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Mar 27, 2013 - Road Trip Stage 1

A short drive for our first day on the road. We headed NW from La Quinta, following the I10 and then cutting over to the 101. We stayed in Santa Barbara last fall and found a great lunch spot on the beach while cycling. We managed to find it again by car, the Beachside Bar-Cafe at Goleta Beach. A great spot for a seafood lunch by the sea. From there we headed to kitschy Solvang, a Danish village themed town in the Santa Ynez Valley. First stop was the Firestone Brewery for some craft beer and fine pub food, a great spot! This is the area...

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Sep 3, 2012 - Solvang

We drove south toward Santa Barbara today - unfortunately the scenic road doesn't hug the coast because the railroad tracks and Vandenburg Air Force Base are there. It was still a nice ride out with my Bigboy and we did find a lovley beach/picnic area to have our lunch. Our new campground friends told us about Solvang so we went there. It's a town filled with 19th century timber structures and considered the "Danish Capital of America" - windmills, bakeries and horse-drawn streetcars. Very quaint - very crowded - very little English spoken...

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Jul 7, 2012 - Solvang, CA

We had a pretty easy ride north today from Valencia to Solvang. We took CA-126 toward the coast from Valencia which is a road we never traveled before. It turned out to be an easy drive with not too much traffic and the views of the mountains surrounding the road in the valley were just beautiful. There was some general agriculture and lots of citrus and avocado trees growing. CA-126 turns into Hwy 101 north. It was nice to see that some parts had been improved and widened since we were on it many years ago. Driving through the Santa...

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Jun 6, 2012 - OstrichLand USA and Mission Santa Ines

After a trail-boss-made full breakfast and a short business meeting we all set out for OstrichLand USA and the Santa Ines Mission. Founded in the early 1990s by a South African couple, OstrichLand USA today boasts more than 60 birds, as well as a reputation for amazing and delighting its many visitors. For a singular, up-close and personal experience, guests with a sense of adventure can buy a bowl of ostrich food for a dollar, lean against a sturdy wooden barrier and feed the birds. It’s a rambunctious and amusing endeavor, because the...

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May 9, 2012 - Solvang, CA

We did a little side trip today, we drove about 50 miles to the town of Solvang, CA. Solvang offers more than 150 one-of-a-kind shops and is known as the “Danish Capital of America.” We had hoped to take the Solvang Trolley Tour. The Solvang Trolley (also known as the Honen) is a historic wooden streetcar pulled by a pair of magnificent draft horses providing 25-minute guided tours around the village. It was not operating until later in the month. We decided to do our own driving and walking tour. We had a great day and enjoyed this...

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Jul 3, 2011 - Solvang, CA

Hi Everyone, Today's visit was to the Danish town of Solvang. This is a charming town of windmills, speciality shops, Danish restaurants, bakeries, and everything to remind us of Denmark. Today this quaint village is busy with visitors and we were among the crowd. We had lunch at the Solvang Restaurant and toured the town. If you have a chance to visit California, I would recommend a stop in Solvang for a unique experience. Sovang and Buellton are in the middle of wine country. There are vineyards and tasting rooms everywhere. Most charge...

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Jun 13, 2011 - Slovang, CA Day 2

Day 2 in Solvang. The weather was much prettier than LA. After some dumbbell training and a swim in the pool with the boys. After a Subway Fresh lunch we took Brock to a orthodontist to get his braces repaired. Then we took a ride to Lake Cachuma. It was a nice ride but Missy saw a Ford pick up truck flipped over in a field with the guy still in it. We turned around to check on him and he had staggered up the bank and said he ran off the rode. He was bleeding on his hand and arm but was OK. He said he had his daughter and a tow truck on the...

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Jun 12, 2011 - Solvang, CA

We woke up to yet another gloomy day and headed 115 miles north. We stopped at the Flying Flags RV resort in The Santa Inez valley about 30 miles north of Santa Barbara. The park is very large and sits in between vineyards and mountains. The drive was tough because this state has no money to maintain their roads. After setting up our camp we headed into a town called Solvang, CA. The town was influenced by the Dutch and all the buildings look like your in Copenhagen. We rented a four person car like bicycle and toured the town. Then we went...

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Apr 16, 2011 - Solvang and the Nojoqui Water Falls

Tom: Solvang is a Danish city (Danish for "sunny fields")about 40 miles north of Santa Barbara Solvang was founded by a group of Danes who traveled west to establish a Danish colony away from the midwestern winters. It reminded me of a danish - Sisters Oregon. Karen and I spent a good part of the day here doing a little shopping and a lot of walking. Nojoqui Falls

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Mar 19, 2011 - Music & friends

3/19 Day 13 Woke up at Linda’s with Linda and Ashley (A-rob)…we slept in & ate some pastries for bfast, then walked to 9th & Irving (Linda lives a few blocks away) in the rain…we got coffee at a cool coffee/breakfast shop & chatted. My good friend, Janet, picked me up (in her red mini-cooper…those things are so awesome!) and took me to a café in the Sunset District (on the way, she showed me her relative’s house so I could see the backyard where she and Brad got married) We ate a delicious sandwich lunch at this adorable bakery/café that...

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Mar 18, 2011 - Birthday Party

3/18 Day 12 Out of the motel by 9:30…Dropped Mom off at the LAX airport Hannah and I drove to Ventura (following Carson on the fwy)…All 3 of us laid out on the beach…sunny and beautiful but way too windy & cold…plan was for 1 hour…turned into 10 minutes Drove to Solvang (little Norwegian touristy town a little ways off the 101)…we ate lunch there and ate Ebelskeiver (pastry balls)…walked around the town…looked in the antique store…Hannah had to try on $40,000 engagement ring Hannah went with Carson, and I drove by myself (my first drive...

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Jun 17, 2010 - Solvang, CA

We drove about 40 miles northeast of Santa Barbara to Solvang, CA which is a very picturesque Danish town in the CA mountains. This little town reminded me of Helen, GA which is located in the north Georgia mountains. Of course, we had to try the "Danish" pancakes which were fantastic. The town was dotted with several bakeries but luckily we didn't visit any of them until after breakfast when we weren't tempted. One of the things I said when we left on this trip was that we weren't "allowed" to have dessert in the fifth wheel. And so far,...

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