Monday, November 10, 2014

slowing down in SLO

we're bringing you some central california coast
goodness after a weekend slowing down and
enjoying a gorgeous autumn weekend with our
friends. we visited san luis obispo, which is
coined "america's happiest city." our friends
went to college here, so they showed us all
around all the best spots. we truly slowed
down in SLO, where the pace of life is
easy and peaceful. i needed this dose of
sunshine, a road trip, good friends, and a
slow-down! it's good for the soul. i'll be
sharing some favorites this week, but here's
a taste of our slow weekend in SLO. (okay,
promise that's the last time i use that pun :)
^^ just three hours south of the bay, this town is perfectly set
between san francisco & los angeles...a great location for a
weekend getaway from either city - or on a trip down the 1!
ps: look closely, can you see us in the above photo???
one of our first items of business was hiking bishop's peak
to get a good view of the town. of course chase flew the
copter camera up there, so in the top left and bottom 
right you can see us on top of the summit! do you spy 
us on the tippy top in that bottom right photo? ^^
^^ we love hiking with these two. luckily this one 
wasn't quite as tough as our last hike together.
^^ it was so hot up there, it felt like summer in november!
hello down there! love this shot of us at the top! ^^
^^ after the hike we refueled with SLO's famous firestone
grill. we had heard so much from dusty & kendall about
the tri-tip sandwich and it lived up to all expectations.
this place is a popular, inexpensive, delicious
place to eat in SLO. i need this sandwich again!
walking through bubblegum alley, like the one in seattle

the town is beyond charming with so many people out
strolling, perfect weather, and pretty flowers.
^^ love these two former SLO residents. it's so nice to
visit a place with people who know it well, because you
get the local & personal feel for it like we did here.

after lots of strolling around, our next meal was at the 
classic splash cafe which we had tried before in 
pismo beach, but the original location is in SLO
and we visited the newest one downtown.
this place is a famous, central coast must!
what can i say -- we were hungry after 
our hike + walking all around! this food
hit the spot. salmon tacos ---> so fresh.

famous for their clam chowder in a grilled butter bread 
bowl. it's so creamy and that bread bowl...mmmm! ^^
you can see them grilling the bread bowls here ^^
such a brilliant idea that i need to remember!
these are a must if you like clam chowder.
 we love this crew and loved this weekend.
more fun from it to come!



  1. Love the shots from the chooper cam!! What a creative way to get pictures of you guys up there for a distance- Nice work Chase! And all that yummy food!

    We went to Moab this weekend back in your neck of the woods!

    Katie @

    1. haha he is getting better at it which means being crazier with it!!! but i do love the shots it gets.
      can't wait to check out pics from moab! xo

  2. I love that chase is wearing his muss shirt. Go Utes!

    1. haha always on game day! if only it had mustered some good luck for that game :(

  3. I've only been to SLO once, but I loved it and hope I can go back one day. if I do I must try the salmon tacos ... they look SO good! Must be nice for you to be back in CA after all your Canadian adventures :)

    1. yes SLO is lovely! always good to get back in the california climate after a trip :)

  4. Well I must admit I had never even heard of this place until I read this post, but it certainly sounds lovely. The view from that peak is breathtaking! How I wish I could explore the world like you do. For now I will just live vicariously through your blog, ha.

  5. Does that bubble gum alley way smell minty fresh? Serious question! Lol.

    1. hahah no i wish, it is mostly old stale bubblegum so no minty fresh smell! :)

  6. That copter camera is so awesome! I can't even begin to imagine the awesome shots you could get with it. Time to revisit all those beautiful places to get the right pictures. ;)

    1. i know, that's the same thought i had! thinking of all the places that would have been amazing with it, but now we'll have it for places in the future!

  7. I forgot you had your drone and couldn't figure out how you got that picture above you looking down! Duh! So cool. It is so pretty. I want to go there and eat the food.
    Love you all-

    1. can you imagine the drone view from the grand teton or mt. olympus? :)

  8. As soon as I saw the title of this post, I immediately thought of Firestone! I loooove their sandwiches! So good. Almost worth the drive just for them alone. That hike looks amazing!


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