We took Toby to one last beach to get some energy out before our long drive, and then we strapped him back into his little doggie car seat and shipped out.
It was bittersweet, of course. I could have stayed a few more days, but I was also exhausted and the thought of my own bed was making me drool.
On the way down, we stopped in San Luis Obispo for lunch. I decided to take a break from my smartphone, and we just parked and stopped at the first place we found, which was a little sandwich shop called Sal's Sandwiches and Beer. This place was pretty much the sandwich mecca of central California. The sandwich selections were extremely unique, the beer selection was wonderful, and they even give you a blow pop with your sandwich. How cool is that?
The sandwiches were huge, so Boyfriend and I shared one. There were a lot of interesting choices, like "The Ugly Sweater," and "The Uncle Andre." After a long, difficult process of decision making, we got one called "The Taggart Boy," which was "Sliced steak, jalapeno poppers, provolone, lettuce, tomato, hot sauce, BBQ sauce, garlic aioli on sourdough roll." It was so freakin' good, especially with a good bottled local beer. All I can say is, Mr. Sal, you have something wonderful and magical in this sandwich shop of yours, and you need to keep it up....forever.
On our way out, my cupcake dreams finally came true! Nestled inside a Cold Stone Creamery franchise is a little cupcake shop called On A Lark Cupcakes, which we were told was the ice cream shop's side project. I got a raspberry cheesecake cupcake, a cookies n' cream cupcake, and a salted caramel cupcake. We ate them intermittently on the drive home, finishing the salted caramel one around 5PM, when we finally made it back home. The raspberry cheesecake cupcake was by far the best, but all three were decadent, rich, fluffy, and moist. A perfect ending to a perfect trip.