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    Bubble Gum Alley – Weird Attraction In San Luis Obispo

    San Luis Obispo is one of the most beautiful places to live here in California. It’s home to great weather, friendly people, wine country nearby, awesome small businesses located downtown, which leads me to a strange attraction.

    What’s this strange attraction?

    An alley that’s about 70 feet long and walls that are about 15 feet high. What makes this alley unique is the walls being completely covered in old chewed up bubble gum that people have left stuck on the walls.

    Yes, bubblegum.

    It is two walls completely covered in gum! Go ahead and type in bubble gum alley into Instagram and you will see literally thousands of pics of people posting up selfies with bubble gum alley in the background. It has become an increasingly popular spot for tourists to visit. Much of that growing popularity has a lot to do with people sharing on social media.

    The history behind it is a bit sketchy that I’ve heard goes back all the way to World War 2. It’s also been said that is started up in the ’70s. Throughout the years, some people have seen it as very unhygienic and have been cleaned up during those times.

    Obviously, the cleanups never lasted and time and time again, the walls get covered with gum. At this point, nobody really seems to care. It is a popular spot and it brings in a ton of people to the downtown area where many local businesses benefit from the added foot traffic.

    When you walk down the alley it really does give a person a cool view. It’s very artistic looking and it has a gritty and rugged texture to the whole wall. As you walk through it, you can see some people even try to create symbols and patterns out of their used up bubble gum. People do try to get creative with the gum and every single person that walks through just adds more gum to the walls.

    When one looks at it up close and personal it does tend to look a little on the gross side and one can see why some people would see it as unsanitary and might see the reason to clean it up.

    Doing a little research, one can see that germs, viruses, and bacteria do not really live or last long on gum after it leaves the mouth of someone. It takes about 30 minutes for the leftover moisture or saliva that can harbor germs, viruses, and bacteria to dry up so we really don’t have much to worry about.

    All in all, bubble gum alley in San Luis Obispo has really become quite the little touristy spot in beautiful downtown. The young and the old (and even animals!) have been drawn to the spot to see what all the fuss is about. It’s a narrow corridor covered with every single color of the rainbow that looks amazing to see especially in pictures.

    Don’t get to close as you pose it up for a selfie, it is best appreciated from a distance.

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    Paso Robles. Wine Town In SLO

    Being a resident of the town of Paso Robles California for well over 35 years, I can really tell you some history about this town and it’s growing popularity.

    When I first arrived here to the town of Paso Robles I was just 5 years old. It had a population of 10,000 people and had a total of about 3 traffic lights in the entire town. It was just a tiny blip on the radar in the state of California and pretty insignificant little town. It was always a very rural town and parts of the outskirts of it still remains that way.

    During that time it was known as a walnut and almond production town and if you drive around the rural parts of town, you can still see the old remains of old almond trees. As the 1990s started to roll around the town really began to grow. During this time, wine grape production began to start sprouting around. Before the year 2000 rolled around, full-blown wine production and grape growing had taken over the town. Today, you see a monstrous popularity in wine in this town and has pretty much made Paso Robles known for wine.

    Wine is such a huge industry in Paso Robles that some have even considered changing the city logo from an image of an oak tree, what the town was actually named for, to images of vineyards. Many of the original residents don’t care too much for all the vineyard growth in the town but they can not deny that it has placed the town on the map.

    When people think about San Luis Obispo County many think of the beautiful town of San Luis Obispo itself, the wonderful climate of the 5 cities area, Morro Bay coastline, and the wine in Paso Robles. Its popularity has lead to massive growth in the last decade. Housing has sprung up everywhere. Many of the residents here in town have moved from more expensive areas to live like the Bay Area and the Southern LA area and increased the amounts of luxury homes. There is a massive amount of tourism that takes place in the town which has lead to the building of a large number of large hotels throughout the town. There are wine tours that take place year-round and tourists love the rural drives out to many of the vineyards located around the outskirts of town. One can even make the case that a driving school will soon be needed to teach drivers the many wine tours this town offers.

    Some of these vineyards have become so elaborate and fancy that many have become venues for events and wedding. It really is remarkable to see all the changes that have taken place. There are many award-winning wines and people come from all around to taste and tour the locations. You know you’ve hit wine country when as soon as you drive in from highways 46 east you see one giant billboard displaying their wine brands. Go ahead and type in #pasorobles into Instagram and I guarantee you that most of the pics you will see will be about wines a, wine tours, and wineries.

    There have been a few trends that are beginning to change. As you drive around you will see that now breweries are starting to sprout around. It all started with the addition of Firestone and it’s giant brewing operation. The beer has had explosive growth and some of its brews have spread out all over the country, mostly it’s popular beer the 805. Other breweries have also started to take off including Barrel House Brewery and Santa Maria Brewery. Who knows, Maybe this town has meant to thrive and alcoholic beverages. Whatever the case may be, it certainly has put Paso Robles on the map.

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    San Miguel – The Forgotten Town In SLO

    Without a doubt that central coast is one of the most beautiful places to live in this country. So, as I write this next post we’re going to focus on one of the parts of the central coast here in San Luis Obispo that very often gets neglected.

    And that part that gets neglected is the northern part of San Luis Obispo County. The part that always gets overlooked is the small and pleasant town of San Miguel California. San Miguel is one of the smaller cities in this county. With a smaller population of about 10,000 people, it’s a very rural town and it’s built on a small community.

    It’s a very pretty place to live if you enjoy a more rural feel and fewer crowds and traffic. Being that it’s in the northern part of the county, it is one of the most affordable places to live here in San Luis Obispo. It’s a strange thing to see, almost every town in all of California that has a mission built on it tends to be a very popular and populated town. For San Miguel, that never took place. It is home to San Miguel’s mission a historical landmark in a tourist attraction for a lot of people driving by the 101. That mission has been standing for well over 200 years and has in doored the elements of earthquakes and years of decay. Yet, it still stands there as a symbol of this town. The town has a very small feel to it and is home to a few local businesses.


    Home To Some Classic Shops & Businesses

    If you take a trip downtown San Miguel you will see that there are a lot of old shops and businesses still around. It reminds me of an old school feel and almost feels like I’m taking a trip in a time machine to a much simpler time. There is a quaint feel to it and almost doesn’t seem that you really want it to change. It feels nice and the people that live there really enjoy it. They also have their fair share of events like small car shows and Christmas parades that I’m sure everyone knows each other.  

    The population is small but it is also growing as new housing tracts have popped up as the years have gone by. There are growing neighborhoods that have been built with the self-house programs that allow owners to work on their new home as part of their initial down payment and helps many to become homeowners.  It’s a great thing in my opinion. It’s so expensive to live here that it’s great that so many can get into a home and still be part of this great county.

    There are a tremendous amount of secrets hidden out in this great town. Out around the parameters and outskirts of town. Out there are a huge amount of wineries that surround the town and give a tourist a place to go wine tasting. Paso Robles, that is only 7 miles away, is home to one of the biggest winery tours in the state.  Some of those many wineries are actually out in San Miguel. They are popular and are elegant. Many offer wedding venues and during the late summer months and early Fall, make for some great looking venues.

    They freeway near the town has recently undergone some major changes too. All new paving has been redone. It got bids from various different companies. Some from all over the state and even a company out in Nevada called great west that does asphalt paving in Reno NV.

    So, as you pass by the Central Coast and visit beautiful San Luis Obispo and some of the coastal towns, don’t forget about our little gem of a town up north.