Tuesday, January 10, 2006

California Trip - Day 3 and 4 
So, after waking up and recovering from our Japanese beer night Jie and I hit the road and drove up through Malibu and had brunch at Coogie’s restaurant, a place I found through a random google search.  The food was actually really good, and I’m pretty sure we spotted Reggie Miller, formerly of the Indianapolis Pacers, eating lunch there.

After Coogie’s we drove up 101 through Santa Barbara, where we stopped at the Mission.  The Mission was ok and Santa Barbara was pretty, but given what we have since experienced in San Luis Obispo and Carmel it wasn’t really that great.  Of course, we probably missed the nice parts of town to visit, as we pulled off at the last second on a whim.

We drove up 1 whenever possible, so we took 1 instead of 101 from Gaviota to Pismo Beach.  This was probably a mistake, as you can make much better time on 101 and 1 isn’t very pretty between Gaviota and Pismo.  We stayed at the Kon Tiki Inn in Pismo Beach, which was a really neat hotel/motel in an otherwise forgettable town.  Pismo seems kind of like the poor man’s Carmel, but the Kon Tiki had really friendly service and a great view of the ocean.  I would highly recommend it to anyone doing the LA to SF drive who is looking for a moderately inexpensive place to stay a night or two.

We started Day 4 of the trip with a morning jog along the beach in Pismo.  Unfortunately, Jie wasn’t feeling well after the exercise and so we decided to have a pretty relaxing day.  We drove up to San Luis Obispo (SLO to those in the know) and spent a few hours walking around the town.  That was a lot of fun, so we hung around and had a late lunch at Pepe Delgado’s, a Mexican food place in town.  I had the beached whale burrito, which was awesome (and as big as my face, see smugmug for a photo).  It was so big I ate half of it for lunch and the other half for dinner.  Jie and I just hung out at the Kon Tiki that night and watched a little football.  I’ll have Day 5 action coming up soon.

See smugmug for pictures through today!

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