If you hadn’t noticed, East to West co has really evolved into a travel blog of sorts over this past year. This is the direction I am hoping to focus on in the new year as we continue to document our recent adventures in Monterey and on our little weekend getaways. But I also want to go back into the archives and catch you up on some of our other adventures from our years in California, one of which was a fun weekend trip to Pismo Beach.
It was two years ago, almost to the date. Andrew planned the trip for my golden birthday and I remember being so excited to be getting out of town with him for the weekend. Pismo Beach is a quick 2.5 hour drive from Monterey, a little beach town right on the coast. We took our bikes with us on this trip, which was probably one of my favorite aspects of it as we were able to get everywhere without use of the car.
After checking into our hotel, we found Penny’s All American Cafe for lunch which was amazing!! To this day, I haven’t had a better pesto chicken sandwich. We then spent the afternoon walking along the beach and downtown. One of the things I loved about Pismo, was the beach seemed never ending. Unlike the beaches in Monterey, these seemed to go on forever and weren’t nearly as crowded (although it was January).
Later in the afternoon, we ventured to the Monarch Butterfly Grove, which was unbelievable! We have a monarch grove where we live and I hate to say it, but we’ve never visited. The one here in Pismo Beach was incredible and we could not get over the amount of monarch butterflies that swarmed the trees above us. It was a really great season for them and we stood there for a long time, gazing at their beauty and watching them flutter from tree to tree.
The following day, Andrew let me sleep in (it was my birthday after all), but made sure to grab me an infamous cinnamon roll from Old West Cinnamon Rolls. We then got ready and biked north towards Margo Dodd Park, which offered great views of the coast and the town of Pismo Beach. We stayed there for hours, watching the waves crash against the rocks and watching the sea lions play.
This trip may have been two years ago, but feels so recent as I remember it so well. Andrew and I had such a good time together this trip, and it really was what sparked our desire to see more of what California has to offer.