Over the years San Luis Obispo has become one of the premier wine producing areas in the State. Comprised of family-owned as well as corporate vitners. The areas diverse range of varietals are sure to please any wine enthusiast.
I have riden and tasted both North County and Central Wine Trails so oftern - had to add a sidecar so as not to fall over!
The varietals are wide and varied, from some of the finest Cabernet Sauvignon to some distinguished Pinot Noir and Merlot. Aslo the area is known for the whites - Pinot Gris, Gewurztraminer, Zinfandel and of course some award winning Chardonnay.
As you can see from the sign above, there are lots of fine winneries to visit. Perhaps if you are to see them all, drive or gather some friends and rent a limosime for a grand tour!
Be sure to browse the gift shops for some fine gifts too.
The California drought is now behind and the 2017 harvest has begun. Although with last seasons rains the yield remains about normal; but you can bet all along the Central Coast - including Santa Barbara will bottle some fine wines this year.
Check with the San Luis Obispo Chamber to see if there is a special event being held at any of the wineries. I ran into a classic car tour as seen below.
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See YouDown The Road
In the begining, the Western Maryland Railway Company was known as Carroll and Frederick Railroad in 1852, with headquarters in Baltimore. As it grew, the line incorporated other lines. One of which included the Hanover Branch and Gettysburd over which President Lincoln traveled to make the Gettysburg Address. It is in Cumberland Station, built in 1906. This beautifuly restored station was originally built in 1913 and served the Cumberland Valley. This is but a train ride. No resturants of note. No hotels. Just a wonderful ride into yesteryear. Enjoy the ride!
The train continuted up the line ending at Frostburg. Here 729 was run up on the "Tuntable" for the return.
This locomotive #729, a 2-8-0 and was rebuilt in 2015.
See You DownThe Road
Rides on the Central Coast of California.
Should you ever find yourself in, or near, San Luis Obispo; there are many great rides. By rides I mean
primarily by motorcycle; but all can be done on a bicycle or your car. Of course the fun is on a bike!
On just about any road you will find some great twisties. An RV or a car will still give you wonderful views and many places to sit and have a picnic or just enjoy the vistas.
Above is not a ride with twisties; although getting there can be fun. Ride or drive on Pismo Beach.
If you come from San Luis Obispo, take Perfumo Canyon. Great run with some decent sweepers.
Once on the beach, well its a beach, what can I say? If you have a 4x4, air down and take a run at the
dunes. But don't get stuck in the sand! Should you need a tow truck it will cost big bucks!
Here is an older video of a great road, albeit somewhat short, a fun road nevertheless - Turi Road. Be careful it can be a killer. Enjoy the "S" curves and the high speed sweepers; but be aware each summer somebody buys the farm.
Even a mini bike is a blast on Turri Road. Here is some of the scenrey.
San Luis Obispo County is rife with great roads to ride/drive. One for instance is the loop out of downtown SLO to Morro Bay. Go North on highway 101 and exit in Paso Robles at highway 46 and go
West towards Morro Bay. This will take you up and over the mountains and offer great views. Once
you reach Highway 1, just south of Cambria you can continue to go South to Morro Bay; or perhaps go
North into Cambria. Quant town and only a few minutes north. If you do pop into Cambria, be sure to stop at LINN'S BAKERY for some homemade
Olallieberry pie ala mode! Continue South and you will drive through Cayucus and into Morro Bay.
If you are interested in a Mexican Lunch, try LOLOS. You will find it off of Highway 1 in Morro Bay.
After lunch, continue down to Morro Rock and walk the many shops at the Embaradaro.
As you stroll the walking path down by the "Rock" be sure to look for the Sea Otters. They are very entertaining. You might sight a seal as well.
Tall Ship in Morro Bay
This is part ONE, next time perhaps we can ride Santa Rosa Creek Road or out to Montana de Oro. Perhaps both!
OK, dang it's been hot and humid. Reminds me of Vietnam - but nobody is shooting at me! Kinda like
Florida, thats why I left, couldnt stand the heat and humidity. So, thought I'd sit here in the AC with the cats and look at snow pix and try to cool off.
Mind wonders too. I like the snow now; not so much in February! Be looking at beach photos then I suppose. Spent a long time on the California coast; well San Luis Obispo, close enough to the beach. Used to scuba dive off Morro Bay, Avila, and down around Santa Barbara. Loved the Channel Islands for diving. But you know, the water was cold. Right now being in 60 degree water sounds good!
Sure would love to find where on this "Blue Marble" was prefect. You know temps never lower then, ohhh say 40 and highs never above 78. With rain only between 2AM and 5AM. Perfect!
Vietnam in the "old days" OK about 48 years ago.
Diving off the Channel Islands in Santa Barbara, the not so very old days. OK about 25 years ago.
Scenes around home
The Amish are tough! Up before sunrise and work until sundown.... and in a blizzard too!
Well, that helped a little. The sad truth is, you see they say "old" people should not be out in the heat.
Old? Perhaps; but I ain't gonna go out until we see the temps back in the 70's.
I'd like to thank you for reading this blog and hope you return later to see whats new. Have some great trips planned starting in September. Up to the coast of Maine and out to Wyoming and California. That is if the crazy little Fat Boy in North Korea doesn't pop a nuke our way! And the economy doesn't make the '29 depression look like a hiccup.
In the meantime read the archives and I will be posting some interesting posts in the next few weeks.
Looking forward to the "traveling season" though. Be sure not to miss an adventure!
Re-Enactors, at any event, do a wonderful job in presenting a look back into history. What is presented here are the re-enactors that appear at the MID ATLANTIC AIR MUSEUM - World War II
Weekend held in June and located in Reading, PA. This year was the 17th year. One of the best airshows and re-enactments around. Date for next years show is June 1 -3.
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Summer has begun. Looking for ideas of a destination? Read through the archives of this blog and
get some inspiration of great places. For instance above on the left is Gettysburg, Mesa Verde, Highway1 on the California coast, and below is Jackson Hole, WY. We will visit these soon but for now....
How about a couple of train rides? Here is the STRASSBURG RAILROAD, located in Strassburg, PA.
Although only forty minutes long, you will see some beautiful Amish farms and perhaps a buggy or two.
In my opinion the absolute best is the DURANGO AND SILVERTON
If you do find yourself in Durango be sure to drive the "Million Dollar Highway", CO 550, between
Silverton and Ouray. A beautiful drive anytime of the year; but if raining or snow be aware - no gard
rails and at some points a sheer drop of several hundred feet.
Although anytime is great to visit, I prefer Fall or early Winter. Summer though is best for Four Wheeling because the passes are free of snow.
If you need someplace to eat I would highly recomend the following:
Breakfast in Durango you can't beat the DURANGO DINER. Try the Breakfast Burrito!
If you are in Silverton and looking fora meal one of my favorite places is HANDELBARS
Great lunch and a suburb dinner. Try the Rib Eye and finish off with a homemade Peach Cobler!
Should you overnight in Ouray and looking for a place to eat, I reccomend for breakfast or lunch the
TIMBERLINE DELI and the best homemade donuts you can find.
Another option for lunch or dinner is O'BRIENS PUB
A relitive short drive of only a couple of hours is Cortez and nearby is Mesa Verde.
Stay in Cortez for it is really the only place around. I reccomend staying at the
BAYMONT INN & SUITES. For good dinning try the DESTINATION GRILL right across the parking lot
Well there you go. A few places to drive, ride or fly to see. We will visit others in a few weeks.
Be sure to read through the "Archives" for the full articles of the above. Enjoy!
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