Green eggs but no ham

Trip Start Jun 30, 2010
Trip End Aug 15, 2010

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Monday, August 2, 2010

Guess what? The toilet blocked again so we had to go thru the plunger rigmarole for a second time. The lady at the front desk kept the same face (I asked her if she ever went home as she seemed to be the only person there). None of us were sorry to be leaving. At breakfast there was one friendly, amusing guy and we chatted about the food on offer. 'That toast is toast!' (there was some forgotten toast in the toaster) sort of conversation. He asked me whether I had seen the eggs which I had. They are obviously frozen and come in a bag. The water this morning was a greeny colour. Yesterday it was an off yellow. Hence the inability to eat them even though and an egg for breakfast is the best way to go. I am also hanging out for a banana. It is amazing what you miss when you can't get it easily. 
We thought since we were near the Napa Valley we should try at least one winery. My book mentioned one that was like a castle - we went there, it was not like a castle and it was not open until 11am. There was only about 20 mins to go but they refused to budge so we left. We went to Napa town where we had thought about tasting wines in a 19th century brothel but then realised that you had to pay about $25. I find the need to pay so much for a tasting rather hard to stomach. They do this in WA to some extent but if you buy something you get the money back. We did do a tasting at the Andretti vineyard (owned by Mario Andretti the racing car driver) because we got a two for one offer at the information centre. It still cost us $7.50 each and got nothing back even thought Yukari bought a bottle. The wine was OK but the reds had too much tannin and/or oak for my taste. I nearly bought one bottle of white but it was over $40 and I can buy ones just as good at home for around $10. 
Monterray, Carmel-by-the-sea and the Big Sur were next on our list. Monterray has a fisherman's wharf and lots of seals sunbathing in/on people's boat tenders. There is also an historic park but the buildings were closed due to the financial straits the Californian government is in. Carmel was just a town - we went to the beach but it was too cold to even sit for a while so we carried on. I thought the Big Sur was a flat drive along the seaside but instead the road winds along the cliff for about 100 miles. It did not seem that different from the northern Oregon coast - fog, wind, slow driving, nice views of rocky cliffs etc - but at least now I can say I have driven along it. 
Dinner was in a cute little pizza place in Cambria about 20 miles north of Morro Bay where we are staying. If you ever go to Cambria, I recommend JBJ Roundup Pizza.
We made it to Morro Bay but had to get the key out of the front post box and basically book ourselves in. Not so different from travelling to small towns in WA but this is a busting metropolis - almost. The room is big and the toilet works - the breakfast is also much better and they have a spa! Heaven.
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Jane on

Are you going to visit Barrack? or are you just doing the West coast - and wot about Texas!!

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