Ocean Mesa Campground at El Capitan
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Drove down to Santa Barbara for the night. Stayed at Ocean Mesa Campground, it was written up in Sunset Magazine as a must stay, NOT!
This place was packed with kids. At every corner there we signs, no biking, skate boarding etc.
That is all there was, kids on bikes, scooters, skate boards etc. So we thought we would go to the spa …
... We crawled for about 40 minutes - the total trip taking two hours longer than the GPS had said.
We stopped the night at Santa Barbara in a lovely boutique hotel. We found a restaurant for dinner on Yelp! only a few blocks away. A genuine Mexican restaurant Lily's Tacos that served soft shell tacos. I think we were the only non-Mexicans dining. The food was divine and the bill came to US$26 for the five of us. It was voted best restaurant on tour.
... has happened as it's all Funded with Getty Oil money. After a drink we take in the views from the gardens which are stunning as the site is very high up, but it does seem a bit hazy from up in the hills. We have to take a floating tram back down the hill to the car park, then we are on our way north again. The Drive up the highway to Santa Barbara is busy in places but that is fine and we do the ninety miles in one hop. The hotel is right on the sea front and despite being a ...
... there is a 45 min movie included in the ticket price about WR Hearst and the castle. We just missed it by a few minutes, so had a while to kill before the next showing. Grabbed some lunch at the cafeteria (they actually raise cattle and sell the beef - in jerky and hot dog form! But I had a turkey club sandwich - Darrin had a hot dog...pricey!) There was also an interesting little museum there about the Hearst family, the newspaper and movie business, ...
... touristy, but was a nice change to the affluent coastal communities we had been stopping at.
We then made our way to Santa Barbara, checked in to the motel and went walking along the beach, pier and main street. It started to feel like we were really in California, with palm tree lined streets and beautiful blue skies. We walked around until everything was shutting up and then went back to our motel! We were buggered as were going non stop from about 7:30am - 10:00pm!