"I grew up taking road trips. It was a lot of time spent in the car looking out at the countryside, reading books, singing and playing games with my parents. Those memories informed the person that I grew up to be. Road trips are essential in our culture. It’s a big, beautiful, diverse country, and there’s magic in that adventure and unknown."
What I Love Most About SLO
"What drew me is the remoteness of the place. San Luis Obispo, and really more Los Osos, is one of the last beach towns in California that doesn’t have a major thoroughfare through it - there’s no highway that runs through Los Osos. If you want to get here, you have to have a purpose. It keeps this town kind of small, quaint and special."
My Perfect Los Osos Day
"Do not miss Montana de Oro, the state park in town. It’s the last free state park in California and it’s rugged. You can walk for miles without seeing another human. It’s absolutely incredible there; truly one of the most spectacular locations on the entire coast. And for such a small town, Los Osos has some amazing cuisine, like Thai at Lotus, beers at the Baywood Ale House and La Casita for Mexican. Oh, and I love Nardonne’s, a local family-owned pizzeria that is so good."
"I’m a writer and a reader, and John Steinbeck’s my guy. Travels with Charley in Search of America is the quintessential road tripping book. East of Eden is really good too. It’s a masterpiece in the way that it captures this area’s landscape as a character: the central valley, the Salinas Valley, the rolling hills and the wind tipped oaks."