We got an email from Alaska airlines offering a "buy 1, get 1 free" ticket to "select destinations" (with the catch that the tickets had to be purchased that day!). We did something we had never done before, which was to make a very quick decision to take a vacation. We wanted somewhere with sunshine and warmer than Tacoma in January, and we wanted to avoid having to change planes, so we picked San Luis Obispo, in the California Central Coast region.


We found ourselves AirBnb lodging and enjoyed a 4-night, 5-day (including travel) visit. The weather was perfect, with sunshine or mixed sunshine/clouds each day, with highs in the mid-to-upper 60s and lows in the mid 40s, a nice break from the dark and rainy season we had been suffering through.

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