Plants, plants and more plants!

Trip Start Oct 20, 2012
Trip End Jul 11, 2013

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Saturday, June 1, 2013

After goodbye's to Karen and a cup of coffee at Elinor's [because Mary had left stuff in her car the night before] we departed Santa Monica and made our way up the Central Coast to Morro Bay, where we camped for the night about a block from the beach. Our camp host was an ex- hipipie/ ex-Golds Gym manager [ incongruous? ] who loved to read historical novels and offered free raisins to RV ers, (Random?) which were provided by George who sat in the office with his coffee [?]. He had apparently done quite well for himself selling his raisins to Post cereals, and here he was hanging out at our campground. I helped myself to a couple of bags - they were really good raisins ! 

Having taken the closest stretch of this route to Joe & Tina's n Westlake Village the night before, Elinor had pointed out a few spots of interest-especially as they pertain to a possible location of the future "Commune" that seems to be taking shape and and taking on substance with each passing day! Elinor suggested "Carpenteria" has THE MOST TEMPERATE climate anywhere in the country. AND, there are vineyards on all sides!  We'll share a it more on the "Commune" as it evolves! 



 We settled in at our site and walked down to the beach to experience the imposing Morro Rock, passing the local wastewater treatment plant, concrete plant and the hazardous waste collection sites next door which sat in the shadow of the tri-towered power plant. The beach was covered with gnarled masses of seaweed strewn within steps of each other, interspersed with the occasional horse or dog turd.    


 There were some beachcombers - combing for what ? - dodging the flotsam in their long pants and winter jackets as well as some heartier souls sunbathing in the 65 degree windscape who had cleared a spot in the sand. This was all on the north side of the rock, things got better on the south side, where we watched sea otters loll at water's edge, kayakers paddling in the bay and families playing volleyball on clean beaches across the bay from the village. We hiked around the rock to the jetty where waves pounded and sprayed 30' into the air, and the ocean echoed off the cliffs creating a stereophonic experience.  

Co-author's Note: I continue to gain back feeling in my left leg... the numbness that is gradually waning from the anesthesia/pain block from surgery.(They say this  is normal.)  The bad joke on me is that once the worst of the hip replacement was over, the RA came back with a vengeance.  But its seems to be just as bad whether I'm doing something or not so I might as well "do something"! Walking and riding bicycles and kayaking are the favorites.  
We hiked back, cleaned up and drove to the village to a wine bar which had been recommended by Raisin George [ in fact, he was already there when we arrived ], where you can have a tasting of 5 of the local Central Coast wines and a lovely cheese plate for under $40.

The owner, Aaron, is an affable young sommelier who had just opened 3 weeks prior and was quick to inform of all the attributes of his wines as well as all of his own attributes. The restaurant sits on the hill overlooking the bay and the rock [you had to crane the neck to see the tri-towers].It was quite the backdrop for a pacific coast sunset, dare I say romantic !  

We promised to mention " Bella Vino " in our blog, so there you are. It ended up being the perfect one-night stopover. Thankfully the wind didn't blow over the treatment plant !


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Connie on

ROMANTIC? - Did Bill Bill really say that?

Jim Martin on

Love, love California. Ranks up there with Montana.

Copy and paste. It will put a smile on your face and a rush of nostalgia.

AP a.k.a G-Mom on

OHHHHH I hope so .. Bella Vino.... smak!!! .... here it comes... 'L'chaim' ......It's to life in all languages (and let's add 'love'.!) Perrrrrfect!!XXOOAP

Anna on

Keep me posted on the Commune! Although I already bought in to another commune you proposed several years ago. No one less came through!

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