Day 1 started off with a sunny crisp morning.
The marine layer burned off early, so I ventured out in my flip flops to downtown San Luis Obispo by 10:00 am.
The first stop was the San Luis Obispo Mission de Tolosa, where I browsed artifacts from the Chumash Indians, colonial Spanish, and other settlers. The mission contained a beautiful small garden of desert plants.
The next stop was the small Museum of Art and speciality boutiques downtown.
Feeling a hankering for breakfast at noon, I stopped at the local hangout Luisa’s Place, where I inhaled a Spanish omelette. They were not stingy with the sour cream and guacamole! (the best parts as far as I’m concerned). The meal was served with toasted sourdough bread, drenched in butter, which was so heavenly good, I resolved to bake my own at home in the near future.
After spending more time strolling the downtown streets, I headed to Avila Beach. During the week, this beach is practically deserted. Nothing better than feeling like you’re vacationing on your own private sands…
That evening after the sun set, I headed back to San Luis Obispo for the weekly Farmer’s Market that brings out the whole town! Highlights included a pie throwing booth where customers can chuck a cream pie at a fraternity guy from nearby CalPoly, and Lord of the Cello, who entertained the crowd with dramatic flair.
It was a great first day in California’s Central Coast, and I knew Day 2 would be even better.