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Tuesday, December 14, 2010


We spent Sunday resting and relaxing.  I watched my Raiders lose a heartbreaker and probably their playoff chances to Jacksonville.  That was tough to see.

Monday, we drove to Lompoc to visit some sites.  First we went to a Victorian mansion that was supposed to be open from 9 to 11 but we were there at 10 with no one in sight.  So then we walked around town a bit and then drove to the Amtrak station at Surf.  This is about 12 miles west of Lompoc at the beach.  There is a modern train station there that has a nice commuter-type station.  And that is all that is there, literally.  There is nothing else for 10 miles in any direction.  At least nothing else accessible to the public.  This whole area is on Vandenberg AFB, home of the Pacific Missile Range.  The Amtrak station is totally surrounded by restricted areas!

From there we went to the mission.  This is one of the few missions not founded by Father Junipero Serra.  It was originally at another site in town, but was destroyed by earthquake in the early 1800’s and rebuilt on the La Purisima site about 7 miles east of Lompoc.  The buildings were restored in the 1930’s by the Civilian Conservation Corps.  We took the walking tour which is about 1.5 miles in total and is self guided.

From there we went east to Buellton and were planning on eating at one of my favorite places, the Bakers Square restaurant in town.  But when we arrived, we found that it was out of business.  So we went across the highway to Pea Soup Anderson’s.

Then we drove into Solvang and did another short walk in town.  If   you have never been there, it is worth going to.  I’m sure Carol’s blog will have details and pictures from Lompoc, the mission, and Solvang.  Click here for Carol's blog.

Today, I went and played golf at a local 9 hole course.  Shot 3 over par which for me is really good!  As you can see, the weather was ideal – shirt sleeve temps and blue sky – A far cry from the rain and 38 degree temps back home in Vancouver, WA.

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When I got back to the RV, I was checking the weather and it looks like a snowstorm will hit the mountain passes that we will pass through on our way home.  So we may change our route a bit by going to the coast which may also change when we depart for home.  Stay tuned for updates!

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