Danish Capital of America: Solvang, California

If you find yourself in need of a good Danish pastry, you don’t have to travel all the way to Europe; instead, head to Solvang, California: the Danish Capital of America! We discovered this little gem on our way to Santa Barbara, just past Lake Cachuma.

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Santa Barbara, California

Santa Barbara gets an average of 18 inches of rain per year, and we felt like most of it fell during the one week we visited in March of 2020. Soaked by rain and stuck in LA’s rush hour traffic, our 5 hour drive from Bonita to Cachuma Lake took more than 8 hours. We managed to roll into the peaceful state park in the dark and tried not to make too much noise setting up. All that aside, the fresh spring air was a nice welcome, and we couldn’t wait to explore the beautiful coastal area nearby.

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San Diego, California: A Lush Place by the Ocean

We left the desert and headed west, then south to the Pacific coast to sunny San Diego, California. We heard so many things about the city, a coveted weather Paradise. We were ready for a lush green respite and the beach!

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Joshua Tree National Park, California

Named for the region’s twisted, bristled trees, Joshua Tree National Park is a unique site in the Mojave Desert. From Sky Valley RV Resort in Hot Springs, CA, we drove north to access the park, closer to the Hidden Valley trailhead.

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Honey, We Bought a Fixer Upper!

If you’d told me I would end up buying a 70’s home, much less a fixer upper, I would have laughed you out of the room. But what a fool I would have been!

Here we are now—having bought when the COVIDey housing market still ran hot—proud owners of a 70’s ugly duckling (pricey by Knoxville, Tennessee standards—our former home for 18 years, but not so by Colorado standards). But make no mistake: we are happy to have secured this diamond in the rough (no bidding involved!) and relieved to have a place we can call “home.” Now, it’s time to roll up those sleeves and get to work on renovations.

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