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May 6, 2013

A Little Taste of SLO and Avila Beach

San Luis Obispo is one of my top five places to visit in California.  It's close to the beach, it has beautiful scenery, fantastic restaurants and bars, phenomenal shopping and is total wine country now.

If you're ever looking for a fun place to hang out for the weekend in Cali, SLO is it.  

This past weekend was the state finals for FFA.  We headed down because Dominic coaches a Dairy Evaluation Team.  Always a great excuse for the rest of us to tag along and visit our cousins/friends that live there.

SLO was experiencing record highs {in the 90's!}, lucky for us.  We headed out a day early just so we could take advantage of the warm weather.  Avila Beach is about a 20 minute car ride from SLO and is a must do, especially if the weather is cooperating.

The water's not warm but the kids didn't seem to mind....

I plopped down on the beach towel for the duration, rather than dip in the water....but that didn't keep the kids from body-slamming me with their cold, wet bodies......

The wind normally kicks up at Avila at around 2ish so this is always a prime time to crab some lunch at one of our favorite spots...Custom House, right across the street from the beach.

A nice refreshing shrimp louis salad for me...

The next day, the FFA competition took place at Cal Poly.

Here, the officials were explaining the reasons to the competitors of why the heifers and cows were placed in the order they were placed through four.  If you're not familiar with this competition, the only way I can think to explain it is, it's kind of like a beauty competition for cows....they're judged on confirmation, udder placement, teat placement, top line, etc.

During our stay with our cousins, we had ample time for peaceful walks.  One morning Paige and I decided to explore and take the resident dog, Sandy, for a walk.....she actually took us for a walk, she knew just where she was going and would trot up ahead, stop, turn and wait for us to catch up.

The only issue is that these weekends seem to go entirely too quick.

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