Valencia Peak – Montana de Oro

For one last bit of steeze we hiked up to Valencia Peak Saturday morning. Epic views and a bit of elevation gain led to an amazing hike. valenciapeaktrailvpmorrorockfromvpvalenciapeak

Met a really cool couple on the trail ( who took this pic of us at the top) They were in their 60s and training to hike into the Grand Canyon with their grand Daughter. The husband hikes every Saturday morning before sunrise, lets talk about goals!besties-onvalenciapeak

After our hike, we went in to Morro Bay for coffee and an Acai bowl!acaibowl

What an amazing few days on the Central Coast… filled with hikes and brews I really couldn’t ask for anything more!

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Last weekend my friend and I took a trip from the Bay to the Central Coast. We lived together in SLO during college and were looking forward to a weekend of all our favorite SLO area things.

First stop Firestone, dinner and a flight were a must after nearly three hours in the car. Have really been loving the sours coming out of Firestone. firestoneflight

Next morning up and ready to go early, gotta get our Black Horse and SLO Donut Co. fix.  They even have gluten free donuts these days… so no excuses not to go!blackhorseandslodoco

Chels and I both had work to do in the morning but once the afternoon rolled around we were raring for a hike!  We found the Cuesta Ridge Botanical Hike and couldn’t believe we hadn’t done it before. Equal parts up and downhill but filled with epic views from start to finish!cuestabontanicalgardenimg_3387cuestabontanicalgardenimg_9152

Even waterfalls! cuestbotanicalgardentrail

A well deserved summit Brew! cuestabontanicalgardenimg_9155cuestabontanicalgardencuestridgetrail

Wooooweee does life getter better than these views! So amazing.cuestaridgetrail

What is my favorite thing to after a bunz busting hike? Drink a brew or two of course…

We headed to Bang the Drum Brewery. Great space, indoor and out. Really friendly staff and most importantly great beers!bangthedrumbbangthedrumbbrewingimg_3439

We went back to the hotel to freshen up before heading downtown for the night.

On our way DT we stopped at Central Coast Brewing for a couple baby beers.centralcoastbrewingimg_3444centralcoastbrewingimg_3443centralcoastbrewingimg_3445

Next stop, Barrelhouse Speakeasy. This is one of the coolest spaces I have ever been to. A fully functioning barbershop and then a full on taproom downstairs.

Super crowded on a Friday night but really fun.barrelhousespeakeasyimg_3446barrelhousespeakeasyimg_9202

Looking forward to sharing the rest of our weekend this week!

Memorial Day Weekend

This last weekend was one for the books.  I had a great time outside with friends, drinking beer, hiking, smelling the ocean air and enjoying life!

It all started on Friday night with an amazing NEW meatball recipe that was so easy peezy and delicious, some wonderful fresh mojitos, chocolate fondue, early birthday celebration and girl time.

Saturday, we drove to San Luis Obispo for the California Festival of Beers! We tried amazing new beers and old favorites! For dinner, we went to Firestone – tri tip sandwich heaven!

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Sunday, Chelsea took us to her new favorite coffee spot in SLO, Scout! The story behind this cute and delish coffee shop is as adorable as the family who owns it! I wish I still lived in SLO so I could hang out at this lil gem all the time.

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IMG_7586 IMG_7587 IMG_7585To cap the long weekend off right we had one last adventure on Monday back in the Bay Area! We got up early and headed out to Bolinas for a hike at Alamere Falls! I have had a few friends recommend this hike so I thought it was time to try it! There is lots of poison oak on this trail – so make sure to know what it looks like before you head out! Also, I suggest wearing shoes with good tread as some parts getting to and from the beach can be very slippery.

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Last stop, one of my all time favorites, The Salsalito Taco Shop! Pictured above was a yummy Watermelon Marg!

It was a great weekend filled with fun times and friends.

I am very thankful to all of the Men and Women who have sacrificed so much so that we can enjoy the freedoms we do. Thank you!

* Most photos taken by my beautiful friend C.T.

Free FALLin’

Ohhh boy… I am in total free fall for Fall! 

Spent the last weekend visiting my parents in SLO town. Image

Dayummmm look at those vineyards and foothills…. so gorge.  Why did I leave this area? Times like these when I am riding on the back of my Pops motorbike through rolling vineyards I don’t know why I did… but nonetheless it is always a joy to return, especially during the Fall time! 

Well my Dad and I went to a sweet little cafe by the train station in SLO… Sally Loo’s…where you could get anything to eat and it would be good BUT you should get the ACAI Bowl and forever be changed. Yes, I said it  life changing.  So go get you some.

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After getting my fill of this sweet treat… the fam and I went down south about an hour to do a little hiking and also visit the Firestone Taproom in Buellton. 

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First, we headed to the Bradbury Dam Vista Point right by Lake Cachuma and took a little trail that went up and down and all around the dam for a total of about 6 miles round trip.  Then we refueled at the Firestone Taproom – go try it, if you haven’t! If you are in Paso or Buellton not only should you taste some deliciously hoppy beer, but also try the amazzzing food! Honestly, Firestone is one of my fav breweries but don’t take my word for it…GO! 

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“I’ve always believed that paradise will have my favorite beer on tap.” 
— Rudyard Wheatley

Firestone..hope I can get some 805 in heaven!

Cheers to a great FALL weekend.