We spent the day exploring San Luis Obispo (SLO) and their beaches!
We planned this stop to be a beach stop, so we headed out to the coast for the day. There are a couple of beach towns down the road, so we chose to go out to San Luis Obispo (SLO). It's right on the Pacific Coast Highway (PCH). It definitely looks like what an East-Coast girl (like us) would imagine what a California beach town would look like. There are a ton of surf shops (and surfers) and restaurants. We did get a free parking voucher from a nice couple who bought too many hours, which was great! We explored around a little but and decided to head out to the beach to get our tans on! Only, apparently, our New England/Irish skin and SPF 30 really doesn't like the sun, even when it's covered with clouds! Luckily, it's not as bad as it could have been (or has been), but it means that we will need to do even more evening out! We spent a couple of hours at the beach, watching the surfers. When they are all in their wetsuits, I know better than to go into the water! If it's too cold for the locals, it's too cold for me! We stepped in the ocean a few stops back and it was frigid! We did some more exploring around town and found a Starbucks to charge everything. (It's a really good thing we stashed all those gift cards! They've really come in handy.) Then we headed back to the camp. We accidentally missed the driveway/parking lot, so we drove down to the end of the road, to the Santa Margarita Lake. Apparently, the bear activity level here is very high...there was a bear that was trying to get into someone's chicken coop in July. And that was in the city itself. Gotta make sure everything is locked tight in the car!
It's off to LA tomorrow! I hope there aren't too many (or any) bears there!!