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Sep 10, 2016 - Back Roads to Los Padres National Forest

We left Morgan Hill for a campground near Santa Barbara, one of the most beautiful areas of coastal California. The reviews for our next Thousand Trails campground are good, except for the road into the park. A couple of horror stories made us a little nervous about the mile long one and a half lane curving road into the park. One review talked about arriving in their motorhome with their car in tow which means no backing up, and being met by a pickup pulling a horse trailer that also could not back up. It took them about an hour to...

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Jul 10, 2016 - What a trip to Santa Barbara!!!!!

We made it to Santa Barbara or rather Goleta which is about 20 miles north. We weren't able to find an RV park in SB and didn't want to make it too long of a day trip. We had a great time in Chula Vista and would like to go back. It was rather stressful coming up from Chula Vista since the primary scenery was vehicles on the freeway and buildings. There are too many people for us. A couple of cocktails eased the stress once we got here. The beach is about 20 minutes walking distance. We took a trip back to S B and went to Stearns Wharf...

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Jul 22, 2015 - Planned memories.....

Changes come with time and rightly so..Some we may not care for and others we greet with enthusiasm. Looking back to my original post I am reminded how precious one night with my mother was for me and how that has been a driver in my life. I have been so fortunate to not only follow her lead but be able to have so much more time with my children and in this case to be able to adventure out past our everyday surroundings. Such is the advantages of living now and being able to take advantage of where we are in life. But none of this would...

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Jul 19, 2015 - Last stop...Bergen

Bergen was a fun waterfront town with rows of old colorful buildings and lots of tourists. It is considered to be the gateway to all the wonderful Norwegian fjords and is the second largest city in Norway. When is the rainiest season of the year? The answer is January through December! It's estimated that Bergen is blessed with THIRTY rainless days a year. That having been said we enjoyed almost two whole days of no rain although it was wet when we left on day three. Bergen boasted a huge fish market every day at the end of the harbor with...

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Jul 15, 2015 - Resuming Norway in a Nutshell Journey

We slept well in sleepy Balestrand.....no noisy bars or honking horns there! We left in the morning via the same lovely boat we arrived in and had a peaceful ride back to Flam. There we rejoined the Nutshell tour and boarded a much more basic boat to cruise down the narrow Naevoyfjord for a couple of hours until we reached Gudvangen where we caught the bus to Voss about an hour away. This bus ride made the Falm Railway look like the SB Zoo train! About twenty minutes into the trip we took a detour to the right winding up a steep mountain....

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Jul 4, 2015 - Oslo and beyond!

We flew from Stockholm to Oslo a flight of 45 minutes and hopped on the metro which begins in the airport. Thirty minutes later we got off in the city only to be greeted by a beautiful sunny day and an even more spectacular, ultra modern water fountain. We walked with our luggage about 20 minutes to our hotel. The walk was lovely along the main boulevard lined with large metal pots of colorful flowers. No cars are allowed on the main street so it has a festive feel with people relaxing in cafes and enjoying the weather, coffee, beer and...

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Jun 30, 2015 - Stockholm!

We flew into Stockholm around eleven this morning and walked immediately onto the Express Train which speeds into the city centrer in less that 20 minutes at 120 mph.. Such a beautiful train used by business people, locals and tourists. They really know how to make riding a train a lesson in comfort, sustainability and sheer pleasure. We are staying at the First Hotel Reisen in Gamla Stan, the old town section of Stockholm which sits on the water. We have a captivating view of the canal and parts of the city. The hotel is in a perfect...

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Jun 29, 2015 - Cpppenhagen

Greetings from the Ibsens Hotel where we r quite at home and well located to walk the city which we did yesterday on r first full day. Copenhagen is a wonderful blend of other European cities with its own flair for a relaxed atmosphere and friendly people. The city seems to have a devotion to an organic way of life with an emphasis on a green and a healthy lifestyle. The Danes are chilled, sophisticated and tall! We spent a couple of hours roaming the indoor and outdoor market place which has an incredible choice of beautifully crafted...

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Jun 14, 2015 - Big Sur California 1

allo, Aujourd'hui route sur la California 1 de Monterey a Santa Barbara. Arrêts a plusieurs points d'observation pour admirer la mer du pacifique. Belle route sinueuse! Randonnée de 3 miles en montagne au Julia Pfeiffer State Park. Arrêt à la plage de Piedras Blancas pour admirer les lions de mer qui se reposent sur la beach !!! Ce soir, nous dormons a Santa Barbara, comme dans le feuilleton des années 1990, à la recherche de Cruz et Éden !!! Bonne nuit !

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Jun 8, 2015 - Planned Memories

I remember the one and only time that my mother and I went on an overnight together. I was a teenager; I can't recall the circumstances but the memory of having her all to myself is one that I carry to this day. When Emily and Eric were in elementary school this memory became the impetus for planning annual overnight trips. I took each child individually to a location of their choice and we spent the night in a hotel. went out to eat and basically did whatever we wanted... no pressure, no expectations, no schedules, nothing to interfere...

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Apr 22, 2015 - El Capitan State Beach

A mostly quiet dry camping campgrounds with flush toilets and pay showers. The beach is narrow but clean. Numerous paved trails. El Capitan State Beach Wikipedia

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Apr 22, 2015 - Refugio State Beach

This is a canoeing, kayaking, Paddle boarding beach and campground. Nice scenery not much for beach combing. Refugio State Beach Wikipedia

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