WISDOM FROM A YOUNG MANMorro Rock is perpetually fascinating in an infinite variety of light or cloud.
MORRO BAY TOPPING
"The highest duty of the writer, the composer, the artist is to remain true to himself…In serving his vision of the truth, the artist best serves his nation."
John Kennedy October 25, 1963
It is one of "seven sisters-" tectonic/volcanic mounts that ridge the central coast from Morro Bay to south of San Luis Obispo.
On our first trip to this area in 1969 we stopped to pick up fish and oysters on the docks of the fishing port next to what we called "the big rock."
The cars and people in the foreground give you a perspective to its size.
In coaxing brother John and I into the world of good manners Mom would offer "Mind your table manners. You're not eating in a barn" a variation of "Close the door, you weren't born in a barn" which made sense as she was a farm girl in her youth.
Mom would get a delight in this. I relied on those manners, including which fork and knife for what course, recently in a barn!
Hope you can read the menu, because the Halter Ranch Wine Club Ancestor Dinner was first class.
The lemon-pine nut pot de creme' desert, that I failed to photograph, was served with vin de paille. The frame below is vin de paille in the making. Vin de paille, or straw wine, is similar to ice wine. The grapes are permitted to dry for an extended time, building up the sugar content.
Another Paso Robles wine maker uses a syrah grape, dried in the vineyard. La Vigne's Amerone is a superb wine too. The Paso appellation is rich with creativity and great wine.
Lest those of you in other climes come to think that Epicurean delights are all Cambrians pursue, here's an update.
Sunday morning a group presented a personal account of a recent back packing adventure across an 11 thousand foot passage on the John Muir trail in the high Sierra.
The trek was not without incident, some got lost which raised the very real thoughts of life's fragility. It all ended well and each of the team presented personal insights, observations and reflections. It was a meaningful and enlightening time.
HOME TOWN POLITICS
The CCSD board serves as the government in this village where everyone has an at least one opinion and where everyone is correct and knows the absolute right way things should be. Just ask anyone!
Water is a big issue in year three of a drought. So too is growth in this village, the last population of significance on the Pacific Coast Highway between here and Carmel. It's good of these neighbors-everyone is a neighbor in a village of this size-to put themselves out there.
Stay tuned. In the meantime my favorite Cambria heroes are the artists in this enclave of originality.
See you down the trail.