Mundane Monday, Vol. IV: To the Beach

Monday, April 1, 2013
So last week, I had the pleasure of vacationing at the beach. We went to Morro Bay, CA but also visited the other near by small beach towns. 

I love everything about the beach. The sound of the waves crashing as you fall asleep at night, the bright sun, the warm sand. I need to find a way to live there year round.

One of my favorite things to do is to walk along the shore and beach comb. I found a lot of small, pristine sand dollars. I still need to finish applying hardeners, but I cleaned and lightly bleached them already.

 Morro Bay docks. Playing around with cross processing and fish eye.

What's a trip to the beach without fish and chips? Giovanni's, by the docks in Morro Bay. Morgan has more of ... a widely accepting palate shall we say, so he thought they were THE GREATEST EVER and the highlight of the trip. I thought the fish was just so-so.

We went to Hazard Canyon in MontaƱa De Oro during low tide so that we could scramble around in the tidal pools. It was rather slippery with all the kelp (I feared that I would accidentally damage my camera, I need to look into getting a neoprene sleeve for it.) but I saw some pretty neat things. Hermit crabs, anemones and STARFISH

We also stopped at the Brown Butter Cookie Company in Cayucos. My mother-in-law-to-be wanted me to try their famous cookies to see if we could get the recipe down.

They're rather expensive for the simple ingredients; the Original flavor only contains flour, butter, brown sugar, vanilla, baking soda and sea salt. They cost about $12.95 for 12 small cookies (each perhaps 1.5x the size of a quarter), which is RIDICULOUS. I'm going to try this recipe that a simple Google search yielded.

All in all, a really great trip. Despite slathering on sunblock like a fanatic, I did tan a bit. Even better, it was a nice even tan and not my typical rotting banana look. Even though it was March, it was still quite warm. I can't wait to go again in the summer when the water is actually warm enough to maybe venture into for a bit.

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