Sunday, April 9, 2017

The Bishop known as Saint Louis


7:30 am - Sunday - 49º F, humidity 70%, wind 6 mph out of the north.....overcast skies.....forecast high for today is 69º F.....last day of this year's Masters!

By Saturday morning the rain was gone, the skies had cleared, the sun had returned so I convinced TLE to take a walk on the beach once again......

.....we did the same walk I did the day prior sans the 20+ mph wind and threatening skies.....we had a very, very slight headwind and when we made our turn around at the 2 mile mark it was there to push us homeward.....

 Pismo Beach Pier

......we had tentatively planned to drive into San Luis Obispo, our next destination to check out the Elks Lodge RV facilities....we love downtown San Luis Obispo and it was a beautiful day to walk around and maybe have a cup a joe.  We left Oceano around 11:30 for the 12 mile drive into San Luis, and were entering the parking lot of the Elks Lodge just before noon time.  There are about 16 water/electric sites plus numerous dry camping sites......everything is on a first come, first served basis, and there were several water/electric sites available....we were advised after we checked with the onsite manager that no matter what they would find a site for us.....they have never turned anyone away.  Our plan is to spend 4-5 days there during which time we will be taking the AMTRAK Surfliner down to Santa Barbara for an overnight visit with my sister Hilary and her husband while they are in town.....we haven't seen them for quite a while.

Next  we drove up Higuera Street to find a parking spot in the very busy downtown area.....this is the weekend after all, and the crowds were out in force......we quickly found a suitable parking spot just a block from the Mission (all parking is metered in San Luis Obispo), put in our quarters for two hours and headed out to find a coffee shop.  The last time we spent time in San Luis Obispo was probably over 20 years ago, and back then it seemed there was a coffee shop on every block with outdoor seating, but now, a couple of decades later, we had to walk about 5 blocks to find one, but it was perfect!

Doesn't take much to make me smile...

As soon as I saw Scout Coffee I knew it was what we were looking for.....while TLE secured an alfresco table I went in to order a couple of coffees and a scone to share......usually I want a table with an umbrella on a sunny day, but the temp was in the low 60's and there was a noticeable breeze so we both welcomed the sunny table with open arms.  They brew some amazing coffee at Scout, and it is no wonder they get a 4.5 star rating from Yelp on 431 reviews.

From there we wandered over to check out Mission San Luis Obispo (established in 1772 as the Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa, named for the Franciscan Saint Louis, bishop of Toulouse, France), but there was a street fair in progress in front of the Mission, so we decided we'll take the tour mid week when things have calmed down.  

With our 'mission' of checking out the Elks Lodge RV facilities, and acquiring a suitable cup a joe accomplished we decided to drive over to the local Trader Joe's for a few things before heading back to the relative peace and quiet of the Oceano Elks Lodge where we would spend the afternoon watching the third round of the 2017 Masters, and what another great day it was......the leaderboard is packed with the names of past winners and current stars, and Sunday promises to provide an exciting finish.  We spent the evening reading before heading off to dreamland once again around 10:30 pm.

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  1. Just a 'heads up'. Trader Joe's has a shop in Arroyo Grande up on the hill, east of Hwy 101. You do not have to drive to San Luis Obispo, unless you want.

    1. You are right, and we drove by it the other day....the one in SLO is just down the street from the Elks, and was handy so we stopped there instead.