April 25th, 2011
Love, love Earth Day!
This year, for the first time since I came to San Luis Obispo four years ago, Earth Day festival was held at the El Chorro Regional Park near Cuesta College. It was very disturbing for me at first, because I don’t have a car. Then, to my happiness, I found out that there is RTA shuttle and SLO transit bus running all day to the park for free during the festival!
Go SLO public transit!!!
I took the bus at 10:00 AM, when I found another bonus to the free bus day during Earth Day – guarantee double decker! I got to ride at the top front sits all the way to Cuesta. The scenery was beautiful, as the Central Coast has always been. I was rather pleased, and so was the little kid sitting next to me. Everyone on the car was just having a very peaceful day, and they all started talking as soon as they got on the bus. I joined in for a while, but as most of the rider were the elder local residences, I slowly recede to quiet listening. It was very peaceful and calming that way.
We switched to a shuttle when we got to Cuesta. The lady sitting next to me wore a hat decorated with jasmine. We somehow struck up a conversation about it. Before I know it, I was at the festival. There were so many booth! No wonder it is not hold at the Mission Plaza this time. The area had a lot of wild grasses though, so it was a good thing I wore jeans and sketchers shoe (which also help me struck up a cute conversation with the little child at the bus when I was waiting for the Cuesta shuttle :D).
I took a quick walk around first – or I intended to. I wouldn’t deny that I got distracted a couple of times… *cough* Ummm… I was surprised to realize that I gotten quite into the SLO nature society. I saw several people that I know – Wendy from Bali Isle (she’s finally getting a booth during Farmers!) , a gardener I know from Growing Ground (We started talking about a plant that I suspected to be edible), three people from Growing Ground (one which I met once a year ago, which I recalled because of her necklace, to her surprise – and mine. Memory is an amazing thing…), and two people whom I know frequents the library (I didn’t know them personally though, just saw them around). In addition, I found three of guys from my year of architecture just hanging out at the festival.
Around mid-day, I visited the Botanical Garden for the first time. After walking back and forth to for a while (they were very busy, and I asked very specialized questions regarding gardening and culinary. I also visited the library.), I got their memebership (50% off due to Earth Day, and comes with a free subscription of Better Homes and Gardens!), a pot of French Lavender (which I got with a $7 coupon for new member, resulting in a total payment of only $2), and a magnetic tin box containing Nastutuim seeds (Can’t resist…). I am hoping to make some lavender cake and nasturtium butter once they’ve grown.
I was also planning to buy a new shirt from Morro Coast Audubon Society since their shirt was somewhat cute, but they don’t have the size I want (Extra small, of course). I wanted to take a free tree from One Cool Earth too, but I don’t have a garden to grow a tree.
Finally, I finish the the day off with a Strawberry Banana Smooth – made using solar powered blender. The bus came right when I was ready, so I ran over and hope onto the bus. It is a bit sad that the day is finally over – I would say that this is one of the best Earth Day festival I have had so far! I am looking forward toward next year already!