In the afternoon of Friday April 12th, we moved south (~45min) to Pismo Coast Village RV Park. This is our 3rd time staying here and we love the location and amenities. Pismo is a great little town with a beautiful beach, pier, and shops. Friday night we ate outside and then had our first real campfire with reeses smores – yum!
Saturday we visited our old stomping grounds. We spent most of the day at Cal Poly SLO recalling memories, looking at new buildings, and explaining college to our kids J. We were amazed by the huge new building they are finishing up where most of the spider building was, as well as the luxury health club they built to replace the old rec center., leisure pool, bbq pits, sand volleyball and all. It was a perfect day in SLO and we really wore the kids out. That afternoon we went for a nice walk on Pismo Peir. It was so nice to hear the ocean and enjoy the scenery.
Sunday morning, after some delicious cinnamon rolls at Old West in Pismo, we attended church at First Baptist SLO, where we attended most of college and where we were married. Pastor Tom (who married us) is still the senior pastor and spoke on depression and suicide. It reminded us how real FBC SLO is and how we miss it. It is a very small church filled with people who love the Lord and don’t rely on fancy things or eloquent words to get Gods message out – they rely on Him to show up and teach us and love us. It is definitely a place that will always have a special place in our hearts.
After church we spent the afternoon at Pismo Beach enjoyin g the waves and building/digging with the kids. It got a little windy so we didn’t last too long but we had fun. We walked back to the camper and Reid and Misty Zeller and their kids stopped by for dinner. They are on staff with CRU (aka Campus Crusade for Christ) and it was fun to catch up with them and their happenings. We enjoyed some burgers and dogs, played at the park and just relaxed together. A very successful vacation day.
Monday Jasen resumed work and the kids and I got things back in order around the “house”. Which means: Blake and Kylie played at the park outside our window and Lily and I cleaned up and prepared food. It was very windy so we hung pretty low. When Jasen finished up work we all went on a walk/kid bike ride around Pismo Beach State Park. I think we like this campground better but they don’t have hook-ups so you need a generator - maybe next time. Beautiful area – wooded, spacious, green, next to the beach and butterfly habitat.
Tuesday Jasen when and visited with a few clients in the morning and the kids and I walked the campground and just played around. It was very windy again so we didn’t venture too far. Tuesday night we drove up to Templeton and went to the Wallace’s for dinner. Jasen and I attempted to make cream cheese pound cake to take with us and it was disastrous. First the recipe was kinds made up of several we found online to suit the ingredients we had available in the camper, then we tried to cook it but the pans didn’t fit in the oven and hit the top and burned the bottom, then Blake was carrying one of the pans in from the truck and the cake fell out on my foot, we put it back and gave him a second change and he accidently dropped it upside down in the entryway by Trego’s feet when he opened the door – we couldn’t help but laugh – at least there was ice cream. They made us a delicious dinner of tri-tip and gnocchi and the kids had a great time playing. Thanks Wallace’s!
Wednesday Jasen went to a coffee shop in Pismo and the kids and I walked from the campsite, thru town and met him there to say hi. A little later we all had lunch at Brad’s fish and chips. We chose there over Splash Café this time because they had a nice outside patio. We ended the night with more smores which Blake and Kylie were very happy about. Thursday, though it was a little chilly I took the kids swimming at the campground. We had fun until their lips turned blue then we cuddled in our towels, had a snack, and called it a day. That night we met Charles and Lauren at Mitchel Park in SLO. They are good friends from college who have a little girl about Kylie’s age and a darling new little boy. We grabbed dinner with them at Farmers and hung out on the steps – fun evening with friends and good food. We also picked up some fresh produce for the week: strawberries, carrots, broccoli, oranges etc. On the way home (yes it was late – already 8:30) we stopped by the train station and the train was just coming in. It stopped under the pedestrian bridge and we climbed up the bridge and explored from above. Blake loved it and Kylie was very enthralled as well. Choo Choo.
Friday already – our last day on the central coast. Jasen took most of the day off and we went to Avila Beach. Us, 3 kids, 2 bags of sand toys, 5 towels, stroller, diaper bag, lunch, drinks, etc. I’m sure it’s a site to see but we had a great day teaching Blake to throw a frisbee, watching Kylie shriek at the sand crabs, and teaching Lily not to eat the sand. We also built a few castles for Lily to step on, jumped in the waves, walked the pier, and relaxed (oh wait we didn’t do that – too much else going on). Jasen did a quick Costco run (yes they have one is SLO now) and we packed up, Jasen worked while kids napped and we finished the day off by grilling some steak and packing up for our early move the next day. Another wonderful stay in Central California – it never disappoints.