Santa Cruzin'

First of all, happy anniversary to me. And to Jim. Being back in CA sort of erases the 22 years of marriage. We spent yesterday in the town (San Luis Obispo) where we spent our first and second anniversary, and where we welcomed our first child. We visited the two apartments we lived in--not much has changed so I felt almost like my 21-year-old self again while we walked around.

We checked out Pismo Beach and Morro Bay while we were down on the central coast. Not much has changed in either place. The ocean still looks the same, and is just as wet. And it has the same clarifying effect on my brain. I walked down to the beach in Pismo and felt instantly calmed by the white noise of the waves. I rolled up my pant legs and waded in a few feet. The water was chilly, but not as cold as I thought it would have been for a November day. I could see surfers in their wetsuits by the pier and an old man with his metal detector digging in the sand. I wanted to stay there for hours. Maybe even days.

We're staying in Santa Cruz, which is also near the beach and near some lovely scenery. We enjoyed an anniversary breakfast at a tiny little restaurant right on the wharf called Aldo's. I had a to-die-for shrimp and avocado eggs benedict. Jim and I then walked along the wharf to a lighthouse.

Now we are at the Evans' homestead in San Jose. Jim fulfilled his wish of going to a sandwich place called Togo's and eating a pastrami sandwich. He used to eat there a lot when he was a teenager/young adult. We also stopped at See's Candy. I think I gained five pounds just walking into the store. It smelled so good. I love chocolate, almost as much as I love Jim.

Tonight we are going to see Harry Potter with Jim's sister and her family. This has been a good day. I don't know when I'll be on next, so be good while I'm gone.


TaterBean said…
I've very jealous, but glad you have a good anniversary! :) Did dad ever go see his old HS or is that not in the plan? Tell the Evans' and the rest of the family HI for me!! Can't wait to see pictures!! Txt me after you see HP!!
Can't wait to see you on Monday! :)
Dennis said…
What a terrific day for a terrific couple. In many ways I miss CA (mostly the beach). That area of CA is really beautiful and I’m glad you enjoyed yourselves but please combining shrimp (bleah) with avocado (fruit of the gods) is sinful. I long for See’s. There was a short time when they could be purchased here at the old Donaldson’s dept. store. I could eat 5 lbs of their Bordeaux chocs in one sitting.
Jen said…
Sounds like such a fun time. I'm so jealous of all your western trips especially California. I've never visited there before other than to pass through on a flight. Mike wants to visit the Hawley relatives one day, but it just never works out. Maybe in the next couple of years we'll finally get the chance.

How did you like Harry Potter? We took the girls yesterday. I know it probably wasn't completely appropriate for them, but we're in it for the long haul now that they've seen all the others and would never stop bugging us until we took them. Violet was terrible and made Mike and I miss much of the movie. Oh well, it was still fun.
Jen said…
P.S. I could live on the beach, too. I would need a house, just the beach. Aaaaaahhhhh! I also love chocolate as much as my husband.