Posted by Lauren
You remember how New Years’ Eve was on a Tuesday?! Well I pretended that New Years Eve was the weekend before (Dec 27-29) and spent time with some of my favorite college friends.
You know where.
SAN LUIS “I Love You So Much” OBISPO.
The night before I left for SLO, I joined a few of my high school besties at Yard House in Santana Row. I begged Vanessa, Sarah, and Natalie to join me on the roadtrip so it could be just like old times (their SLO visits were the best). Sadly, they were busy :( but at least we had a chance to reminisce about Facebook photos that are now super-hidden.
My friend Jon decided last minute that he couldn’t miss out on the fun, so he drove the two of us down to SLO (thank you!!) Friday afternoon. Kerry & Matt were the next to arrive, from Orange County, and then Victor from Gilroy. Next to arrive were Andrew & Mimi from LA and then Krizia & Ari from SF and Clay from NYC. I love how SLO is the perfect meeting spot between Norcal and Socal (and NYC?).
The girls got ready…
Our entire group went to Splash Cafe…
Tyler met us at Splash, but he unfortunately couldn’t stay the weekend. I blame the Lakers. UGH.
We took the party downtown and spent most of the night at Buffalo…
Group selfies = Grelfies?
The hottest couple on the trip… and their big balls.
Typical roommate pic photo bombed by Clay and Matt…
After a deeeeeep sleep, we got ready for breakfast at Frank’s. Clay kept talkin’ up their breakfast sandwiches, so I just had to try one. Typically we get bfast burritos but I’ll admit the bfast sandwich felt a lot healthier. If that’s even possible at Frank’s.
Jon, Victor, me, Krish, Ari, Kerry, Matt… great group!
With a solid breakfast in us, we were ready to tackle Bishop’s Peak. According to Wikipedia, Bishop’s Peak is “a 1,546 feet volcanic plug … it is the tallest of the Morros or “Nine Sisters”, a chain of similar peaks stretching to Morro Bay.” It’s 20 million years old! Dang.
As we hiked up, we played Catchphrase. Good clean fun!
The views. Oh my…
Did you get my snapchat :) ?
Victor looks to the Men’s Colony a mile away from our alma mater LOL…
So much love for this town and these people at the top of the rock!
We made it safely back down the mountain and then headed to the hotel. Clay and Vic convinced us to hit up the hotel pool (yes, it was December 28th and nearly 80 degrees out) so we used that as an opportunity to FaceTime with Fran. We missed her dearly!!
I’m not sure how we managed to go so long without food (especially after that hike!) but we went to a laaaate lunch at Firestone’s for good ol’ fashioned BBQ. Basket of the best fries ever? Yes! My favorite tri tip salad? YES!
We walked back to our hotel — some people watched Pawn Shop, some people napped, some people had shots of Fireball…. oh wait, that was everyone. After a few rounds of Correspondence (don’t play unless you’re going to play nice or are ready to lose friends) we walked back downtown for sushi & sake bombs.
The table near us was celebrating a birthday and asked us to join in on two complimentary sake bombs. Don’t mind if we do….
And of course, we ended the night dancing at a variety of bars. Gotta love the college town vibe.
Sunday morning we went to Gus’s Grocery, a beloved sandwich joint among Cal Poly students. It was only 11 am, but I **needed** that sandwich. Yum Yum Yum Yum.
We went around the table and shared our Rose (best thing) and our Thorn (worst thing) of the weekend. Gosh, can we get any cheesier? Really though, it was a fun way to sum up the weekend.
I love these guys so much — I’m extremely lucky to have amazing friends like them in my life. Some of these faces I met on Day 1 at Cal Poly in 2005. Some of these faces are new as of last year. The common thread is that they are all kind and silly and amiable. I wish we all lived in the same city and could hang out every weekend!
Happy New Year!