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... bird's nesting areas. There was only one other car when we arrived at the parking area on the beach--winds whipped up giant waves AND when I got out I immediately was pelted with stinging grains of wind whipped sand. Bonna got out for a 'picture' session' but it was short lived as she (and I) couldn't stand the stinging blowing sand. Back into the Jeep; watched the waves awhile then busted through the sand dunes on our way ...
... if they stepped foot on one of those 45' luxury class A motorhomes!
After four hours of travel we arrive in Santa Maria. We are here for three nights. We have family here. We haven't seen them since we passed through on our way up north. Our granddaughter Sydney is performing in a piano recital tomorrow night. We look forward to attending. We are also meeting my sister and brother in law a couple of times while in town so we can exchange the usual whoppers.
... Santa Maria has surpassed Santa Barbara as the largest city in the county. The city lies in the Santa Maria Valley which contains some of the richest farmland in the country. Grapes on grown on the hillsides and the valley grows a diverse variety of product from flowers, to cool season crops to strawberries. In the area nearby is Vandenburg Air Force Base, the unincorporated township of Orcutt, the city of Guadalupe, and the burg of Nipomo.
We like to give a ...
Chain restaurants: Today: 0, Total: 2
Chain motels: Today: 0, Total: 0
*Just about the time I think I'm on the superslab with a 65 mph speed limit, up pops a controlled intersection. Therefore plenty of judgment required in this category again today.
And tonight I've added another category I should have been tracking from the get-go:
Traffic violations: Today: 0, Total: ...
... and had free parking. We didn’t have time for the aquarium so left there heading through Carmel and back on US1.
The coast road is a bit like Amalfi or Cornwall except much bigger and much longer and with safer drivers! The fog kept coming and going which was strange but there were lovely stops all along the way. We drove maybe 200-250 miles or so today. We drove down 17 mile drive which is a long road ...