Tom has been taking long winter road trips for the past few years during his lay-off from surveying. Last year on his journey, he met a man, “Jay,” who lives in southern California, in a small town near Morro Bay. Jay loves the outdoors and is an avid hiker, biker, and surfer, to name a few. He’s also a doctor who works 3 days a week, so he has plenty of time off to pursue all his interests. Very well-read, smart, friendly, and extremely active.
Anyway, Tom and Jay have kept in touch and when Jay learned we were coming his direction, he invited us to stay at his house for a few days with him, his wife, “Bea,” and their youngest daugher, “Elle.” (Here’s a picture of Elle and Bea. Unfortunately, we never got a picture of the 3 of them together.)
Tom and I arrived at noon, and after the initial meeting, Jay and Bea promptly brought us out to lunch at a great little coffee/sandwich shop. It was delicious food and fantastic company. These people are very personable and extremely easy to talk to, which I liked. No worries on me being tongue-tied here! Everyone had so much to say that the conversation never stopped! (Later we met 16-year-old Elle, who is very smart and musically gifted. But she’s also very busy with school, choir, and other extracurriculars, so we didn’t see her too much during our stay.)
Jay and Bea were very generous in welcoming us into their home. It was unbelievable, really, a thousand times better than I had dared hope when Tom first told me about them. Not that I expected to be treated poorly, but it was one of those situations where I didn’t know them at all to begin with and had no idea how the chemistry between us all would work. But there were no problems whatsoever.
They live in a quiet little town with easy access to great hiking, mountain biking, and the ocean. It’s a really neat place for outdoors activities. So after eating, Jay took us on a hike through the hills near his house. It was another beautiful day, perfect for hiking, sunny and 60’s and a slight warm breeze. The view from the top was gorgeous, and the 8 mile hike was the perfect length for rusty legs. Here’s Jay and Tom at the peak of our hike.
After hiking, we took showers which were greatly needed after two days without. Then we had dinner. After that we had an impromptu jam session which was great fun. John plays the classical guitar, and we went through a few songs in my bluegrass mandolin book, with him accompanying, which was a nice treat for me. Tom also played along on his banjo, which was another nice treat for me, since it is very rare that we play together.
Overall, it was one of the best days of the trip for me thus far. And we had two more days ahead of us to stretch out in a real house and explore the town!
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