March 16, 2015
So, Saturday mom and I drove over to Cayucos with the intention of checking out the Sea Glass Festival, which I thought looked like a lot of fun, and seaglass seemed like a neat thing to start collecting in a vintage mason jar. The drive over 46 west between Paso Robles and the coast was gorgeous - the hills are so green and the trees are starting to come out adding to the fresh, clean, spring-like feel. In fact, when we turned on to HWY 1, the green grass on the hills was so bright it was almost blinding! I'm just sorry I didn't get any pictures of it, but I was driving, so it was impossible. There was a lot of traffic and tons of cyclist out as well, so there really was no safe place to pull off to take pictures. Ah, well. I'll have the memories!
When we got to Cayucos, the place was PACKED! Granted, it was a gorgeous day - sunshine, blue skies and about 80 degrees! - so tons of people were taking advantage of the great weather by going to the beach as well as the Sea Glass Festival, or just browsing the quaint-looking downtown area. Both parking lots I planned to use were full and closed, so we drove through town to see if there was any street parking. There was not. We decided it was not worth the continued effort and stress as well as having to enduring the inevitable "people poisoning" we were sure to get by dealing with the huge crowds at the Festival. So, we just drove through town, got back on the highway, and headed to Morro Bay instead. We do plan to return to Cayucos some weekend when there's nothing special going on, so we can explore the downtown, pier, and beach.
Morro Bay was bustling as well, but not as bad as Cayucos, and we found a parking space down by the Embarcadero right away. We noticed some changes to the Embarcadero right away. One restaurant was gone, and a new one was already starting to move in. I can't remember what it was before, but I was kind of surprised, because it had been there for a very long time. Another surprise was a new wine and olive oil tasting room that opened up. I don't remember the name of the winery - it wasn't familiar - but it was doing pretty good business. There appeared to be another tasting room getting ready to move in behind it. The fun little antiquie-thrifty-kinda-junky store was gone, and while I wasn't really surprised, I was disappointed because I enjoy looking through those kind of stores.
There were several kayaks and paddleboarders out in the bay, as well as these two who were hanging out beneath the Morro Bay Fish Company hoping for some lunch, and a pair of snoozing gulls who gave me some serious side eye!
Speaking of lunch, we decided to go somewhere different than The Dutchman or Dorn's, and after checking out the displayed menus of all the places along the Embarcadero (Fishbonz was apparently closed down, which is sad because we always planned to go there, but never made it), we decided on The Galley. It's small, but very nice with super nice, friendly people and delicious food. I had the fish tacos and mom had the grilled fish sandwich, and we were both impressed with our dishes and ate every bite! My only disappointment was that despite having a full bar, they didn't have a drinks menu, so I ended up just having iced tea. (It was really good iced tea, though!)
We ended our trip by discovering another fun new store that I can't remember the name of, but it is full of eco-friendly items like seatbelt wallets, handmade candles, vintage books and toys, and display items like a old brownie camera and manual typewriter. I had a couple things I though I might go back for, but didn't this trip. Maybe next time! Finally we wandered around our all-time favourite MB store, The Garden Gallery. Mom and I always enjoy looking at all the fun planters, fountains, wind chimes, and other garden décor, and dream about being able to grow succulents (which we can't because it's too hot here). They had a really nice St. Frances statue I might go back for, as well as a really cool concrete koi fish that would look great in our dry creek, but they didn't have any small ones and the medium and large ones would look weird. Maybe next time.
So, all in all it was a really fun day away from cleaning, organizing, and tossing stuff out. I'm a bit disappointed I didn't get to the Seaglass festival, but maybe next year we'll go earlier, or better yet, stay over Friday night and not worry about parking at all!
What did you guys do this weekend? Did you have fun? Did you have to work? Tell me all about it in the comments! Cheers!