SLO, or San Luis Obispo, is a city that is about four hours away from Los Angeles. I had never been there, and the main times I hear about it was during the end of high school, when schoolmates would declare they wanted to attend CalPoly, which is located in SLO. But on a recent trip up to Yosemite, we stopped by this city and high priority on the list of things to do was visit Bubblegum Alley.
The alley was located along SLO’s main shopping street, so it was easy to find. Immediately as we turned the corner into this alley, the waft of bubblegum hit us straight on. It was a delicious scent that engulfed us in every way possible. At that same time, there was a guy animatedly talking on his cell phone as he walked through the alley from the car parking lot at one end to the main street at the other. You know he’s a local, because none of this fazed him.
The best way to describe being in the alley was complete awe as I saw the bigger picture, with all the colors of the rainbow splattered against the wall while the scent lingered on. And yet, when I actually focused on a part of the wall, the realization that all of these colors were once gum that had been in someone’s mouth, brought out the ick factor right to my stomach.
As quickly as we could, we all unwrapped our Bubblicious packet of gum and chewed and chewed and chewed, failing horribly in trying to make a perfect bubblegum pop. Seriously, we must have been there for fifteen minutes just blowing bubbles. I have so many pictures to prove our failures, haha.
According to MentalFloss, this alley started back in the 1950’s by high school students and haven’t been cleaned since the 1970’s. And now, people come to SLO just to check out this wonder.
In the end, I, too, had to put my mark on the wall with this beautiful piece of chewed-up gum. If you happen to visit and see this gum, give me a shout out! ^_^