Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Coffee and Danish anyone??

Solvang, California
Monday, March 20th

We left our lovely hilltop site early because we had a small concern regarding our booking for our next campground.

I had, or thought I had, reserved Flying Flags in Buellton for the night on Monday night. The plan was to go to Solvang for a walkabout, some coffee and Danish Pastries then in the afternoon drive over to Flying Flags for the night. Despite several call by RPI (a camping membership company) and us we had heard nothing, so we went straight to the campground and booked in for 50% off using a membership connected to RPI. That was fine with us, so we parked, connected the electric cord and drove the 5 miles to Solvang.

This is a cute little tourist town founded by some Danes in the early 19th century. Danish styled buildings, bakeries and coffee shops cashing in on everything Danish. They even have a replica of the Little Mermaid. We had a cup of fantastic coffee and some Danish pastries from Mortensen's Bakery. Very delicious. A couple of pastries to take home and we then went back to the RV Park.

Here are some photos of our pastries and other things we saw in Solvang

Visitor Center


Hans Christian Andersen

Mermaid

Bakery

Dansih Waffle with cream cheese and raspberry jam

Apple Danish

Windmill

Carousel horse



Do you think Timmy would like to be carried in one of these?

Clogged street?



Round Tower (replica)

Pretty building

Another windmill




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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

El Capitan State Park

March 19th, 2017

We chose to stay in the group section because the views were amazing!

Lots of debris on the beach

I wonder if they will clear this. Probably not.

Michael looking for a flat piece of wood to put the RV jack on.

Timmy at the beach!

Where we are. Thanks to Google earth

Day 1. Beautiful views of the coast line. Looking west

Day 1.Looking east

Pretty creeper

Great bike path along the top of the cliffs

Day 2 Early morning walk

Day 2. On the Beach

Day 2


Much better with the sun shining

Found a piece of plank
Can you see the two platforms behind Michael in the previous picture? Here is the story about Oil and Gas off the coast of Santa Barbara.

Info plaque

Our only neighbors



What a difference a day makes


Tim's second walk.
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Monday, March 20, 2017

Wow...Just WOW!

We spent a week at Wilderness Lakes in Menifee planning our trip north. We enjoyed the park and compared it with Thousand Trails Orlando. It is very similar in many respects. We had a good pull through site in a very quiet part of the park. Timmy enjoyed the one mile walk around the park in the mornings, stopping to say hello to all his doggie friends and a few human friends that he met every day.

Site 121 at Wilderness Lakes

There were about 5 of these ponds/canals around the park. 

Nice family pool

Two hot tubs

Beautiful sunset

Now to get to the WOW part!

On our second to last day there we decided to take a drive up to check out Jojoba Hills Escapee Co-op park. We had heard so much about it from people who have stayed there. You can buy a lot there for a price of around $30,000 and then there is a monthly maintenance fee. Not sure how much that is. There are communal buildings, activities, and a fabulous community. If we were American, I would seriously consider putting our names down for a lot. Non owners can rent a site for up to 28 days a year. You are also able to boondock there for $7.50 a night for 7 nights max.

We were blown away by the beauty of the place. It is so well maintained and the sites are absolutely fantastic. Built on terraces up the side of a hill. Almost all sites have mountain views. The flowers and landscaping, which is all done by volunteers and site owners is very impressive.

The road up the hill

Lovely spot for quiet meditation

The sites are all large

The pool and hot tubs all overlook Mount Palomar

Incredibly well stocked library

A place to spend hours reading

The pool was covered to keep it warm. It is maintained year round at a temperature in the 80s

Rec hall

Colorful flower beds

Beautiful views

Wild flowers on the hillside

A riot of color

I wonder if this is new since all the rain

Ponds

Another pond



There are about 5 ponds in the park




To see some videos on the park just search for "Jojoba Escapee park"on Youtube.com. There are several videos

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