|Kee Kee and Yoda's home for the next 77 days|
|My 2001 Post-it note|
Given the recent state of my emotional health, I decided the first overnight stop should be Happy Town, U.S.A. Parade Magazine just reported that San Luis Obispo, on California's central coast, is the happiest place in the States. I'd like a shot of that Kool-Aid please. It's crazy, but as God is my witness, the rain stopped and the sky cleared just as we entered San Luis Obispo county.
|Pismo Beach Monarch Grove|
After parking Princess at the Pismo Beach Motel 6 (they welcome dogs!), I realized we were a mere 1/2 mile from the Pismo Beach Monarch Grove. Pismo has the nation's largest gathering of Monarch butterflies. Perfect - I had to go see the Monarchs! Butterflies symbolize rebirth into a new life. That's me - I'm transforming myself, seeking change and rebirth, so what more perfect way to kick off a self-discovery road trip than by being surrounded by thousands of butterflies?!! Well, the made-for-TV moment ended there. Harrumph. Yoda and I walked for a solid hour through that grove of Eucalyptus trees futilely searching for any sign of a single butterfly. It seemed we arrived too early in the season. Crestfallen, we turned to leave, when there, on a branch high above us, was a small cluster of Monarchs. It seems the Monarchs have only just begun their journey to Pismo Beach, just as I am just beginning my journey. Perhaps the symbolism is perfect after all.
|Pismo Beach surf|
|Pismo Beach rock formations|
|Cave on the beach|