Birthday Road Trip: Santa Cruz to Ojai and back home

Although our California birthday road trip was great fun, it was months ago. I’m going to wrap things up so I can get more current.

We departed Elk, on the Northern California coast, and headed inland, briefly. We stopped at a fun drive-in for lunch.

Pick’s Drive-in, Cloverdale, CA (Blue Eyes loves beef)

We made our way down to Santa Cruz. All the times I have been up and down the California coast, I don’t remember ever being in Santa Cruz. It’s an interesting little beach/college town. Good food, but ridiculously overpriced housing due to the fact that it is the closest beach town to Silicon Valley. We stayed in a super cute airbnb about a block from the beach, and easy walking distance to the pier/amusement park (which is not my cup of tea, but was closed anyway, due to covid).

Santa Cruz airbnb
Santa Cruz

From Santa Cruz, we made our way down to Ojai.

I just love these huge California Oak Trees, so plentiful in Ojai. This photo is of the little apothecary/art studio at our hotel.
We stayed at one of my favorite hotels, The Ojai Valley Inn & Spa.
They have fantastic room service at the Ojai Valley Inn.

On our way back north, we stopped in Paso Robles, where Blue Eyes’ sister has a house and a little vineyard. This was our first time seeing her since Blue Eyes reconnected with his family. She has a lot of baggage, but she’s trying. I’m just not emotionally attached to these people anymore, so I try to go with the flow.

Another favorite spot, Hotel Cheval, Paso Robles.
Hotel Cheval has s’mores by the fire every night with gourmet ingredients and a s’mores butler!

On our way home, we took the much quicker I-5 route.

Mt. Shasta
Also, Mt. Shasta, from a moving car.
Our final stop, Ashland, Oregon. The Ashland Springs hotel always reminds me of the tower of terror at Disneyland!
Back home, my peonies were in full bloom!

4 thoughts on “Birthday Road Trip: Santa Cruz to Ojai and back home

  1. Reblogged this on battleoftheatlantic19391945 and commented:
    Sunday, February 20, 2022-CALIFORNIA, U.S.A., with the TUNE-SONG; Going to California, by GREAT ROCK BAND-Led Zeppelin!!! Y’ALL KNOW WHAT? Back in the DAY-the 1970’s, as BEING a BABY BOOMER, BORN in 1958…EVERYONE, and/or ALMOST EVERYONE…MENTIONED and/or TALKED ABOUT GOING TO CALIFORNIA!!! In 1979, coming UP on our May 24…LONG HOLIDAY WEEKEND, we-FRIENDS were sitting around, talking, having a few beers, enjoying THE SPRING WEATHER; when BROTHER…BIG Darrel…SAYS..IN THE LIVING ROOM…ANYONE WANT TO GO TO CALIFORNIA? BROTHER Sid, SISTER Shelley LOOK at me; as I JUMPED OFF THE COUCH…ABOUT THREE FEET IN THE AIR; and SAID YEE FUC.ING HAW…I WANT to go to CALIFORNIA!!! Sid and Shelley LAUGHING, and BOTH of them WORKING…SAID NO, WE have to STAY HERE; so Darrel and I make PLANS, and my late father being a Class-A Mechanic; I asked him to do a MINOR CHECK-UP on BROTHER Darrel’s Six Cylinder Brown Buick, and THEN SOME!!! So, DRIVING U.S.A., Sault Saint Marie, Michigan….U.P., Highway 2, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, Wyoming, 4 CORNERS…UT, CO, AZ., NM….GOING TO CALIFORNIA!!! Anyways, in my TRAVELS in U.S.A., 1979-1980-1985-1986, 1998 TO 2002=ALL REAL ROAD TRIPS, NOT JUST VACATIONS; I more than precisely HAVE BEEN to CALIFORNIA, U.S.A., ABOUT 20 TIMES…WITH POSTCARDS to PROVE it, and THEN SOME!!! Highway 1, The Coast Highway is BEAUTIFUL; and FROM MOUNT SHASTA…etc., to SAN DIEGO; IS A GREAT TRAVEL…PARTY, VACATION, EXPERIENCE, and ALL THAT WANDERLUST FUN STUFF, and THE CENTER PART OF THE STATE, CA., U.S.A., SUCH as EL CENTRO, etc., BARSTOW, SAN BERNARDINO, ALL THE STATE PARKS- REDWOODS, KING’S PARK, etc., is JUST a SCENERY BLAST; WITH DEATH VALLEY, CA., etc., VERY, VERY, INTERESTING!!! THE MOUNTAINS, THE DESERT, THE OCEAN, THE LARGE CITIES…LA, SAN DIEGO, SACRAMENTO-State Capitol, SAN FRANCISCO, OAKLAND, etc., are WILD and FREE; so WHEN Y’ALL GET THE URGE TO PACK and GO; PLAY THE TUNE-SONG; Going to California, by British GREAT Rock Band…Led Zeppelin=AND YEE FUC.ING HAW=GET ON THE ROAD, AND GET THERE!!! Happy Trails to Y’ALL; Later…Brian CANUCK-THE BREEZE Murza, Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada. Blog credit-CrazyKat1963

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