Larry & Cheryl’s 2014 Travels travel blog

Getting out of town

Ahhhhh - Ventura coastline at last.

Channel Islands

Santa Barbara Mountains

Buelton, stopping for lunch

Pea Soup Anderson's famous pea soup

Classy hotrods in town

There goes another one

Santa Barbara Mountains

Highway 101

If the mountain is in the way - dig a tunnel

Lovely hills covered in wildflowers

Grapevines in Los Alamos area

Lots of wine tasting here

Sign of the El Camino Real, the King's Highway


Welcome to Santa Maria, look an Elks Lodge

Wonder what this covered crop is?

Interesting ridge ahead

Oceano Elks Lodge

Our site in the hard packed sand RV park

The Elks bought this former restaurant building, cute.

Friendly bar group

It was a little slow getting out of town, away from morning traffic and busy LA county freeways. When we finally crossed the Santa Monica Mountains and arrived along the Ventura and Santa Barbara coastline, Larry could finally relax behind the wheel.

We stopped for lunch in Buellton at Anderson’s Restaurant, home of their famous split pea soup. I remember my mother’s pea soup was good from my childhood, so I had some of theirs for lunch. I was NOT impressed, won’t order it again.

On our way back to our parked rig we saw a couple of classy hot rods driving by.

We are traveling along Highway 101, "El Camino Real" (the King’s Highway indicated by the bells) with vineyards as far as the eye can see.

When we reached Oceano Elks Lodge, the camp host greeted us and assigned us to the end spot. The ground is hard packed sand because this whole area is sand dunes. The Elks Lodge is a former restaurant with a lighthouse theme and the bar was filled with friendly folks.

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