A drive down the coast

 I'm writing today from San Luis Obispo, where my dear friend Lynn and her husband currently live. 

Yesterday I went from another dear friend's house in Berkeley to Monterey, where I fulfilled a lifetime "bucket list" goal, of going to the Monterey Bay Aquarium. I wasn't going to go, but then I was standing there and I realized that I was within walking distance of a place I've wanted to see my entire life and I would really regret not going. So I went, and I became a member of the Monterey Bay Aquarium, so I will definitely be going again ASAP, because that's what a membership does for you.

Me, very happy to be fulfilling a longtime wish

Happy to be at the Monterey Bay Aquarium

This is one of the best designed aquariums I've ever been to in my life. It was incredible.

A school of sardines swimming in a circular tank
A huge school of fish swimming freely in a giant tank, with a hammerhead shark nearby (!!)
A crazy comb jellyfish that has rainbow prisms on it

After I left Monterey, I headed down the 1. 
For those of you who haven't done this drive, it is a spiritual experience, and one that I highly recommend. I haven't done this drive in several years, and it was truly wonderful to do it alone.

Thanks to the Italian tourists who took this picture
Let's do this, baby!
The famous Bixby Bridge
On the way to San Luis Obispo

On my way to San Luis Obispo, I stopped to see the wild elephant seals just north of the city. it's a very special thing to be able to see them, because they are only here in the winter. The mama seals were nursing their pups, who are not very old in these pictures. 

Baby seals getting nice and fat!
Male elephant seal is the large one with the big nose. Always making a ruckus
A beautiful sunset on the elephant seals

So there you have it. My drive yesterday.

It's always a spiritual experience to drive down the 1, and yesterday was no exception. 

I'm happy to be spending time on the road interspersed with times of break and times to see the beautiful natural world around me. In future tour routing, I want to be much better about carving out time to SEE things on the way, instead of just rush rush rushing off to show after show after show. It really enhances the touring experience for me. 

Tomorrow night at 7pm, I'll be playing at Linnaea's Cafe in San Luis Obispo. Most likely I'll do two sets, one at 7 and the other around 8. There's no cover at Linnaea's and it's all ages, so I hope to see you there!