Since we’ve been at The Aerie, the real turning point that marks the end of one year and the start of the next is the week following The Beloved’’s big Symposium, which is always right after New Years. It completes her busiest time of the work-year and so we always take a little break afterwards. In the past we’ve gone to Sonoma, Santa Cruz, and Disneyland. Last year, we went back to Cambria — and in a lot of ways, we’ve decided that Cambria is “our spot” to relax, so we were off to there again.
This year, her meeting was in Santa Clara, so Penny and I headed up on our own so that we could meet at the house we were renting. Penny’s a pup that knows her way around road trips to the Central Coast, so early on Sunday we packed up the car and headed north.
We rented a different house than in the past, but we liked The Acorn Hideaway as much, if not more, than The Poppy Cottage. The house was nicely outfitted and had lots of squirrels to torment the dog (live ones outside, ceramic ones inside).
We spent most of our days doing the things that make us happy here. Heading off to Fiscalini Ranch so that Penny could have a lot of unfettered running space, though I did some of this alone as the Beloved was recovering from a bit of a cold.
The Ranch was wonderful as always, but awfully dry and brittle. While much of the country’s been complaining about Polar Vortices, the Golden State has been enduring three long years of drought. The grasses on the Ranch were as brown as you’d expect them in the middle of summer. Penny didn’t really seem to mind.
We also headed down to Morro Strand State Beach (and a good thing since the week was mostly in the upper 70s and low 80s — very unwinterish even for here), where we could get in a nice stroll and some quality seabird chasing and bumper-retrieving.
We also hit up our favorite restaurant one night and enjoyed a gorgeous golden sunset.
But in general the three of us are pretty happy hanging out at our temporary home, reading, drinking some good local Paso Robles wines, and maybe napping by the fire.
Can’t wait for next year.