Seals & Sur

Our week up in Cambria wasn’t all the same routine. In our rental house, we found a couple of books by Ron Stob on the Backroads of the Central Coast. We’re folks that like to get off the beaten path and so decided to load up Adventure Dog and to spend a day finding some…


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Happy Returns

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.…

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A Day in Paso Robles

When we were driving to Cambria last summer, we passed through the vineyards of the Paso Robles wine region. Now we like wine, but stopping was pretty much out of the question because even though it was 65-70 degrees in Cambria that week, it was 100+ over the hill Paso — and with Penny in…

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One of the conversational topics explored as we’ve traveled to different places over the past few years is the question: Could we retire here? It’s usually a pretty fun topic. What sort of house could we buy? What would the weather be like? Is there good medical care nearby? Is it too crowded, or too…

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Central Coast Dog Days

Penny here. Most often, Friday nights are pretty easy around here. There’s usually a trip to the chaparral and then comes the drink-making (I never get one, but after they’ve had a couple, I can always count on more treats…) and the dinner-making and the whole weekend thing gets started. I like weekends. My people…

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Thank You, Sur

On Saturday, we got on the PCH (CA-1) and started driving south.  We were a little chagrined to find that the town of Cambria (our destination) was only 100 miles away, thinking – wow, what are we going to do all day?  It actually turned out to be a real blessing – as we used…

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