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wayoflife
06-12-2012, 03:36 PM
What could possibly scream a "JEEP WAY OF LIFE" better than an 800+ miles trip up through the California Central Coast and back again, more than half of which is run on rural back-roads and byways and, all of which is done doorless and topless!! And, to the 38 people who chose to brave the hundreds of miles traveling with us in triple digit heat, choking dust and frigid fog, all I can say is that you really are true blue Jeepers at heart and, ones that I am proud to have as friends. Here are some pics from our adventures, I hope you all enjoy.

Moby Dick and Nemo stripped down, all packed up with just what we need and ready to roll...
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Going to bed at our home for the night in Grapevine...
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View of the 5 heading up into golden hills of the Tejon Pass...
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Meeting up with everyone and getting the convoy lined up at the Tejon Ranch Truck Stop...
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Making a stop over at the sprawling oilfields near Taft...
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Off pavement and heading up into the Temblor Range...
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In an effort to keep out of the dust, everyone spreads way out...
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Even though it was only 10 AM, the temps were already getting into the high 80's and with a long steep climb to boot, one of the JK's in our convoy got a "Hot Oil" light on and so, we stopping at the summit to let it cool off...
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On the move again, we headed into the Carrizo Plains and made a stop at the border sign to take in the sights and take some pics...
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Working our way along the Carrizo Plains and across the San Andreas Fault...
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Making a stop to hike out to Soda Lake...
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Walking along the boardwalk on the shores of Soda Lake...
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A few of us decided to be adventureous and walked out onto the crusty bright white surface of Soda Lake...
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Looking south across the mineral rich lake bed...
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After Crossing over the La Panza Range, we made a stop over at the famous and historic Pozo Saloon - a watering hole that's been serving customers since 1858...
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What a bummer!! Unfortunately for us, the Pozo Saloon was closed...
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But, just as we were about to leave, the owner opened up the door and invited us in...
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HONEY BADGER decided to order something small to drink...
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Nothing like a Pozo Martini at the Pozo Saloon...
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The owner of the bar demonstrating how to prepair a dollar so that it can be thrown up and stuck on the ceiling...
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Getting ready to donate a dollar...
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BAM!! It sticks!!
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Even though the Pozo Saloon is out in the middle of nowhere, it still hosts large concerts and features names such as Willie Nelson, Lynyrd Skynyr and Snoop Dog. Here's Moochie checking out some of the posters from past events...
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After pulling into San Luis Obispo and getting cleaned up, we all headed down to the farmers market to grub on some tasty BBQ and then some...
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Later on in the evening, we made a stop over at Mother's to enjoy a cold one...
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wayoflife
06-12-2012, 03:36 PM
Day 2

With a few more people including Full-Traction Suspension hooked up with us in San Luis Obispo...
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Packing in the Breakfast Buzz for some morning grub...
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After picking up some sandwiches and snacks, we headed up the Paso Robles area and made our first winery stop over at Donati Family Vinyards...
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Time to do some tasting...
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Diane and brainchild reviewing the tasty selections for the day...
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Verdulken smelling the bouquet of his wine as westexasjk reads the description
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Taking a beautiful scenic route up and over to Klau Mine Rd. on our way to Justin, the next winery on our tour...
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Packing in the parking area....
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Time to do some more tasting...
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RanchoRubi, Michelle and Laura getting a run down of the wines they will be tasting today...
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Enjoying some wine and having some lunch on the shaded picnic tables out front...
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After lunch, we headed over to the haunted Adelaida Cemetery in the hopes of finding the grave of Charlott Sitton - the ghost who walks these hills...
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Checking out the creepy caretakers shed...
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Reviewing the roster with the hopes of getting a better idea of where to start looking...
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Hiking up to the old part of the cemetery...
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Combing through the graves trying to read the faint writing on the headstones...
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After much consideration and double checking what we know, we decide that this broken headstone might be it...
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Making a last stop over at Halter Ranch before heading up to Fort Hunter Liggett for the night....
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Unfortunately, these guys were kind of jerks and not real inviting and so a better part of our group decided to use the time and relax outside on their patio...
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After a lovely drive along the Interlake Road, we arrived at our destination for the evening, the beautiful and historic, Hacienda...
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brainchild opening up the blinds in his cute cowboy room...
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Moochie giving a tour of his sweet mini-suite...
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HONEY BAGER and Tiki JK's lovely Garden Room...
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And this is the Tower Room that we got...
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Time to BBQ!!
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Celebrating HONEY BADGER's birthday and Partying well into the night at Club Hacienda...
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wayoflife
06-12-2012, 03:37 PM
Day 3

