Election day!

Trip Start Dec 14, 2007
Trip End Mar 16, 2009

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Flag of United States  , California
Wednesday, November 5, 2008

the San Luis Obispo wine region where we'd be over nighting in a little town on the beach called Avila Beach.
Not long after we'd left Big Sur we noticed a few strange shapes on the beach and upon closer inspection found them to be a colony of elephant seal. It was fascinating to see these massive creatures up close and watch the interaction between them. According to the information boards the elephant seals were almost hunted to extinction for their blubber but fortunately their numbers are steadily recovering.
The greater Santa Barbara area is also well known for its wine production so naturally we had to add this onto our itinerary. We stopped off at the tourist office in San Luis Obispo to see if we could find maps of the wine country and at the same time stumbled onto a little wine store that offered wine tastings. This gave us a great introduction to the wines of the area and allowed us to make a short list for the afternoons visits. We did taste one particular Sauvignon Blanc that was worth mentioning not because it was great but because it possibly was the most disgusting wine I'd ever tasted. It had overwhelming aromas of the ocean and tasted exactly like oysters. It took me the rest of the afternoon to clear the foul taste from my pallet.
Since I was driving and everything I passed across my tongue tasted of oyster, I left the wine tasting to the girls who seemed to thoroughly enjoy the tastings. We bought a few good bottles but ultimately ran out of time as most of the cellars close between 4pm and 5pm.
We managed to find a great online special for little Hotel called La Fonda that typically would have been way out our budget. The hotel resembled a little Mexican village and was beautifully decorated and each room was kitted with every conceivable appliance, complimentary food and drink hampers and to top it off, a spa bath and luxury 3 head shower. This was the perfect base for us to watch the US presidential election on our 42" plasma TV.
After a great BBQ dinner we settled in with some good Sonoma wine to watch the election results stream in which made for a very exciting evening. From the start Obama was in the lead and before we knew it we were celebrating his victory. Having watched all the candidate debates we had been Obama supporters from the outset so were very excited about his victory and what it might mean for the rest of the world.
Sadly this was also Ambers last night so we made sure we had an extra celebration before she made her way back to Dubai, we sure were going to miss her.
Next morning it was a rush to get the car packed so we could hit the road to get Amber to the airport on time. The drive was mostly plain sailing except for some unexpected roadwork's which had Amber chewing her nails in the back seat. At the end of the day we got her to the airport with plenty of time to spare. After our brief farewells we hopped back into an empty feeling car and headed south.
Thanks Amber for joining us and making the Californian road trip a little more memorable. We had a great time and are missing you already.....
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