Finally, part 1 of our California vacation! Better late than never, right?!
SO, this was a family trip, planned to visit my mom’s family and celebrate my cousin’s graduation from college. He graduated from UC Merced, which is a good 11-12 hour drive from us. My aunt reserved a few houses in Yosemite for the family to spend a few days at prior to the graduation, but being an equally long drive (and knowing we wanted to take more than a few days vacation), she also booked us a few nights stay in Solvang, California. It still was a long drive for the kids, but we stopped often and let them stretch out a bit. About 30 minutes from getting there, Brooke HAD to go to the bathroom. We were on the coast, driving through nothing but beaches. Beautiful, but no good when you need a bathroom and there are none. We finally found a tiny little campground that had a bathroom, and took time to go down to the beach for a bit before we headed to our destination.
Solvang is a cute little Dutch town, about 30 minutes drive from Santa Barbara. We were thrilled to have a few days to relax. We spent day one walking the streets of the little town, checking out shops.
We stopped at one of the Danish bakeries first thing for “breakfast”. I had a pecan roll, the kids had some danish donut or something, and Gary shared a huge apple fritter with Connor.
We also visited an ostrich farm nearby and fed some ostriches, and then went to check out a farm with tons of miniature horses.
We stopped at a cute little park nearby and had a picnic lunch, then went back to the resort for a swim in the pool before dinner, and then crashed for the night.
Day 2 we drove down to Santa Barbara to spend the day at the beach. We took a picnic lunch and our buckets and shovels. Living in Arizona, we are good about applying sunscreen. However, in my hurry I didn’t pay attention, and went about my normal routine; applying it to my face, arms and chest, but not my legs… Here at home we’re not out of the pool long enough to burn our legs- it’s just too darn hot! As you can imagine, that was a BIG mistake on my part, as my legs got fried. Yes my friends, lobster red and still peeling with no sign of stopping anytime soon. NO fun. Yes, I learned my lesson.
We walked the pier, checked out some of the shops, then headed back to the resort for dinner and dessert before bed.
Vacation, part 2: Yosemite National Park coming soon…