Review: Sun N Buns Bakery

YUM!

Beachy Keen visited Sun N Buns Bakery in Morro Bay, California, and the well-known coffee shop did not disappoint. Besides coffee, they offer pastries, espresso, ice cream, and even dog treats! This family-owned business has been here for years and is a favorite among locals and travelers alike.

IMG_7865Sun N Buns Bakery. Image by Avrah Baum.

Their mochas are excellent, and their ice cream is a real treat. Their prices are fair and the indoor seating offers a sunny atmosphere to chat with friends and enjoy some of their pastries and sweets.

If it doesn’t sound good enough, they sell T-shirts and tank tops that read, “Everybody wants my buns”.

If you were wondering, yes, Beachy Keen definitely bought one.

An interactive map!

To give all of Beachy Keen’s adventures some perspective, take a look at this interactive map of the Central Coast! You can glance at some of the locations where many blog posts have been done. Using ThingLink was tricky at first, but it provides beautiful interactive graphics for a multitude of purposes within educational, personal, and professional uses. Enjoy!

Click the image below to view more pictures from Beachy Keen’s adventures.

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The background image is from Wikipedia.org, used with permission by the Creative Commons license. All tagged images are taken by Avrah Baum.

Feedback!

Since starting this blog 6 weeks ago, I have posted articles, slide-shows and reviews of beaches, aquariums, and marine life to discover along the Central Coast. I want to thank everyone who has even taken a glance at my blog and given me feedback; it’s not possible to move forward and constantly improve without constructive criticism.

My Stats:

I’ve had 282 views on my blog, and 109 individual visitors. I haven’t been using social media to advertise very much, however I have added a link with my twitter, created its own Instagram, and I finally shared it on my Facebook page. In class, we conducted a peer assessment of our blogs to receive more focused feedback. Here’s what I got:

1. Use sub-headlines. Lupita Rodriquez, author of A Golden View suggested this. Absolutely! I didn’t think to do this, but it’s totally useful in helping readers get a sense of what my articles are about before they choose to dive in. Making my opening statements catchy is also important.

2. Increase font size. Lupita also recommended this. In general, I’ve thought about changing the theme of my blog, which would also re-arrange how my media would be presented. I can’t change certain things like font size with my current theme, so I’m looking into another theme I could use that would maximize the readability of my blog.

Thank you to those of you so far who have read Beachy Keen! I’ve enjoyed this experience so much that after this class is over, I’m planning on continuing it and making it more my own. Any comments & suggestions are more than welcome, so let me know your thoughts!

Keeping it Beachy Keen,

Avrah

The Monarchs of Pismo Beach

Time to switch it up.

When you think of going to the beach, butterflies usually don’t come to mind. But at Pismo Beach, California, that’s exactly what you’ll find.

Between the months of November and February, thousands of monarch butterflies migrate south from as far north as Canada, all the way down to Mexico. The Central Coast is such a prime location to be in if you’re trying to find them. In Pismo, they can be spotted collecting in a cluster of misty trees in a dirt patch off the side of Price St., called the Pismo Beach Monarch Grove.

Beachy Keen drove down to the quaint grove this week to see the delicate beauties in action.

Irene Ouyang, a student at California Polytechnic State University, loved seeing the butterflies when she went. “I think it’s really amazing how all those butterflies, thousands of them, travelled so far and now they’re all here in Pismo. It’s quite beautiful and breathtaking seeing butterflies, who usually flutter away at the slightest movement, being so comfortable and at peace in the monarch grove.”

Parking is free, but a bit tricky. Pulling off to the side of the road is necessary, and cars can line up on either side of the street. A huge sign with a painting of a monarch butterfly decorates the entrance; it’s hard to miss!

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A cute fence with benches for children nearby. Image by Avrah Baum.

Entrance is free, and the little grove has lots to offer. There’s a mobile gift shop, with everything from jewelry to educational books on monarchs and their mating, migration, and eating habits. There’s also a few rows of kiddie benches for field trips and families.

Karen Mitchell, a retired schoolteacher and volunteer at the grove told Beachy Keen why she enjoys spending time there. “I heard about the opportunity to volunteer,” Mitchell said, “and I knew it was seasonal. So I started getting to know the other volunteers. Everyone is warm and welcoming, and it’s a great atmosphere. It’s just people who want a peaceful afternoon watching butterflies.”

The air feels clean and crisp; ripe with the smell of eucalyptus. Birds chirp, and your surroundings are still, besides the few dozen monarchs gliding from tree to tree every few moments.

The small grove has telescopes set up to look up into the trees to see the butterflies, and a couple of experts are available to speak to.

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A view of a butterfly cluster through a telescope. Image by Avrah Baum.

David Coon is a docent for the San Luis Obispo Parks, and has years of knowledge and wisdom about the butterflies’ migration. “They seem to like this small cluster of trees right here,” Coon says as he points to tall eucalyptus trees with clusters of butterflies clinging to their branches. “It creates a micro-climate for them with the right temperature and humidity that they need to stay alive and fly properly.”

Monarch butterflies come down from the trees to fly when it’s fairly warm; 55 degrees Fahrenheit or warmer. Check the weather for the day before deciding to head down because you won’t get the chance to see the butterflies up close if it’s chilly and foggy.

The Pismo Beach Butterfly Grove is a wonderful and unique place to take your children, a friend, or someone on a date. But hurry, because in a couple of weeks, the butterflies will be on their way back north!

review: THE SHELL SHOP, INC.

Beachy Keen was in Morro Bay (again) this past weekend and paid a visit to The Shell Shop, Inc.

Since 1955, The Thomas family has owned and operated this world renowned store, and according to their site, has the largest collection of shells and collectible marine life on the Central Coast.

Upon entering, you’re immediately surrounded by the warm sunlight beaming in from the windows and an inviting vibe. Beautiful corals and jewelry boxes line the shelves, and shell chandeliers hang from the ceiling. The long tables are covered in baskets that are filled with a huge assortment of discoveries for sale. You’d be hard-pressed to find another place that has dried out sea horses, pufferfish and shark jaws!

A sun-filled corner with shell crafts

A sun-filled corner with shell crafts. Image by Avrah Baum

I purchased a night light with a beautiful whale carving on a purple shell.

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Shell Night Light. Image by Avrah Baum

A favorite item there are the painted shell roses! At only $2.50 each, you can pick up a couple (or a dozen…) for your Valentine.

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Shell roses. Image by Avrah Baum.

You haven’t seen anything yet. Check out The Shell Shop on any day of the year, (minus Thanksgiving and Christmas) and be prepared to be completely wow’d by what you find.

A DAY IN MORRO BAY

At Beachy Keen, getting the opportunity to enjoy clear skies, warm weather and a cool breeze is a day well-spent. We visited the Morro Bay Aquarium in Morro Bay, California, this past week and documented our discoveries and adventures. All pictures taken and edited by Avrah Baum. Enjoy!

Beachy keen on twitter

Beachy Keen is on Twitter! A feed of latest tweets can be seen on the right side of this blog, but here’s a link to see all Beachy Keen’s tweets.

Tweeting is an easy way to post quick, short, and up-to-date details on our whereabouts and happenings; you won’t want to miss out!

All photos you see on our twitter are personally taken by Avrah Baum.

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