A few more photos from our little road trip last week:
1. The Pacific Ocean, as seen from outside our hotel, shortly after arriving in San Simeon.
2 & 3. The same beach near our hotel, during a stroll the following morning.
4. A bird of prey, but no idea which kind. Amazing to see its impressive wingspan, regardless.
5, 6 & 7. On our way back to L.A. we decided to detour a little inland into the heart of Santa Barbara County, and had a short break to stretch our legs in a town called Solvang. This town is famous for its large Danish settlement and community, so it's a popular weekend destination for those wanting to experience a bit of a Northern European vibe. We didn't stay too long because we didn't want to hit any nasty traffic on the way back home but from what I saw, it really did feel like walking around a part of Europe. Unfortunately, that traffic snarl still got us in the end, and the 2.5 hour leg between Santa Barbara turned into a five-hour leg. I wish I was exaggerating. It was a bit of a killer to end what had been a great little family getaway, but lesson learned - avoid the southbound 101 freeway through Santa Barbara from 4pm onwards during weekends and holiday periods!