Heading up the coast The Monster makes a pit stop at Hearst Castle. It’s quite splendid and now The Monster wishes he had friends with places like it. He doesn’t. Perhaps his friends should work harder so The Monster has cooler venues in which to play. Then a detour is taken to look at the sea lions. They have nothing to do with food but watching them fight is really entertaining. The Monster does learn while they are at the cove to mate they do not eat at all. So there’s that.
Then it’s off to Paso. The drive in is a gorgeous look at wine country. Beautiful mountains and stunning valleys. It’s a warm afternoon, the top is down, the music blasting. After two lunches and with dinner looming Mr. & Mrs. Monster decide a really swell idea is to hit up Bistro Laurent for a snack and a glass of wine.