Thursday, October 20, 2011

2011 Santa Barbara Day 1

Sharon and I have tried to make it tradition to get away for a weekend in October to celebrate our anniversary. After missing last year for the first time since 2000, we took off for Santa Barbara late Thursday afternoon. Jack is on a class field trip and then will be spending the weekend with his Uncle Tim and the Renteria's.

The plan was to spend Thursday night at the Madonna Inn in San Luis Obispo. Although I have been in the men's room years ago on the way to a rugby tournament, neither of us had ever stayed there before. With two short stops, we made it from Elk Grove to San Luis Obispo in about 4 1/2 hours. Rather than staying on Highway 46 into Paso Robles, the GPS lead us down 41 south to a one lane road and then we popped out on to Highway 101 at Santa Margarita.

We are staying in the Yosemite Falls Room. The room's wall are composed primarily of large pieces of granite. Both Sharon and I were pleasantly surprised by the room.

We had dinner in the Gold Rush Steakhouse. It is a very odd dining room... She had a steak, while I had some thick lamb chops.

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