leave your inhibitions at the door
Los Angeles was awesome and we could’ve stayed there for much longer, but San Francisco was calling our names. The fastest route would’ve been to take I-5 , which is only a five or six hour drive. But it’s an inland highway and there are some awesome places on the coast. So we took the Pacific Coast Highway, an often-winding scenic route that hugs the shore.
But first, another round of Boba….
Our only plan for the day was to drive until we saw something interesting or got hungry with the end goal of spending the night in Carmel, just north of Big Sur. I’ve heard great things about Santa Barbara and thought that would be a good stop. We were approaching the town when it started pouring, taking away most of its scenery and any willingness to get out of the car. So we kept going north until we hit San Luis Obispo.
We were feeling indecisive so ended up at Blast Taproom for some pizza and wings. The pizzas were good and the wings were about average, but it was sustenance. I was more interested in their beer selection, which featured over 40 beers and ciders on tap –
That’s a good amount, but not that impressive. But get this – YOU POUR YOUR OWN. You get a bracelet with some kind of chip in it and you hold it up to the whatever beer interests you (they also had wine). Then just grab a glass and pour as much or as little as you want – you’re charged by the ounce. What an amazing idea…
Alas, we still had a couple hours to go until Carmel so I had to limit myself to 2-3 short pours. It started raining hard so we decided to take an inland route to Carmel. That turned out to be a good choice as we found out later there were some closures on the PCH due to mudslides.
When we got to Carmel, we walked round a little before settling on Affina, a “New American Fusion” small plate restaurant.
The tuna was fantastic, the rest…it’s not that they were awful, just not exciting. I had high hopes for the pork belly, especially since it was nice to look at, but it was served cold. I have a feeling all that is pretty good for Carmel – the richest, oldest, WASP-iest place I’ve been to in a very long time. #getmeout
Boom Boom and I saw Big Sur many years ago and knew it was something that couldn’t be missed…
We had one place to go before getting to our final destination – University of California Santa Cruz. My nephew is a grad student there and I’ve read many sources name it the most beautiful campus in the country. I’ve been to many, many campuses and live thisclose to the University of Michigan. Every one of them had the stereotypical standard brick and limestone buildings with large open spaces and grand trees — some prettier than others, but generally all the same motif.
At UCSC, there weren’t that many open spaces and the buildings were no one’s idea of beautiful. But damn, those trees were beyond grand –
That first picture was taken right after parking the car. The second one happened when we were walking around and my own personal nature called.
i.e. I took it while peeing. I’m a multi-tasker like that.
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