San Luis Obispo to Santa Ana, California: 8.11.2008

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Woke up early in San Simeon, California, to check out of the San Simeon Lodge,

and head over to the San Simeon Beach Bar & Grill for breakfast and coffee,

before a tour of Hearst Castle.

After the Castle, we motored on down Pacific Coast Highway 1 (PCH1)

to San Luis Obispo for a drink at the swanky Madonna Inn Silver Bar Cocktail Lounge

and a bite to eat in the Copper Cafe

before continuing on to Santa Ana, California for a few days.

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Now entering to San Luis Obispo, California.

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Now arriving at the Madonna Inn.

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The pool…

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Welcome to Madonna Inn.

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Exploring the downstairs of the main lobby building.

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The Ladies’ Room…

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The Men’s Room…

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The famed rock wall waterfall urinal with motion sensors

triggering the water to run down the rock face…

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Demonstrating proper usage of the rock wall urinal…

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The unforgettable pink and red flocked Madonna Inn wallpaper.

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Now entering the Madonna Inn Silver Bar Cocktail Lounge,

the windows feature colorful stained glass imagery lit up in the daylight.

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Classy setup!

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Around the corner is the stage and dancefloor (live music nightly).

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The Gold Rush Steak House across the other side of the room.

Only open in the evening, we’re too early for a steak.

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No steak!

So we head over to the Madonna Inn Copper Cafe

and Bakery for a bite to eat.

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Cor Visser murals above the booths.

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Another restroom pitstop before with hit the road,

this Men’s Room is not quite as hilarious as the rock wall waterfall urinal,

but the decor is certainly unique.

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The Ladies’ Room…

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Gift bag!

We bought a Madonna Inn refrigerator magnet

from the gift shop.

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Farewell Madonna Inn!

Onward to Santa Ana, California.

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Vintage vehicles en route.

Back window sticker: “Model A Fords Have Never Been Recalled”

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The night sets in and we pull off by a call box

to descend an eroded staircase to the rocky shore.

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Too dark to see, we continue on to our destination.

We arrive in Santa Ana, California after dark.

Another long drive, we relax on the front porch for the evening…

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…next we attend a sporting event, the California Angels versus the Seattle Mariners.

Baseball…hot dogs…peanuts…beverages…the works!

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