into the pool in the name of Tom Joad but I couldn't do it without being caught. The place is very impressive and I definitely would recommend visiting it. Now I'm in San Luis Obispo. It's a nice little place that I haven't really looked over yet but I did find Bubble Gum Alley where slightly used gum covers 12 foot walls. It's kinda fun.
I guess the really big news is that I've secured a Jeopardy! audition for Thursday, October 28th in LA. This means a little backtracking during my trip but I think it'll be worth it. My next planned stops are Santa Barbara, Joshua Tree, and Death Valley before heading over to Las Vegas.