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Dec 20, 2019 - Santa Barbara CA

On Friday we decided to go into Santa Barbara, the seaside city of about 90,000, to spend the day doing some wandering, a scenic drive and of course, lunch. Our first stop was at the City’s Visitor Center to get a map and some advice, then we set off on the scenic drive. And scenic it is. Santa Barbara is a beautiful city...well kept, amazing Spanish architecture and big money houses; really big money. The drive took us along the coast for a while then north across U.S. 101 and up into the hills and eventually through Montecito where a lot...

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Dec 19, 2019 - Santa Barbara CA

We had an early morning on Thursday, our boat ride day. We were on the road right at 8:00 and pulled into the parking lot 57 miles away for the Island Packers Cruises in Oxnard about 30 minutes before our 9:30 departure...just in time for a bathroom visit and some extra provisions. The weather could not have been better; bright sun all day, temps never got above 65° and calm seas except for some big rollers that made the trip out of port pretty sporty. The trip to Anacapa Island took a little over an hour and despite the seas the captain...

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Dec 18, 2019 - Santa Barbara CA

We turned onto Highway 101 just after 10:00 Tuesday morning and pointed the house south to our next stop north of the town of Goleta outside Santa Barbara. The drive was a painless one from the farm country of the Salinas Valley with a short run along the Pacific at Pismo Beach then back inland until we made it back to the coast again and onto The Pacific Coast Highway. We pulled into Ocean Mesa RV Park across the PCH from El Capitan State Beach and got all set up before taking off on a Christmas gift shipping and restocking...

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Sep 16, 2019 - Santa Barbara & Hearst Castle

Sandy and I were impressed with some aspects of the Reagan Presidential Library, notably the presence of the Boeing 707 Air Force 1. Neither of us had ever been to a Presidential library before, but since a lot of the exhibits were merely to glorify President Reagan, we weren't all that impressed with visit. The library did do a good job presenting the material included, but it just seemed a bit "over the top." Not sure if this library is representative of others or not, but we won't be hitting others for some time. We visited Santa Barbara...

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May 15, 2019 - Cold Spring Tavern

Wikipedia Cold Spring Tavern

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May 15, 2019 - Chumash Painted Cave State Historic Park

We drove 2.5 miles on a 1.5 lane snaky switch back road in dense Fog to the site to find NO suitable parking for our truck. The Parking is alongside the road. Wikipedia Chumash Painted Cave State Historic Park

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May 14, 2019 - El Capitan, Refugio, and Gaviota Beaches

3 Beach Outing El Capitán State Beach Refugio State Beach Gaviota State Park

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Feb 13, 2019 - Rain going to Santa Barbara

11-13 Left at 2:30 pm in the rain...lots of rain. Going to Bonnie's grade school friend's (Linda) home. Two hours for a one hour drive...not bad. Curt made Eggplant Parmesan for dinner and I attempted to video and make a movie...my new undertaking, making movies, ha! Making Eggplant Parmesan Not as successful as I would have liked...for some reason it wouldn't accept parts so that's why the !!! Back to the drawing table! But the eggplant parmesan was delicious! --- 11-14 Bon and Linda went out for a 5.5 mile walk during the most windy and...

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Jan 16, 2019 - Rancho Oso - Day 3

Day 8. Wednesday 16th Jan Bit clearer today & we did have a little knock around on the pickleball courts on our way up another one of the nearby trails to look for a couple of geocaches. Neither of these had been found since 2017 but they were both still there. The gps coordinates were well out but with the help of the hints for each cache we managed to find & log them. Another session of Wi-fi in the lodge with a couple of woodpeckers knocking away on the roof. There’s quite a few about. It’s just surprising how few people we see around...

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Southwest USA - 2019

Jan 15, 2019 - Rancho Oso - Day 2

Day 7 . Tuesday 15th Jan Another rainy day so we got to explore more of the facilities around the camp. There is lots to do but nobody seems to be doing much especially with the weather the way it is at the moment. There are two lodges or club houses with TVs, lounges & games rooms. Wi-fi is available at one of the lodges but despite there being 70 or 80 RVs & caravans on site we didn’t see many people at all, just a couple or so using the Wi-fi in the lodge. There was no service in this valley for our new phone so we couldn’t use that...

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Southwest USA - 2019

Jan 14, 2019 - Rancho Oso

Day 6. Monday 14th Jan. A dull & windy start to the day so we took the opportunity to familiarise ourselves with the RV. It really is big & chunky being some 10ft wide overall with big door mirrors sticking well out. It’s just a big box on wheels with a fixed bed at the back beside a shower room & toilet with the wash sink outside. The kitchen is in the middle with a sink & a three burner hob, no normal oven but a microwave oven above. Poor old Viv is missing her stool now, she can’t hardly reach the microwave. Without a gas oven we can’t...

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Southwest USA - 2019

Nov 26, 2018 - Santa Barbara

As much as we loved the time we spent at the Hearst Casle, we were ready to move on from San Simeon as it had very little to offer. Our drive to Santa Barbara was a beautiful one along hwys 1 and 101 and also 154 through the mountains. We just couldn’t get enough of it. Getting to the Castillo Inn was very easy and it is a very nice Inn. We’d highly recommend you stay here if you are passing through. We arrived in Santa Barbara around noon so we had very little time to explore. We took a nice walk down State St and visited the Court...

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