Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Friends & Family Fun in Pismo Beach!

Just 100 scenic miles north of Carpinteria, along the coast route 101, is the town of Pismo Beach where Spring Break is in full swing.  We stay in nearby Oceano Dunes and a half block from the popular State Vehicular Recreation Area, otherwise known as the Sand Highway for dune buggies and ORVs.

Our long-time friends, Edna and Allen, live close by in Nipomo.  Their beautiful home is surrounded by blooming spring gardens and we are invited for an evening of good food and great company, with much catching up to do.  Edna and I worked together in real estate in Half Moon Bay for many years.

Knowing our passion for sustainable local farms, they took us to one of their favorites, the Rutiz Family Farm in Arroyo Grande.  We lunched at a truly authentic Mexican restaurant in Guadalupe where Howard ordered a dozen homemade tortillas "to go" after our lunch, they were that good.  This central coast is another of California's fertile growing regions as evidenced by acres of various crops along our drives.

Then came the frosting on this wonderful cake of a week when 8 months-pregnant daughter, Terri, announced she, Clint and 17 month-old Liliana were coming down from Half Moon Bay for a couple of days' visit!  We located a great deal on accommodations next door to our location and more fun began.

We played on the beach, walked through town, played at the park, had lots of food, went shopping and were joined by Edna and Allen for dinner one night....Whew!  I took over 200 pictures and have been editing, deleting, uploading, posting to my hearts content.  Thank you Steven Sasson for  inventing the digital camera!  Yes, I Googled it.

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