Dates Traveled: 8/26/16 - 8/28/16
I have heard people say that traveling for a wedding isn’t considered a vacation. Well folks, I think that is pure [vegetarian] bologna! In fact, Tejinder and I attended the wedding of our good friends, Melody and Ryan, in Los Osos and had an amazing time roaming the coast and of course, eating along the way.
We gently woke up on Saturday, a bit past 9:30, to the sound of birds chirping. Our AirBnb was a tucked away cottage in the Los Osos hills. It was the perfect size for two people with a comfy bed (topped with lots of pillows - my fave!), a full kitchen, spacious bathroom and walk in closet. It was made for a relaxing retreat! After prying the blankets off, Tejinder started unpacking his duffel bag while I brewed some tea to enjoy on the patio. After getting our stuff in order, we headed to The Back Bay Café for breakfast.
The Back Bay Café is tiny waterfront spot with indoor/outdoor seating in Baywood Park. They are open daily serving breakfast and lunch classics like yogurt with fresh fruit, bagel and cream cheese and BLTs. Their coffee and tea menu attracts both locals and visitors alike. Tejinder ordered a breakfast burrito while I enjoyed a hearty veggie scramble with tea. My eggs were loaded with fresh veggies like broccoli, bell pepper, zucchini and asparagus. After breakfast, we walked along the water to ward off the food coma.
We were walking merrily, enjoying the view, minding our own business when all of the sudden this siren started blaring for literally 3 minutes straight! Naturally, we thought it was an emergency but no one around us seemed alarmed. People were going about their lives like this deafening siren wasn’t shrieking blood murder. We headed back to our car as quickly as possible because, honestly we were scared and confused but mostly scared. We thought it was either a tsunami warning, some sort of CIA/military alarm and we even considered that we were in an alternate reality like the Truman Show. All valid ideas, of course.
It wasn’t until we got to Carlock’s Bakery that we were informed that it was the town’s annual alarm testing. I was too shaken up to ask what the alarm was being testing for. Instead, Tejinder and I each ordered a donut - an old fashioned for me and a blueberry glazed donut for Tejinder- and proceeded to resume our merriment. The wedding was in a couple of hours so we headed back to our AirBnB to get ready.
Melody and Ryan’s wedding was absolutely beautiful. Every single detail was thought through to make their day exponentially special. It was a lovely day to be in the presence of the pure, unconditional love they share. Since I sit next to Melody at work, I saw bits and pieces of her wedding planning and it we mesmerizing to see it all come together. Especially since she planned and designed every detail in less than a year with a full time job. The girl is a unicorn, a beautiful unicorn! Melody is currently doing a series on her blog where she is talking about the makings of her wedding from creating DIY tote bags to picking out the right stock for the invites.
Tejinder and I had a lot of fun drinking their “I do” brew, catching up with old friends, and dancing the night away. Melody and Ryan even had Slo Mama Sweets, an old fashioned ice cream truck company, serve frozen treats in the place of cake. We especially enjoyed that part!
The next morning, I woke up in a bit of a funk but forced myself out of bed to pack up and check out. We left our amazing AirBnB to go to Spooner’s Cove Beach before heading back to the bay. The fishermen were bringing in their kayaks and rods when we arrived to the beach. Parents enjoyed the coastal sun as their kids chased the waves on the shore. I sat in the sand, quietly enjoying the view and taking in the salty taste of the air. If you read my Mendocino post, you know how much calmness the water brings me.
Once our tummy’s started grumbling we headed back into town to Celia’s Garden café. This popular breakfast spot is locally owned by a beautiful, lively woman named Celia who makes the most delicious apricot jam I’ve ever tasted. It is the right amount of sweetness, a hint of savory and, if you eat as much of it as I did, a wee bit of tartness.
We enjoyed our breakfasts, and the last bit of vacation, before heading north towards reality.