We went camping this weekend! We went to Lake Cachuma up by Santa Barbara area. It's quite large and is surrounded by a beautiful lake - but no swimming allowed! D and hubs went out on a lovely boat ride though and they got to see deer! My friend and I missed the boat ride because the general store was having a book sale - great books for just $1.00. Errr...I might've gone a wee bit crazy at the book sale but I got quite a few great classics for when D grows up. Plus, I really love books and having a vast library would be my dream for my future home - built in book shelves in the living room, the sitting room and possibly the kids room!
On Sunday, we went into the city of Solvang. Such a cute "Dutch" town. I was really excited to go because it sounded so quaint and charming, plus they have little Elves' homes hanging over some of the doors to the stores. I was excited to see that! But, shortly the excitement wore away as I started to realize that this town is sort of a tourist trap. Really nothing to be found here that is so unique given that it is a "Dutch" town so it would seem that actually going to Holland would be a better and richer experience. They had a Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory (that can be found in CO)..they had a toy store that had regular run of the mill toys like Legos...Madame Alexander dolls...just housed in a cute little toy store manner. We had lunch at the Red Viking - I ordered the Smorgasbord (naturally since I love buffets). Again, a bit disappointed since the food was really not very good. Then again, I'm told that the food in Holland is not very good either. Guess I'll have to just go again and see for myself. Oh yeah, I've been to Holland as a child but was dragged around to do touristy stuff with my parents and had no inkling about being interested in any type of cuisine that was not burgers and fries. Yea, can you believe it? I grew up on McDonald's. Gross.
Highlight of the trip? The Quicksilver Miniature Horses Ranch located in Santa Ynez. I mean...serious pocket ponies!! I really wanted to leave with one. I can't take it. If you get a chance, definitely check out this ranch!
Second great place is the Sunny Fields Playground in Solvang. I wish we had one of these in the South Bay...
Man, I know there is so much great stuff out there beyond the South Bay...we just have to get there.