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Travel Blogs from Goleta
... see with the naked eye, which was fortunate as I was not going anywhere. This little stop was made complete for me by a train of old Austin Healeys which drove in. All in very good nick, there were about 20 or so of them, and they were gorgeous. Back on Highway 1 and heading South, the drive down this coast is a nice one, rolling hills, glimpses of the Ocean, and then every now and then the road changes its mind and ...
... work the common wisdom is to move to the other side of the island.
The place we picked to anchor is called Smuggler's Cove (har har.) We shared it with quite a few other boats as it was the weekend. Later that evening the NW wind that the island should have blocked came up and over the top blowing a good 15-20 knots. We stayed here several days "enjoying" the rolling of the boat, the breaking surf and the arid landscape.
After a few ...
... small town with many great restaurants. There are over 200 wineries in the area, which was news to us. I had thought that Californian wines came from Napa and had no idea this place even existed. Naturally we had to do a couple of wine tastings - all very good. Then it was on to a craft brewery to sample their beers which were excellent and the taproom there was really cool.
Monday morning and it was time to get back on the road. We ...
... One through all of the California beach towns. San Clemente, San Juan Capistrano, Dana Point, Laguna Beach, Long Beach, El Segundo, Manhattan Beach, Carpinteria and finally Santa Barbara. What, no Los Angeles? No, not this trip. Barb and I are avoiding most of the major metropolitan cities over the next few months, call it a “lifestyle“ choice.
After a quick cruise through Santa Barbara, with a stop ...
... I was driving a vehicle somewhat bigger than my Eurovan, I (and the kids) were terrified that one of the deer my just decide to bolt out in front of us. It didn't happen....And for that we are thankful.
It was a sunny day with light santa ana winds which made the sunset drive from Gaviota State Beach to Ventura just beautiful. Every camp ground we passed made me sad though that we weren't in the van, camping our way along. Maybe next time.
Other places to stay in Goleta
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