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road trip

And then we partied

Again, I didn’t take many pictures of our bachelorette party weekend.  It may make me a bad blogger, but I was too busy enjoying myself and the company of three lovely ladies to think about pulling out my camera.

The boys spent a long weekend in Vegas for Travis’ bachelor party, so we took a not-quite-as-long weekend up to the Central Coast so I could revisit some of my favorite spots in and around San Luis Obispo.  Cami found us a cute little rental house in Cayucos, which ended up being perfect and way more fun than a hotel.  It also ended up being the Zinfandel Festival weekend in Paso Robles, which meant lots of fun wine stops AND food tastings.

Our first stop in SLO was Firestone Grill for their tri tip sandwich.  This is a sandwich I still think about, years after leaving SLO and Cal Poly.  It’s a sandwich so good, Travis thinks about it every time someone mentions tri tip.  I have yet to find a sandwich anywhere else that is equally satisfying.  I don’t know if it’s the garlic bread bun, or the sauce, or the tender tri tip, but it’s amazing.  I wish I had one right now.  April didn’t understand why we were making such a fuss over the tri tip until she had one, and then she jokingly asked if we could get one for breakfast.

It started pouring just as we ordered, so we stood around this little wall bar until the table next to us left.  And once we were done, we ran back to the car in the pouring rain.  I’d complain about the rain, but it made a nice backdrop for the mineral hot springs we went to later, plus I think it kept the crowds away from Paso Robles.

We had a sort-of game plan for Paso Robles, but really we just ended up going to the wineries that had the tastiest foods set out.  We started with one where they were grilling duck breast and lamb chops, then headed to one with the crepes stand (and lots of barrel tastings).  There was one with chocolate fondue and Fritos, red vines, brownies, and shortbread (and, um, wine).  And one with a Vegemite tasting bar (verdict = salty and weird and not for us).  That one was Croad, which had a New Zealand background.  I bought a fancy bottle of wine there for Travis and I to store in an anniversary box.  I know, in total, we stopped at six wineries.  But, we also split a tasting at each one, so I don’t think anyone got too tipsy.  It made for a really fun day!  We ended it with a stop at a cheese shop, picking up a cheese plate and other nibbles and then we played games back at the rental house with a bottle of wine.

Cami had made us all matching shirts, which were adorable, and had our names and “roles” on them.  I wish the weather had been nicer so we weren’t always bundled up in jackets, but we knew we had them on!

No late nights, crazy clubbing, or even drunken antics, but it was exactly how I envisioned my bachelorette party – spending time with the girls I love and just enjoying ourselves before the craziness.

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please bear with me

I had a bunch of neat picture-posts of road trip iPhone pictures that I had taken while on vacation, and I tried to post them, but I also upgraded my iPhone to 3.0 and this apparently is not compatible with whatever version of the WordPress app that was loaded.  So, all my phone posts disappeared into thin air.

Since it seems like I hardly have any time at all to sit down at a real computer, much less transfer photos from my camera to said real computer, being able to post a few notes here and there from my iPhone seemed ideal.  Until it stopped working.

In the meantime, we had a lovely vacation with our friends and I stand by my claim that they may be the only two people I would consider spending 10 days in a car with. 

Before we left, I haphazardly started a batch of kombucha using half a bottle of GT’s Kombucha, citrus flavor.  I wasn’t sure if it would actually work, but I came home to find a nice SCOBY (or whatever it’s called) in the jar and then blended the resulting sour tea with strawberry puree.  It’s a little tart (okay, it’s way tart), so I’ll be looking into some sweeter fruits for mixing, perhaps?

There was also a nice harvest of lemon cucumbers and cherry tomatoes waiting in the garden, and I turned it into a tasty chopped salad.  The corn didn’t really pan out, and the eggplants aren’t producing as much as the ones last year did, but I think it’s still going to be a tasty summer.

T seems a little more endearing to the chicken-keeping idea, although I don’t think he’s willing to build a coop.  I’m actually waffling over whether to try and build one myself or just buy the really cute (but so expensive) Eglu Cube tractor.  I ran the numbers (seriously, I made a spreadsheet) and determined that 2 chickens could pay for their Eglu in 8 years, if you compare it to the cost of supermarket eggs.  If you factor in the cost of organic, free range eggs (like $4/dozen!) then the chickens will have earned their keep in only 4 years.  I also discovered that adding a third chicken drastically reduces the cost recovery time, but I think that may be pushing my luck.

Road trip!

We’re on a road trip to Chico for vacation! Here we are just north of Bakersfield.