While I had plans to finish up this journal for our fall vacation, I discovered there were just way too many photos to share in one post! So I’m only covering the next stage or our vacation…Cambria with a side trip to Harmony!
The next day, Friday, we drove south to revisit Cambria while camping at the San Simeon State Park. it was something we both looked forward to, and yet, a bittersweet visit because the last time we were there, in May, we had Charlie.
On the way south we had to drive through San Francisco, not fun due to the busy and narrow streets we had to drive to get on the freeway. After crossing the bridge, we discovered we had to pay a toll. With no one to collect, we didn’t know what to do. We got off just the other side of the bridge but didn’t see any kind of building for collecting monies. While turning around in a parking lot, I snapped this photo of the bridge!
After setting up camp once we reached the San Simeon State Park, we headed into Cambria in the late afternoon stopping by Fermentations for a tasting which turned out nicer than we thought. Trying to kill a bit of time before our reservation, a wine tasting seemed the only option. The man who waited on us turned out to be very personable and I was reminded of how much I liked their chocolate liquor and discovered another sparkling wine that was extremely good! Next, a dinner at the Sow’s Ear to celebrate an early birthday for me.
The Sow’s Ear is a nice restaurant and reminds us of nice restaurants in our home town of Taft while we were dating. Small quaint places that have character, a good menu, a friendly staff and always cozy. We asked for a seat up front by the windows and was rewarded with a reservation. Yay!
The next morning we drove around Cambria to view and admire their Scarecrow Festival. What perfect timing! Vowing to return later to get pictures, we headed for the little town of Harmony and stopped by Harmony Cellars for a little wine tasting and a souvenir. The last time we stopped by there we didn’t purchase anything so this time we picked up a set of two wine glasses – aren’t they the cutest!
Leaving Harmony Cellars we stopped by the glass blowing shop and pottery store where local folks show off their talents with beautiful pieces! A few pictures, wandering around, a little shopping, and an ice cream, we were ready to head back into Cambria.
We spent the next few hours going to favorite shops and even found a new one for olive oil and vinegars – we just had to buy some favorite flavors… yum! All the while shopping we’d stop and take pictures of the scarecrows scattered throughout town.
A little side story; well there will be two actually! LOL Our first night in San Simeon State Park, we had gone to bed and I was out – really sleeping well. And then I awake to voices outside our trailer and before I knew it, someone knocking at our door! This was at around midnight or 1:00 a.m. I had to wake hubby, who had to shake off his deep sleep and get dressed while these people keep pounding on our door. The way this campground is set up, you reserve a space but not a specific space. But for sake in reserving online you have to put in a space number, but that doesn’t mean it’s the space you’ll be camping in. Apparently these folks didn’t realize that and were very upset when they started to pull in their space and we were camped there. I can see their point of view but at the same time I didn’t know what they expected from us. We’re in our mid 60’s and it’s midnight or after, plus no lights in this campground. They expected us to try and hook up to the car in the dark when there were other camp spots available? Seriously?
That evening we reheated leftovers from our dinners the night before with a nice bottle of wine we picked up at one of the tasting rooms. It was just as good as the night before – imagine! LOL
The next morning we had done everything to make breaking camp as easy as possible – easy peasy right? Wrong! Hubby managed to lock the keys in the car and had to walk to the front entrance of the campground to get service on his cell so he could call AAA to get a tow truck. *sigh*…
Next week I promise will be the last post on our fall vacation! LOL