Adventures in SLO

Yesterday was an absolute blast! We decided to head up to San Luis Obispo for the day after seeing a commercial for the free Concerts in the Plaza earlier this week. Adrian went to Cal Poly, but I’ve only visited a few times, so we love any excuse to drive up and explore.

We left our house around 1pm and by the time we got to SLO an hour later I was absolutely starving! Perfect because little did I know I was about to have one of the best (and biggest) sandwiches of my life. We drove straight to High St. Deli because Adrian said it was THE place to go to grab a quick lunch.

I loved the outdoor patio.
I loved the outdoor patio.

Adrian and I both ordered the “Mother Nature Veg” sandwich and it was SO SO good. As in I couldn’t stop saying, “This is so good – this might be the best sandwich I’ve ever had.” That’s saying a lot because I’ve been to Ike’s in San Francisco many a time. I loved this sandwich because even though it was huge it was still light, fresh, and flavorful.

Garden Variety Runner//Mother Nature Veg

After all that eating it was time to do some hiking! First we headed to Los Osos Oaks State Natural Reserve. The park is pretty small, so we did a loop around the perimeter and it was a little over one mile total. This is a great stop if you want an short and flat mini-exploration of oak tree groves. Sadly, the little creek that runs through the park was dry.

Garden Variety Runner//Los Oso Oaks

The first time either of us have needed to wear long sleeves in a long time!
The first time either of us have needed to wear long sleeves in a long time! The breeze was chilly.

After walking through Los Osos, we still had about 2 hours until the concert began, so we decided to head up to Mt. Madonna (called that by the locals since it overlooks the famous Madonna Inn). We took the Cerro San Luis Trail up to the summit. It’s a little less than a 2 mile hike up to the top (4 miles round trip) along a fire road. The views at the top are gorgeous and you can see the neighboring Bishop Peak, which we hiked on my first trip to SLO.

Almost at the top.
Almost at the top.
At the summit.
At the summit.

It was after 4:30 by the time we made it to the top, so we decided to run for the first mile on the way back down. We weren’t in a rush, but we both wanted to let a little energy out.

Then it was a quick change in the parking lot and over to Mission Plaza for the concert. Last night’s band was The Mother Corn Shuckers who describe themselves as playing “Americana Beergrass.” They’re also that band that is playing the after party at the SLO Wild Cherry Canyon 1/2 Marathon my mom and I are running in September.

The vibe was extremely fun – everyone was having a great time and dancing/singing along. The video above was near the beginning of the night…it only got more energized and packed from there! They were playing a 3 hour set and we were both starting to get hungry by 7 – time for dinner! We decided to eat at the El Matador across the street so that we could sit out on the patio and still hear the music.

Burrito for me and nachos for him.
Burrito for me and nachos for him.

Dinner was only okay, but the location was perfect for enjoying the music. We headed back to listen to a few more songs and then headed out a few minutes early to beat the crowds. All in all, an amazing day!


Have you been to San Luis Obispo? What did you do? Where did you go?

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