With Monterey Bay in our review window we set out for next destination, Pismo Beach. We rolled into Pismo Coast Village RV park in early afternoon. It's close to the ocean but the park is crowded. Not far down the road is Oceano beach where we can take the Jeep for a little spin in the sand. Lyra seemed to like the dunes as long as we were far away for the ocean's roaring waves. After kicking up some sand, we picnicked by the ocean's edge watching the waves roll in.
As the much needed rain fell, we set out for the town of San Louis Obispo. The mission of San Louis Obispo was founded in 1771 and it is still in active use today. The mission is beautifully restored with flourishing gardens in the courtyard.
After hearing Paso Robles makes the best wine in the region, we journeyed north in search of the delectable juice. Upon reaching the town we made a quick stop at Firestone brewery for delicious smoked porter. With over 200 wineries to choose from, we free styled our way down Highway 46 aka the vineyard drive. The first stop was a castle looking winery known as Tooth and Nail. They are known for their pinot noir wine. We enjoyed their cabernet sauvignon so much we took one with us. We continued down the road to Red Soles which also makes brandy. With a welcome sign that reads 'Come for the wine; Stay for the spirits' we couldn't resist. We walked away with a bottle of their California Hooch. Meandering down the country road with rolling hills of vines, we spotted Zin Alley. That's where we met Frank. While standing in his small barrel room in front of a well used bar, the locals told stories about how Frank became legendary in these parts. He was born with wine in his blood. He makes some of the best zin. We couldn't leave without one of his tasty zinfandels. With only about half an hour before the wineries closed we found Shale Oak winery. They are a sustainable winery and their wine tasting room was made from all recycled wood and sustainable materials. Paso Robles wineries are worth the stop. We ended the day with dinner at Cracked Crab where they serve fresh seafood in a bucket. Our next destination is San Diego for Christmas.
Mike & Kat
Kat left teaching after 18 years to travel throughout the USA with her husband, Mike, who is an engineer for a Power generation company.