Malii-Bu coastal cruise🙌
🐚 Good Mornin’ 🐠
Road Trip: Ventura, CA
Stay: The Country Inn
My angel 😇
Sometimes you wanna go where [ain’t nobody know] your name…
This dive bar is filled to the brim with taxidermy gems. No, I’m not talking about your casual deer running down the street. I’m talking about a moose head that could comfortably cradle myself and one other in its antlers.
Do moose (meese? mooses?) call their antlers “antlers” too?
I don’t think it’s too difficult to see that this whole nature thing wasn’t really in my vocabulary growing up in the jungle, a concrete jungle.
Either way, this is one of those “Cheers”-style gathering spots where locals get together and spread the juiciest talk-about-town!
It’s not the most modern bar around, it’s not the cleanest either, but what is a little dust when you’re from the woods. I guess that’s the appeal of the joint.
Vic’s has a homey-country feel that makes up for its slight vanity blunders. Aside from that, it’s the only bar within a good 15+ mile radius so I’m sure that helps regulate the clientele.
The bartenders are sweet and the beers are cold.
The air is thick with hints of dust and mold.
Beware peeping toms in the lady’s room.
Don’t drink and drive, it will lead to your doom.
Come party with the big boys, country-style.
Get too drunk and you’ll run the nudie mile.
All’s fair in drinking and pool.
Just watch for hustlers and don’t be a fool.
(U Can Study Buzzed)
Got my copy of The Green Guide for Business and studying how to be environmentally sound within the workplace.
How do you read/ study?
Let’s just say that The University of California, Santa Barbara prepares you for the real world. My college experience has embedded me with study habits that brought me over to the Hopland Tap House to taste some delectable brewskis and study to my heart’s content.
Business is business, reading is leisure.
Learn, my friends because knowledge is power.
The Solar Living Center
Cruising up the 101 North you come across the Solar Living Center in Hopland, CA. It’s a fully sustainable community that has beauty beyond compare. The landscape has the most amazing gardens and waterfalls— and waterways in general. There is a central meeting area that has a self-serve fruit stand that functions on an honor system. Make a 180 degree turn and you will see one of the coolest man-made creations outside of Disneyland. There is a rain structure that cascades into a pool of water, enveloping a small walkway into the area.
The Solar Living Center has a library that has every environmentally-friendly and sustainable living book that you could possibly fathom to be in one place.
I picked up one on printmaking and another about green business practices that teach you how to make your company more environmentally sound. They also offer many classes and occasional festivals where you can come onto the property and check out the beautiful grounds.
Click here for more information on the Solar Living Center.
Tomales Bay, California
On our way back up north we decided to wake up early and head over to Tomales Bay for some of the best and most renowned oysters on the planet!
We were one if the first customers at the Tomales Bay Oyster Company and managed to get a good amount of oysters to take home and barbecue for dinner for a very good deal.
Although it was a bit gloomy the view was still gorgeous. I found myself drifting into moments of nostalgia for the present, lapping up any and all details to store in my memory. I saw strange coastal trees that I had never seen before. I heard the sweet relaxing tunes of the Zac Brown Band’s “You Get What You Give” album. I felt the comforting touch of my copilot’s hand on my knee. I tasted the last remaining droplets of my bold and robustly caffeinated coffee.
It was one of those days that you’re completely content. One of those ordinarily extraordinary days.
Needless to say, I recommend you swing by this awesome oyster joint if you’re ever in the area!
We grilled our oysters and served ‘em up with bacon, BBQ sauce, and some other magical ingredients that I couldn’t fully put my finger on… (Chef secrets?). I found a similar recipe that should rock your oyster world! Check out this recipe for Grilled Oysters with Bacon!
Your taste buds will thank you and so will your significant other. *wink-wink*
Tomales Bakery, Tomales, CA
I blame it on my blood sugar but in the mornings I’m usually a bit cranky until I get my cuppa joe and something to put in my rumbling tumbly. Naturally I gravitated towards this adorable bakery in the uber small town of Tomales which we passed on our morning mission to the bay for oysters.
Tomales is a quaint little town where most of the inhabitants of the area are in the milk/cheese/yogurt industry. There were wide open pastures with nothing but the happiest of happy California cows.
Back to the food.
My cinnamon raisin roll was savory and lightly rich with gooey toffee/caramel drizzles throughout.
The coffee was organic and humanely obtained (hell yeah, humanity!) and the breads were made from scratch with only the best of ingredients.
I highly recommend you che-check it.