The last leg of our journey was spent at El Capitan State Beach and a day visit to Solvang. Journaling our trip/vacation has been a lot of fun, and in many ways, exptended the fun in reliving the memories! I hope throughout the journey you found places you’d enjoy visiting.
The next day we headed to El Capitan State Beach for the last jaunt of our vacation, but not before stopping in Cambria one last time to grab some olive oil and vinegar for our brother-in-law who likes cooking with them, and picking up great sandwiches for the road, at a local deli.
The drive took longer than we expected but it was still a nice drive. Once we arrived at El Capitan near Goleta we again had trouble getting water. We filled our tanks at a gas station a few miles south of the beach and then returned to set up camp.
As we sat outside to eat our sandwiches (which were way to messy to eat while traveling), we discovered we were on the edge of the path that led to the bathrooms for every single camp spot within our loop. No privacy but it still wasn’t a problem for us.
The next morning after breakfast we headed to one of our favorite destinations; Solvang. Once again we spent an entire day shopping, doing wine tastings and a nice, relaxing lunch at an Italian restaurant eating pizza. I know, a Dutch community and we’re eating Italian. It was good, what can I say!
Arriving back at camp we discover the campers next to us had left while we were in Solvang and a new group had taken over. Between the three couples, there were around six children ranging in age from around 6 to 12. Unfortunately, they all had one volume; scream! And scream they did from the back of our camp spot. If we’d had a tent erected they would have been at the back corner of our tent. And yet, none of the parents told them to play around the park but stay out of other people’s camp spaces. At one point, they gave chase and was running around our trailer even. Kids will only get away with what their parent’s allow so I fault the parents for not respecting other campers.
We were obviously not happy and with plans to head home the next morning, we felt we were ending our vacation on a sour note. We decided that if we could move, we’d stay one last day to simply relax. Thankfully we were able to move to the opposite end of the camp loop to an exceptional spot.
The last day was spent relaxing, having another picnic, meeting another couple from Chicago and enjoying ourselves, including getting some great photos of sundown over the ocean.
I can’t think of a time we’ve enjoyed ourselves more and this was like a vacation of a life-time! I pray we can have more trips in our trailer once hubby retires, but until then, we’ll be happy with small get-a-ways just enjoying what nature has to offer.