What: Clint Slaughter and Laura Foreman's wedding
When: Sunday September 17, 2006, tentatively at 2pm
- On Sunday morning around 9 we may go surfing in Cayucos followed by a little
decorating and setup of the hall.
- Hopefully we'll have a bonfire after the reception on the beach!
- We're planning a BBQ at our house in San Luis Obispo on Monday - it is also
Clint's (in honor of his father Frank) 3rd Annual 30th B-day party.
- Considering a group wine tasting outing on Tuesday
- Although gifts are not expected (just seeing many of you is a gift enough
- cheesy but true), if you'd like to give us something we have come up with
- 1. We have a regular wedding registry at Crate
- 2. We are planning a climbing and diving trip to Thailand for our honeymoon
- see our Thailand 2006 Itinerary page
for gift ideas.
- 3. We support Save
the Children and a donation
in our name can be made for a worthwhile cause. Save the Children
has been shown to be one of the best aid organizations in the world, with
the largest percent of donations going directly to supplies and programs
for those who truly need it.
- 4. A Kayak - If people want to get together to get us something as a
group, we won't complain! W were thinking we'd like a tandem
cockpit-style seak kayak with a rudder.
- 5.. Make yourself carbon neutral for the year - We're really supporting
the concept that everyone needs to reduce their own footprint as they
can. A simple $99 tax-deductable donation to CarbonFund.org
will neutralize the estimated 23 tons of CO2 that each of us releases
into the atmosphere by our modern daily consuption and habits. Just send
us a card saying that you've donated and we'll be happy little treehuggers.
- Clint's other ideas: An
Aerobed, a camping
"porta potty shelter", a bike
- Laura's other ideas to come
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Assuming you're invited, there are plenty of local
places to stay, either in San Luis Obispo (where we are), Morro Bay, or Cayucos
(20 minutes north of SLO). Vacation rentals at that time are generally either
nightly or weekly and you should be able to pre-reserve or reserve a place now,
but they'll start to get booked up as we move into spring. We are fortunate
enough to live in a "vacation destination" and we'll be around the
week before and after the wedding. Feel free to stay for a week and explore
the area, we don't mind being tour guides but it will have to be flexible due
to work schedules, wedding planning, etc. We currently have 3 cars in service
(The Honda Element, the Volvo wagon, and the biodiesel-powered '84 Mercedes
surf wagon, plus some kind-hearted neighbors, so with some juggling, we can
transport some people). There's also an easily accessible train/bus/transit
system that can get you from L.A. to San Francisco, to and around San Luis Obispo,
to Morro Bay and Cayucos.
After the Wedding:
From Monday on, visitors may opt to stay near the ocean and enjoy cool
and relaxing breezy beach days on the California coastline; or head a whole
20 minutes inland to the quaint-yet-hip downtown San Luis Obispo with it's famous
Thurday night Farmer's Market, historical Mission, and trendy shopping. We have
a few surfboards if people want to give it a shot, the waves are generally fairly
small this time of year and on a glassy morning would be the perfect opportunity
for all of you who wanted to try surfing but never got the chance. For the experienced
surfers, bring your wetsuits! The water temp is in the 50's so I'd bring at
least a 4/3 suit with booties. We have a 10', a 9'6", an 8' and a 6' "schlongboard"
(homemade by neighbor, Stefan) to share and a few wetsuits to borrow as well.
We're on having a BBQ (Clint's 3rd annual 30th B-day party) on Monday and probably
do a group wine tour with a van on Tuesday. For those looking to make this into
a "California Vacation": Hearst Castle or Santa Barbara are easy day
trips from San Luis. Los Angeles, Monterey, Santa Cruz, or San Franscisco/Muir
Woods would be great 1+ night trips. Or, you can reach Lake Tahoe, Yosemite,
San Diego, Napa Valley, Joshua Tree, Mount Whitney and other destinations are
5-8 hour drives and would make great 2+ day touring trips around California.
- Maps of San
Luis Obispo, Cayucos, and the county including a great interactive Wine Tasting
Luis Obispo Lodging search, plus links to local info.
- SLO Airport - We are 5 minutes
from the airport and can easily arrange transportation. For cheaper airfare
you can fly into LAX, San Francisco, or San Jose. It is approximately a 3
hour drive or so depending on traffic, you can rent one-way or round-trip
cars, or we can use the message board for car-pooling from the major airports.
- SLO Transit,
the Regional Transit Authority,
or Amtrak which offers the
relaxing Pacific Surfliner with views of the ocean for miles.
- Cayucos Vistor Information
- Rentals, Lodging, dining, activities, etc.
- See Lyon Rental - There
are some condos 1/2 block from the Veteran's hall (the top 4 under "Oceanfront
Condos" on the site) that would be great if you're staying for more than
2-3 days. Other condos and a few more at that complex are available at other
- Madonna Inn - Home of the famous
"bathroom waterfall", this fantastically tacky and overly opulent
restaurant and hotel offers great steaks and interesting themed rooms.
- In classic Cali style, the weather in September is generally sunny and in
the 70's during the day and drops into the 50's-60's at night with some wind
so bring a few sweaters or a mid-weight jacket. The water is in the 40's-50's
so you'll need a wetsuit to swim or surf (we have a few plus rentals are available)
- Local Activities
- Beaches - the famed Pismo
Beach is 15 minutes south, as well as Avila
Beach, Morro Bay, Montana
de Oro State Park, and Cayucos within 15-30 minutes. It's a little
cool for all you sunbathers, but you can get a tan midday. This should
be a good time to try out surfing, with smaller, summer waves. We have
a few longboards and would love to take people out for a lesson!
- Wine Tasting - 5 minutes from San Luis Obispo (and actually right across
the street from the airport) you'll be close to a multitude
of wineries, we're 45 minutes north of where "Sideways"(wine
tour link) was filmed. There are more
wineries 30 minutes North in Paso Robles.
- Hearst Castle is 45 minutes
north of SLO (25 minutes north of Cayucos) and you can easily take the
classic Route 1 drive up the California coast through Big
Sur to Monterey.
- Downtown SLO - San Luis Obispo has plenty of art galleries and shops
downtown, plus there are outlets in Atascadero and Pismo Beach.
- California Missions
- One of the 21 historical missions is located here in San Luis Obispo.
There are 3 or 4 others relatively close for those interested in touring.
- Hiking and Biking - There's plenty of local hiking around town, in Montana
de Oro State Park, we also have great road biking and mountain biking