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An interruption in the rain (and snow?!) demands a trip to the Bob Jones Trail 

Blue skies. Mid-60s temperatures. A gentle ocean breeze. Folks out and about with friends, family, and loved ones—on bikes, on runs, in strollers, in shorts and short sleeves. Dogs galore.

click to enlarge REWARD After a round-trip walk of the Bob Jones Trail, Karen Garcia and I enjoy beers at Libertine Brewing Company's Avila Beach tasting room. - PHOTOS BY PETER JOHNSON
  • Photos By Peter Johnson
  • REWARD After a round-trip walk of the Bob Jones Trail, Karen Garcia and I enjoy beers at Libertine Brewing Company's Avila Beach tasting room.

This is the San Luis Obispo we all know and love! After weeks of rain, whipping winds, and cold air, which seemed to climax with that wild hail/slush/snow-fest on Feb. 21, the clouds parted and the sun triumphed to give us two glorious weekend days, Feb. 23 and 24.

On Feb. 23 my esteemed journalist colleague Karen Garcia and I exchange text messages about this—we agree we need to do something outdoors to celebrate. Our Plan A, the Johnson Ranch trail, turned out to be a bust. The trail is closed, we assume due to the week's rain. So we start driving somewhat aimlessly in the direction of Avila Beach in search of an alternative. The beach must be calling to us because we just keep on driving all the way to the oceanfront.

Highly tempted to sit back and relax with a beer by the beach, we devise a Plan B that would actually involve some exercise. We decide to do a round-trip walk of the Bob Jones Trail and end it with a stop at Libertine Brewing Company's new-ish tasting room on San Miguel Street. Have you checked it out yet? It's a great little addition to the Avila scene.

Karen and I bask in the sun and gawk at the myriad puppies that are out (she's into Corgis, I'm meh about them) as we stroll down the 2.5-mile path. It really is such a pleasant walk—it's no wonder the community is clamoring for that final connection to SLO Town. We talk about how days like these are reminders of why we live here, even when the challenges can sometimes feel insurmountable. Karen and I moved to SLO around the same time three years ago, and we've worked at New Times together for what kind of feels like a lifetime now. We've both learned and grown up a lot as people and reporters here—we talk about that some.

click to enlarge BOOKWORM I finally got myself a library card on Feb. 23! This card commemorates the centennial of the County of SLO Libraries. - PHOTOS BY PETER JOHNSON
  • Photos By Peter Johnson
  • BOOKWORM I finally got myself a library card on Feb. 23! This card commemorates the centennial of the County of SLO Libraries.

Back in Avila, we sit back with our sour beers—Libertine's specialty—on their front patio, complete with bowls of pretzels and mustard. Then Karen brings it up: She plans to stop by the SLO Library to get a library card on her way home. I tell her I had been thinking about getting a library card for months! We agree to go together, both a little stunned that neither of us had library cards.

The cards we are issued are super cool—they commemorate the centennial of the library with a colorful design and the number "100" printed across the card. I learn that libraries in 2019 offer so much more than books to check out; you get access to e-books, movies and TV streaming, virtual reality, and more. What a valuable use of tax dollars, I say. Δ

Assistant Editor Peter Johnson is waiting for the weekend sun again at pjohnson@newtimesslo.com.

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