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I'm a self-professed adventure writer and former exercise junkie seeking a long-term relationship with my higher self, healthy workout habits, and a balanced, adventurous lifestyle in San Luis Obispo. Join me as I discover the healthy activities of SLO County, from land to sea.

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas from San Luis Obispo County

My family's Christmas ta-da takes place on the eve of the 24th. We tend to celebrate with an abundance of special food and drink and our menu is never quite the same. This year we settled on crepes, with a variety of scrumptious fillings that left me with a food hangover the next morning. But I wouldn't change a thing, as each of us brought our own flavor component to the holiday meal, making the feast extra special. 

Although I logged in some exercise both days by taking walks on Pismo Beach to soak up the fresh salty air, the blue skies and warm temperatures, I definitely need to hit the gym during the upcoming winter months to work off my past and future indulgences. 

The colors at Pismo Beach during the early morning hours of Christmas Eve were cool, calm and collected.
The sun rose quickly, as did the roar of the high surf.
These critters pranced about on the shore.
This surfer headed straight for the crashing swell.
After the beach, I headed to the northern part of San Luis Obispo County to spend time with family for Christmas Eve dinner. We had a blast. For our menu, first a cheese and charcuterie plate with tasty bites from The Cultured & The Cured; then a crepe station accompanied with crab legs, shrimp, smoked salmon, roasted veggies, and grilled sausages and peppers. I even opened a special bottle of wine from Switzerland: petite arvine from the Valais region.
Even after all of this indulgence we found room for a flaming dessert: Crêpe Suzette. My brother is a professional chef in San Luis Obispo County and he knows how to work magic in the kitchen.
On Christmas Day, I headed back to Pismo Beach to soak up more of the beautiful weather. I hope you found some brilliance and sparkle in your holiday, just as these wave mongers did.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

SLO Progression

Fortunately for me, my work schedule allows me to snap photos of both the early morning horizon and the evening setting sun. Yesterday's sunrise was streakin' beautiful and the sunset was out of this world. I got my exercise in the evening by balancing myself on the slippery rocks at Shell Beach while snapping as many pictures as I could during the fiery sunset. What a fantastic day for the sky.

Streakin' sunrise over downtown San Luis Obispo.
Flamin' sunset at Shell Beach.

Monday, December 16, 2013

SLO Enchantment

I might never live in a big castle on an enchanted hill, but whenever I chase sunsets I find plenty of riches everywhere I lookgold, silver and bright. 

Pismo Beach Sunset, December 2013
Pismo Beach Sunset, December 2013
Hearst Castle, December 2013

Saturday, December 7, 2013

SLO Chill

The weather turned increasingly cold this week. It's hard to believe that last Sunday was sunny and warm. But in San Luis Obispo County, the sudden variance in temperatures is hardly anything new. And since our highs this week have been in the 50s, I can't complain; especially when compared to other parts of the country that are experiencing minus degrees. Brrrrr.

Last night it poured down rain—thank goodness since this county has been experiencing drought conditions for quite some time—and today the lingering storm clouds left plenty of photo opps. 

This evening I ended up running on Pismo Beach. I can't say that was really my intention; I just wanted to walk along the sand and snap photos of the reflective sunset. But when faced with gusty winds and a high chill factor, I ran back to the pier as fast as I could. 

Here are a few glimpses from my sojourn this evening. Cold might be relative, but so is art. It's in the eye of the beholder. As always, I hope you enjoy my view.

Pismo Beach Pier

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

SLO Universe

I haven't logged much exercise this week, but I did catch last night's sunset. Way to work your magic in San Luis Obispo County, Universe.