Breakfast the following moring in the main dining hall of The Hacienda which is adorned by a famous mural painted by Bill Runyan and finished in1957...
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Before heading out, we spent some time exploring the grounds surrounding The Hacienda...
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Looking out across our JK's and out to the Gibb Hall where the rest of our group stayed...
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A few group shots before heading out...
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Our first stop of the day - Mission San Antonio de Padua...
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Built in 1771, this was the 3rd mission that Father Junipero Serra built in California and is the site of the first marrige in the state...
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Exploring the grounds surrounding the mission...
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View inside the old church...
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And, taking some time to do some shopping at the gift shop...
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Lining up and getting ready to hit the trails again...
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Crossing over the Santa Lucia Range...
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View from the top looking back at Fort Hunter Liggett...
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Ahhhh!! After a very long and dusty ride, the Pacific Ocean at last....
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Did I mention it was a long dusty ride?
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Being that we stayed at The Hacienda, a building designed and built by Julia Morgan for William Randolf Hearst, the plan was to do a tour of Hearst Castle but, as luck would have it, all the tours were booked and so, we decided to head down to Morro Bay instead to have some lunch...
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After arriving in Buellton, our home for the night, we got cleaned up, had a nice dinner at AJ Spurs and then partied into the night at The Clubhouse Bar...
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wayoflife
06-12-2012, 03:37 PM
Day 4

All packed up and ready to hit a couple more wineries before heading back home....
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Making our first stop over at the Firestone Winery...
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ramin and Thorny with smiles that just couldn't be wiped off...
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And finally, our last winery for this trip, Gainey...
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While some of our group headed into Solvang and the others for home by highway, the remaining members of our group decided take a scenic route up and over the Santa Ynez Mountians along the Camino Cielo Rd....
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Making a stop on top of Santa Rosa Peak...
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View from the top of Santa Ynez Peak looking out toward Santa Barbara...
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Santa Rosa Island peeking through the fog...
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Back on pavement again and ready to head on home...
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Too bad for us there was so much traffic - what a bummer....
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We finally pulled into our garage at about 9:30 PM and, giving our tripometer a look, this is a reading of the amount of miles we just ran completely doorless and topless - what a hell of a fun run!!
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To see more pics from our trip, simply click on the link below:

Project-JK Central Coast Topless Tour & Wine Tasting 2011 Photo Gallery (http://project-jk.com/wpg2?g2_itemId=254397)

Once again, I would like to thank everyone who joined us on this amazing adventure and for truly making it as memorable as it was. Certainly, it wouldn't have been anywhere as fun without you all. I hope you enjoyed yourselves as well and I hope to see you all again soon. :cool:

Honey Badger
06-12-2012, 08:02 PM
Great time on that run. Thanks for posting and bringing back the memories.

piginajeep
06-12-2012, 09:51 PM
we need to head back that way!!

blazer
06-12-2012, 10:52 PM
Thanks for the good memories through your pictures. Really liked all the variety
on the trip, heat of the central valley, the closed/open bar, dusty roads, street
BBQ, military base, mission, highway 1, wine tasting, and of course friends.
Looking forward to a repeat trip this year if possible.

DManuel
06-12-2012, 11:11 PM
Good times. Ready to do it all again.

jktubby
06-13-2012, 08:31 PM
Looks like such a fun trip. I wish i lived closer :drinks: