Continuing with our beach-themed vacation, yesterday we visited Avila Beach.

If you step back for a second and look at some recent history, the Avila Beach of now is a far cry from the Avila Beach of when I was in college.  Back in 1999, Unocal cleaned up some 400,000 gallons of oil by-products from underneath Avila, meaning that they dug up the entire beach and tore down pretty much all of the buildings along the beach front.  It was not, by any stretch of the imagination, a beach resort vacation destination.

Now look at it.

We didn't spend much time there, but the weather was perfect, and the T-man got to stick his toes into the chilly Pacific once again.


For lunch, we met up with some of my former VERITAS coworkers at the Cool Cat Cafe.  Cool Cat is a burger joint straight out of the 50s, complete with greasy fries and real milkshakes.  And let me tell you, if you're not used to eating that kind of food, you're not going to be feeling right for a couple of hours afterward.  I believe the medical term for it is Food Coma.

Dinner was magnificent.  Kelly brought home some takeout from our favoritist Italian joint in the whole wide world, Buona Tavola.  I had the Tagliolini, and she had the Tortellini di zucca alla salvia e mascarpone (pumpkin tortellini).  Both.  To.  Die.  For.  If you're ever in SLO (or Paso Robles), PLEASE eat at this restaurant.  You will not be disappointed.

Not much happened, otherwise.  It was a pretty low key and kick-back day.