Yesterday we decided to take a little walking tour of San Luis Obispo, or SLO as the natives call it. We walked around the picturesque and historic old downtown area and visited the Mission San Luis Obispo de Toloso.
We were told there was a vegan restaurant, Bliss Cafe, just across from the Mission, so that’s where we ate lunch. The courtyard was a pleasant place to sit, right on San Luis Creek. And the food was great! We’ve only been in CA a couple weeks but have already found three vegan restaurants.
A rather strange form of art. And yes, it smells like bubblegum in there.
Then we drove about 10 miles for a change in scenery to the coastal town of Avila Beach, on San Luis Bay.
We could have camped close to the beach, but even with hookups it wasn’t very appealing, just a parking lot.
This was one of the dry camping areas, and only $40/night. Guess that’s not bad if you want to be right on the beach. And the town is small so you could walk to everything and launch your kayaks right there to paddle around the bay.
When we got back I took a walk over to the botanical gardens again to take some more photos of the flowers. I spent a long time watching dozens of hummingbirds at this bottlebrush tree and managed to get a few decent shots.
Also found a bird we haven’t seen before, a Nuttall’s woodpecker. Will have to go back and try to spot the red-crowned male, although the female was quite handsome even without the red.