Rita is still getting really stressed in the car (probably a subject for another post) so she was exhausted after our drive to Los Olivos. She collapsed on top of her squeaky chipmunk.
Los Olivos was HOT but lovely. Lots of pretty flowers and cacti:
Didn't seem right to visit Los Olivos and not buy something olive-related, so we picked up some olive oils (and a bunch of balsamic vinegars!).
Rita was super excited about the bacon-flavored olive oil. (And we were happy they let us bring her along in - it was so hot out we all needed a dose of A/C!)
Nothing like ending a hot day with a lovely, cold margarita. Yum.
After 2 nights there, we went on to Cambria. (Gold star for you if you remember we also went to Cambria for vaca at this time last year. It's not too far, a lovely spot and very dog friendly so we decided to go back!)
We stopped at a random beach in Cayucos to give Rita a break from the car - and there were more sand dollars on that beach than I've ever seen in my life! They were everywhere!
One of the ones we brought home with us broke. Did you know sand dollars sometimes have "little birds" inside them? This one was pretty perfect!
We love beach-combing in Cambria! Here are the hubs and Rita having a romp.
The beaches there are so pretty!
While the hubs and I plunked down to comb through the rocks for bits of sea glass, Rita enjoyed the view...
...and sank her toes into the beach.
Of course I made her "go to your bed" and pose on things, like rocks...
...and the cool benches at Fiscalini Ranch - a great spot to walk dogs and look at the otters having breakfast in the ocean! Wish I had a photo of the otter we saw, but I forgot to bring my big camera! We also saw LOTS of dolphins. It was really cool!
We also visited this beach near Hearst Castle - we had it to ourselves. Probably because it was ridiculously windy!
Windy or not, Rita still had a great time chasing sticks and trying to bury them. Even if she did have to squint for her close up.
Of course, no road trip is complete (IMHO) without great road snacks. Man, it's lucky we never see these tasty flavors of Kettle chips at the stores around our house! Pepperoncini? Maple Bacon??! Moscow Mule??? Whaaaat? (The Moscow Mule really did taste like one - like lime and ginger, if you've never had that particular cocktail before.)
We generally love to hike/take long walks on vaca, but this was my fave activity - relaxing with a book in the window seat that had a view of the ocean. (And Rita liked to watch all the dogs walking by heading for Fiscalini Ranch!)
What's your favorite part of a road trip?
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