I live in a smallish town on the Central Coast of California: San Luis Obispo, and it's perfect here. Except for this week because we've been having stupid humidity and it's the worst ever. There are so many great things about SLO that I don't even know where to start so how about I just show you a picture of one of the nearby beaches?
That's in Morro Bay and I know I know I know, this is supposed to be about MY town but Morro Bay is like 10 minutes away and it's basically a part of SLO so please remove your panties from their wad. Moving on.
I don't even know where to begin. How do you write about a town? Honestly, I've been trying to figure out how to write this for like, a solid hour and I keep writing a sentence and then just deleting it. Today is a struggle. I think I just really want you guys to fall in love with San Luis and I feel like there's so much to tell and I don't want to forget anything.
San Luis is a college town, a retirement town, and a tourist hotspot. There are several amazing wineries, there's a great downtown, there's tons of hills and great hiking trails, it's about 10 minutes away from the beach, and we have the sort of famous Madonna Inn. I'm just going to go ahead and bombard you with some pictures.
This is the view from the Edna Valley Winery in SLO. Come visit, we'll go there.
This is from the top of Bishop Peak, which is one of my favorite places to hike. You're looking at Madonna Mountain, which is another hill I like to hike. It's all brown and gross because California is in a drought... usually in the spring it's all green and luscious.
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This is a part of the downtown. There are big trees like this all over downtown, and in the winter they have white lights on them and I love it. Every Thursday evening this particular street is closed off for a Farmer's Market and it's packed with booths and people. You can buy produce, flowers, clothes, desserts, etc. There are street shows like juggling and magicians and one time when I was a kid my dad got picked to be a part of a show and this guy put a carrot in my dad's mouth and threw a knife at it or something. It was really cool and also terrifying.
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We also have a Bubblegum Alley (^^). It's exactly what it sounds like and it's SO disgusting. A couple of times I've seen drunk people leaning against the walls and it almost makes me vomit.
-There a no drive thrus in SLO. They've been banned in order to improve air quality or something. So this means if you want to get a $1 Diet Coke from the only McDonald's here, you have to park your car and get out and walk inside.
-San Luis Obispo is the happiest city in America. Oprah said it so you know it's true.
-We didn't get a Target until 2011 and the closet mall is 45 minutes away and it hardly even deserves the title of "mall" and I don't go there because I'm afraid of getting shanked in the parking lot.
-SLO is like, exactly in between San Francisco and Los Angeles. It is neither "nor Cal" nor "so Cal" and if you call it either of those you will be in danger of getting shanked. It's the "Central Coast."
-You can always tell who isn't from here because they mispronounce the "Luis" part of the name. It's pronounced "San Louis O-bis-po," but the out-of-towners call it "San Louie" and then just butcher the last word (it makes me think of a baby deer trying to walk for the first time when people try to pronounce it).
-It's insanely expensive to buy a house here. Like, redonkulous.
-Zac Efron grew up in a neighboring town. Neighboring as in like, 10 minutes away.
-Weird Al Yankovic went to college here.
-Alex Trebek fell asleep while driving in a neighboring city and sideswiped some mailboxes a few years ago.
-Leonard from The Big Bang Theory bought property in a neighboring city.
-There's a place called Louisa's where they have bacon waffles. I just wanted to throw that out there.
That's all. You are all officially invited to come visit.