After a wonderful time at the Stanley residence we shared a cup of coffee with them this morning, and after shared hugs and I love you's we hit the road for day two of our adventure. At the start of day two we have put a mere 105 miles on the car, and we headed North toward highway 101 along the Pacific Ocean.
First stop, Thousand Oaks, CA ~ The Cheesecake Factory for breakfast.....best egg white, spinach and cheese omelet ever. After our meal we spied a Borders Book store and with only a tiny bit of feeling like I was cheating on Barnes and Noble we went in. Made a purchase of a lap tray and a pen so I could write easier as I found something "blog worthy" during our travels. Oh, and since Bob will likely read this.. I admit freely.....I was unable, well, chose not to resist yet another book bag, this one covered with little owls :-) Hey, it was only $6.00 if you bought (2) items, I felt I was obligated! For those of you who are unaware, my book bag addiction could possibly catch up with my shoes by 2012 or so. For the record I have two in use on this very trip ...well, so now three... it's not like they just take up space in a closet.
As we passed through beautiful Montecito CA. the temp reads 65....but its early. We decided to take a small detour just off the highway and stop in Santa Barbara at our favorite Bread, Wine and Cheese place....BAD, very bad idea. We weren't thinking about the holiday and the main street was shut down we assume for a parade of sorts and traffic was ugly! We got back on Highway One as quickly as we got off.
Approaching Santa Rosa nothing but what appear to be vineyards everywhere and we spy a Blueberry Stand/field....the sign reads, "Pick and box your own ". For many reasons, just one being that the car is full(er) with yet another book bag, I didn't suggest we stop and pick. We pull off for fuel in Buellton, Home of the Split Pea Soup, same exit for Solvang....the land of windmills and into beautiful Santa Maria. More hill covered vineyards and even a large field of flowers in bloom.