Our Vacation- part 1: Solvang, CA

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…


  1. wow what a drive for a family catch up, well done

  2. It looks like you're having so much fun! I reallllly want to hit up the beach!

  3. Wow, it looks like you guys had an amazing time!! It's been sooo long since I've been to out that way! Hope you're recovered from getting fried!

  4. What a fun start to your vacation! That town reminds me of a town, Holland, here in MI. I love the picture of you and Conner too! So sweet! 🙂

  5. Looks like so much fun! When you told me about Solvang, it sounded right up our alley. I love old world, cutesy towns. Where did you guys stay? We are looking to do a California trip late this summer.

  6. Looks like you made some great memories!

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