Our Mid Life Crisis Trip (Chapter 1.)
Chris decided to accompany me on my mid-life crisis. We
went to The Hearst Castle, San Francisco, Napa Valley, and
best of all, to see my Uncle John, Addie and my cousin Cathy & Eric in Santa Rosa.
We had a blast!
|December 7, 2000 - We had a unique
set of circumstances recently. Johnny rolled his truck accidentally while
coming down from a snowboarding trip. As a result, we got the use of a
neat Chrysler Sebring Convertible
At the same time, I am between jobs. I could have got depressed but instead took the opportunity to take Chris on a short trip and went to see my Uncle Johnny in Santa Rosa. Here's a synopsis of what we did! We had a blast!
This car is a lot of fun... Its white and of course I had to take down
the roof as often as possible. And of course, Chris kept getting mad
at me because it was too cold (she was right). Anyway, we left at about
6:00 AM on Friday and set off for Camarillo. Our goal was to get to
IHOP in Camarillo by 7:30 or 8:00 AM for breakfast. We made pretty good
time, because the traffic was light.
|Well we had a nice breakfast. It was kind of cold though.
I had blintzes and Chris had the usual eggs and hash browns. We decided
to head out to see Hearst Castle first. It was a pretty long ride. At
about 9:30 we stopped at AT&T Wireless' office in Camarillo on the
outside chance that they might have found my sunglasses. I lost them there
a few months ago while loading up my car with some equipment. No such
luck. So without my sunglasses, we were off. Its quite a long ride up
the coast. The weather was cool and a bit cloudy but the sun peaked through
from time to time. We went through the towns of Ventura, Santa Barbara,
Gaviota (population 98), and then turned inland and through the towns
of Solvang (only stopped for directions there). We did visit the famous
"Anderson's Pea Soup" restaurant. Trust me, we didn't have the
soup... been there, done that. We did collect a few brochures and browsed
the gift shop though. It's a cute place to stop... but don't go for the
After our little rest, we took off for The Castle. We drove up through
the towns of Santa Maria and Arroyo Grande. Both seem to be nice towns
that are growing. Once we hit San Luis Obispo, we decided to turn off
and get some gas. We were hoping to find a cheap gas station in town
and maybe get some directions. Well we were lucky because it just so
happened that the street we turned off on was Highway One, which was
where we were supposed to turn off. It took us on a scenic route through
the old town section of San Luis Obispo. Really pretty. We got some
gas took a bathroom break and set off for the coast.