’07 Aug: Santa Maria and Sandy’s Show

Sandy’s art show and some tourista elements around Santa Maria.

I drove up to…

August 9

I drove up to Santa Maria today with mostly-all of Sandy’s art in my trunk. And here I am at the McKeon-Phillips Winery and Gallery with the guys who are hanging her show.

Ardison, the owner of the winery, designed the layout and by the time Sandy and Roger got there it was basically done. Sandy asked for a few changes and then, voila! a wonderful art show, ready for your viewing pleasure.

Then we had a…

Then we had a very good lunch in the little town of Orcutt. This wine country area is pretty trendy these days, full of food and wine emporia.

After lunch we rested and then met for dinner. I’m seeing a pattern here of eat rest eat rest eat. Sounds great, no?

Just a couple miles…

Just a couple miles out of the way and we are here at La Purisima Mission State Historic Park.

It was very interesting but not so wheelchair friendly. I got Sandy out a ways but then the path got too soft so I left her sitting there(!) and trotted up ahead to snap a few pix.

A roadside stop. …

A roadside stop. Ostrich Land!

I didn’t spend the four bucks to go stand on the platform to watch these guys up close(r) and I’m sure they get really close if you spend the extra buck for Food. This picture was fun enough.

And the main church….

And the main church.

“The church was originally constructed in 1804, and although several major earthquakes hit, it survived them. The mission church was badly damaged during the 1812 earthquake, but repairs were made. With multiple restoration efforts, Santa Ynez’s original adobe chapel still stands in the quadrangle today.”

Lake Cachuma, along highway…

Lake Cachuma, along highway 154. There is a state park here for camping and a boat dock for daytrippers. On this day it was full to the rafters so I’ll check it out again another day.

I’ll be home soon and then I’ll have to go to bed very early since I Will Not eat dinner. Last night, on the way back to the hotel, we’d only eaten the hors d’oeuvres, so I stopped off at a 7-11 for a snack and they had my all time favorite ice cream my mind went blank and I bought a pint and then I ate the whole thing. I’ve felt queasy ever since! Serves Me Right.

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