Santa Barbara

Lake Cachuma from Hwy 154 Vista Point
We pulled out of TT Palm Springs on Monday morning shortly after 7 am.  Our first stop was at Sam’s Club for fuel.  At $4.109/gallon, Sam’s had the cheapest diesel by far.  Flying J was $4.239/gallon.  Looks like the price will just keep going up too given what is happening in Libya these days.  We hooked up the car at Sam’s.  That was the first time we have towed the Vue since we arrived back in the Palm Springs area from Hemet in late  December.  After that it was I-10 to Colton where stopped in at Mike Thompson’s RV to have our air conditioner looked into.  Thompson’s is a Tiffin dealer and promised me they could solve our A/C woes.  Chuck, the service tech, was true to his word.  He fixed the A/C and solved our black tank flush problem too and all under warranty.  We were on our way again before 1 pm.  We stayed on I-10 until Pomona where we cut up to I-210 which led us right into US 101 and on to Santa Barbara.
Santa Barbara Coastline
Rancho Oso Horse
Weather was iffy at best.  Much cooler than it has been these past few weeks and plenty of rain on the way across the mountains.  We pulled into TT Rancho Oso around 4:30 pm.  The drive into the preserve from Paradise Rd was tricky with some very tight turns and low hanging branches.  They have had 8 inches of rain in the past three days so Phaeton Place was pretty filthy by the time we arrived.  Even saw a couple of land slides along Paradise Rd.
Today we did a driving tour to Solvang, a Danish community about an hour away from Rancho Oso.  We strolled around the shops for hours and enjoyed a nice lunch at the Belgian Cafe.  Great crepes benedict!
After Solvang we continued on to US 101 and back south along the coast to Santa Barbara.  We parked along the water front and walked out the pier.  There was a farmer’s market setting up on State St with all sorts of produce for sale but they weren’t allowed to sell anything until 4 pm.  We wanted to get back so had to pass on lots of great fruit and veggies.
None of today’s photos have been uploaded to my Smugmug account so I am unsure if  they can be enlarged by clicking on them or not. All photos are HDR format compiled with Photomatix Pro with the exception of the horse photo. The panorama shot at the top of this entry is a compilation of 6 photographs with an exposure range of +2 to -2 EV. 


  1. CeiPui March 23, 2011 at 5:49 pm #

    Gorgeous photos!

  2. Dennis and Donna March 23, 2011 at 12:57 pm #

    Solvang looks delightful!! Yes, I heard they have had some mud slides in Cali….Be safe and have fun!! Crepes??? Yummy!