I’m pretty behind on updates. I’ve been meaning to show you all the stuff I bought and did on my mini-vacation. But now it seems so long ago it’s almost not worth mentioning.
In August I decided to challenge myself and went on a vacation by myself. I had a lot of grand schemes for it, but it ended up being only 5 days. I drove up the coast, and ended somewhere around Morro Bay. The first night I stayed at the house of a spinning guild friend, Edith, in Santa Barbara. She was very hospitable, and I brought my wheel so we could spin together. Of course after that it just sat in the back seat of my car taking up space. I did some shopping in Santa Barbara and walked around on the pier.
I went to three yarn stores and they were all very nice. But my favorite one was Loop & Leaf. I bought some Shibui sock yarn and some Habu. I visited the Santa Barbara Mission and went on the self-guided tour.
And interior courtyard:
I stopped in Solvang, the Danish village, and had lunch and went to Village Spinning. I was thinking about buying a plying head, but they only had the special edition one. It’s such a cute little town. I made a few detours near Solvang. Including Ostrich Land:
(not really worth the 4 dollar admission price!)
And the Quicksilver Miniature Horse Ranch! It was just a quick self-guided tour but the little horses are adorable.
I had thought about staying in hostels and flying by the seat of my pants, but that didn’t happen. There aren’t really any hostels in California, and I got nervous. So I booked the cheapest hotel I could in the Central Coast area. Which ended up being in Morro Bay. This is what $40 a night buys you:
There’s something tacky about a hotel room with a fridge and microwave in it, but boy did it come in handy! A little dirty, but not too bad. This is the scene of my Ravelympics knitting, at least for three nights of the challenge.
I made a few day trips. I drove up to Hearst Castle and took the basic tour. I was hoping I’d get special treatment for working on the Hearst Newsreel Collection here at work, but no dice. =) The setting of the house is so beautiful. I really loved the guesthouse and the grounds. But the main house is pretty tacky. Very garish and overdone.
The view of the ocean:
And some parts of the main house. Photography skills not included:
Well, all the rest of them are even worse than that one.
I did some antique shopping in Cambria. Which set me on my mission to get a Keane print. Mission accomplished. I bought “The Stray” off ebay when I got home. I went to San Luis Obispo one day and just hung out. I went to Morro Fleece Works and bought some pin-drafted rovings.
I also went to Paso Robles for the Olive Festival. I tasted olive oils and had a very tasty tamale. I bought some crazy balsalmic vinegars too. One is red apple and the other is peach. So good. But I’m not really sure what to use them on.
I had planned on just touching on my vacation and then talking about recent knitting projects, but I went overboard. I’ll save the knitting for the next post. It was kind of nice being on my own schedule for this trip, but I definitely prefer to go places with other people. I got kind of bored in the evenings, and I didn’t make the effort I thought I would to socialize with locals and be outgoing. And I started getting really cheap and trying to eat super frugally. Plus a lot of the restaurants were expensive seafood restaurants. I had to search for something in my price range. And who wants to go to a nice restaurant just to sit by themselves and read a book?
Talk to you soon!