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San Luis Obispo, California

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After our stop in Santa Barbara we continued up the coastline to San Luis Obispo.

Chris and I lived down in San Luis Obispo, California for a year. Chris really enjoyed the architecture firm that he worked for. I took a break from the vintage world and concentrated on being creative and making art. While we were living down there I worked at a small thrift store and had my sculptures and artwork for sale at a gallery just around the corner from where we lived. We were lured down to SLO because of the sunshine, the proximity to the beach, the walk-ability of the town, and the easy going lifestyle. You may wonder why we would want to leave a place that sounds like such a paradise!?! We were actually asking ourselves that question when we were down there visiting during this roadtrip! The age range of the population of SLO was college age and then there was a leap up to retired people. There weren’t a lot of people in our age range or people that we could relate to. Also, I started to miss the rain.

This was the house that we lived in down in SLO. It had two orange trees in the backyard that produced oranges almost year round. The front yard had lots of carefully thought out plantings which we ended up killing because we weren’t used to having to water the plants daily (in Oregon the rain usually cuts down on how much watering you have to do yourself ;)

Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa...

When living in SLO one of my favorite places to go on a day off was Linnaea's Cafe. I loved to sit in the back patio area which features a fish pond and vine covered walls...

Elephant Seals at Piedras Blancas near San Simeon...

Morro Bay State Park. We visited here at sunset. We noticed that there were otters floating around out in the bay by this paddle surfer. There was a mama otter and her baby otter making squeaks at each other while frolicking around in the water...

This post was originally published on May 28, 2012.