Day Trips and Outings

Several times each year SLO RAM members can participate in special events or tours at local destinations. These outings are typically open to spouses or significant others. Announcements of upcoming outings are posted below and in the Monthly Bulletin. If you would like to add your name to the Day Trip and Outings mailing list, contact Hal Thilmony at or 510-604-2025.

In addition, contact Hal if you have suggestions for future outings or have special connections for arranging a SLO RAM club tour or event.

Planned Outing - September 2022

A private tour of the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art is scheduled for Tuesday, September 6, at 11am. This outing is open to SLORAM members and their significant others. A SLOMA curator will share insights related to both the permanent collection as well as the upcoming exhibit of photorealistic paintings by Alyssa Monks.

For those who are interested, we will also plan a group luncheon, somewhere near the museum, following the tour. Suggestions invited.

SLOMA is located at 1010 Broad Street in San Luis Obispo. To sign up for this tour, email Hal Thilmony at

Recent Outings

 May 2022 – Tour of the  SLO Fire Station #1
March 2022 – Backstage Tour of the Performing Arts Center San Luis Obispo
January 2022 – San Luis Obispo Railroad Museum
August 2021 – SLO Brew and SLO Stills
June 2021 – Pioneer Museum (Paso Robles)
February 2020 – Cal Poly Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (aka Hothouse)

Virtual Day Trips

SLO RAM Day Trips were on-hold during the COVID-19 restrictions. In lieu of in-person trips, videos of local interest were collected during that time for your enjoyment in the safety and comfort of your home. These videos are listed below – just click on the green box to watch them.

Windset Farms operates an 8 million square foot greenhouse complex in Santa Maria using state-of-the art technology and responsible growing practices. It is a pioneer in water conservation, energy conservation and renewable energy. Windset was on our list of possible day trip destinations but unfortunately, they do not accommodate group tours. In lieu of tours, Windset provided two videos.

A detailed discussion of the gang of outlaws in San Luis Obispo County in the mid to late 19th century is presented by Pete Kelly as part of History Center’s Carnegie Lecture series.  The video is over one hour long. There is also a link to a survey to provide feedback to the History Center.

Jim Gregory, author of San Luis Obispo County Desperados, Vigilantes and Bootleggers tells the story of Jack Powers and his gang of outlaws that terrorized San Luis Obispo County in the 1850’s and 60’s in a 10 minute C-Span video.
The video from the Dec 3, 2020 ECOSLO live event called “Curb to Compost” is now available for viewing.  Mike DiMilo, the Education Program Coordinator for SLO County’s Integrated Waste Management Authority, discusses the local anaerobic digester in this informative 41 minute video. 
History of the Dallidet Adobe produced for C-Span American History TV

Tour the Santa Barbara Zoo with John Cleese

Amtrak’s Coast Starlight passes through San Luis Obispo six days a week on it’s ride connecting Los Angeles and Seattle. This 45 minute video provides scenic views and informative commentary for the 1377 mile trip following the northbound route.

Jack San Filippo, Point San Luis Lighthouse program manager, shares the history of shipping activity at Avila Beach and the construction and operation of the Lighthouse in this informative C-Span video clip. On-site tours of the Lighthouse are currently suspended until further notice.