Day 188 Morro Bay - Santa Barbara

Trip Start May 07, 2008
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Trip End Nov 22, 2008


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Monday, November 10, 2008

Day 188 Morro Bay - Santa Barbara - California
We left this small seaside spot to head South, we planned a stop for groceries at a Wal Mart in Santa Maria. The route was a simple trek along the 101, and headed off to find a supermarket. Back in California means we are in "Vons" country, this was the first supermarket chain we shopped at in Anaheim, so chose to re-visit that chain. This became a little disappointing; we found the Vons we visited was not the same as the original we had signed up at 6 months ago. No cream cakes! What sort of Vons doesn't have cream puffs?
We stocked up as best we could and then headed to the nearest Wal Mart, to finish the stock up, Not a super Wal Mart (are the three travellers being a little fussy, or have we simply become too used  getting what we want when we are used to buying our stuff!)
Never mind we found some bargains! So more suitcase packing required.
We had a phone call on the road in response to our "For Sale" signs in the windows. Amazing! No follow up from the caller yet but we never know.
We moved on down South along the 101 then took the 154 to take us to Santa Barbara, This took us through some back country and rolling hills, very dry with cattle grazing being the predominant farming.
We came out at Santa Barbara and drove through the main street, (as you do in The Castle) but it appears to be a nice town with good shopping, along nice a nice main street with some dining on the pavement.
We trekked our way carefully through too head to the beach side, to come out at a long pier into the ocean. We found a park alongside the beach and had lunch, then went for a walk along the pier (Every pier has an ice cream shop yummy!) Also out in the bay area we spotted a lot of oil rigs, and enjoyed looking at the birds and spotting one seal swimming around in the water below the pier.
We looked at our options of where to stay or to travel, being around 2pm we decided to stay if we could find a park near here. The challenge being the sun disappears early so we want to be settled in a park around 4-4:30pm.
We set the GPS to take us to a park on the way. About ten minutes down the road we pulled into an RV park alongside the highway, at first drive through we chose to pick another, so reset the magical little guide to take us to another park.
Wow what an experience! Yes we keep surprising ourselves with our journey, NO KIDDING!
The directions suggested the park was only about ten minutes away, so off we head, well the path set, took us into the suburbs and then turned up hill, we navigated our way higher into narrower roads in amongst some large houses that must have paid BIG $'s for the view of the Ocean, at one point to negotiate a right turn we were required in The Castle to take 2 bites to get around the right hand turn. NO place to turn around or even attempt to do our re-knowned  5 point turns. Just onward and upward, to "reach our destination" to find ourselves outside a private house. Enough is enough! There was a road that had dropped off to our right a little way back, so with a guide behind, we reversed into that road, to execute a turn and head back down, obviously the local residents are not used to viewing a 29 ft Castle on their  road, the cars ascending and descending the road used a lot of the road in the tight corners and had to take a little evasive action as they were greeted with our home in their face!
Eventually, after what felt like forever, we returned close to ground level and found our way back to the first RV park we drove through, headed in to find the office closed but took a spot from the "self registration list" and here we are.
The computer hook has worked well and so some long held up emails managed to get away.
We are planning to head into LA tomorrow to have the Castle cleaned at a place that does RV service and also they advertise the buy RV's, so we will follow that up. So again the circle becomes tighter.
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