Day 3, Friday, we planned on leaving by noon. We had to check out of our hotel anyway, and neither of us love driving in the dark (and also wanted to avoid LA Friday rush hour traffic). So around 10:30am we went over to my parent's hotel room to start saying goodbye and of course Miss Mila fell asleep for her morning nap (she loves her morning naps...her afternoon naps are a different story). We gently put her in her stroller inside the room and went to hang outside with everyone. My dad asked how long she'd sleep for and we said hopefully an hour. My parents knew we wanted to grab clam chowder (in a bread bowl of course) at Splash Cafe before hitting the road, so they offered to watch her while we went. We were so excited! Even though it was only 11am, there was already a line around the corner. Splash is a Pismo must! The line went quick, we found a teeny high-top table at the back of the restaurant, and when we took our first bite, we were so happy. Greg gave it a 9 out of 10; said it was probably the best clam chowder he's ever had. I agreed. We'd both had it before, but maybe it was the freedom of being on a date...or scraping the insides of the bread bowl...or being nice and hungry...or the anticipation leading up to it....Who knows but we were in heaven.
After returning from our 11am clam chowder date, we were so pleased and so surprised to see Mila still asleep in her stroller! So we joined the crowd outside; some of the family was watching from atop the cliff as my cousins Gregory & Samantha surfed down below!
Goodbye Pismo! Goodbye Kon Tiki! Goodbye loving family!!
On our way home we stopped just before Carpinteria, at 'Santa Claus Lane' to grab cookies and juice at a little cafe. We found a beach entrance and figured, since our feet didn't even touch the sand in Pismo (lame, I know) we should take Mila to the ocean. Well, she wasn't really feeling it. Oh well. Next year she'll be all over it!
And now, back to reality......
Our first vacation as a family was a big success. I'm glad we got out of town, but didn't travel too far. I'm very glad we got some quality time in with my aunts, uncles, cousins, and grandma. I'm grateful that Mila slept so well in our hotel room. The cool ocean air felt so good. The happy hours were so fun. It's going to be hard to wait an entire year to do it again.