Took a half day tour to Solvang, California in Santa Barbara, coomunity of Santa Ynez Valley.
First, I drove passing along the oh-so beautiful Pacific Coast Highway.
My first stop was an early morning quick and easy hike to Nojoqui Falls. The first time I was here the waterfall was dry. But now look!
With all the talk about California suffering from drought, it’s nice to know that there’s water trinkling down this waterfall.
For those of you who are planning to come here, it is better to do so afterit rained. Also, don’t miss the exit from the highway. This place is somewhat secluded.
See it without the water – Throwback Thursday: Weather Woes
Then I headed to Solvang for a bit o’Denmark.
Solvang is one of the places where I get to get my European travel fix.
Unlike most California travel destinations, parking here if free.
It’s a”Little Denmark” in California.
I sampled me some chocolates while over here, and bought me some ice cream. There’s free ice cream tasting too but I knew what I wanted. Plenty more good food including of course their signature, duh, danish pastry.
At night, everything is illuminated! Including the trees and the houses.
Moving on, a little bit of walk and I got to Santa Ynez Mission. This is the eighth mission I visited.
Although this time, I didn’t enter the inside.
Last, driving back I stopped to a couple of vistas to see Cachuma Lake.
It’s actually an artificial lake used as water basin.
Returning back, I continued driving down the scenic though zig-zaggy Chumash Highway.
A fulfilling half day, I think. :D
Here’s to a blog who is outstanding in combining awesome images with very fitting and beautiful words – Darla Welcher’s Through The Lens.