Solvang, CA in December

Solvang, CA in December

Months ago, during the triple-digit heat of summer, I planned a three-day outing in Solvang during Christmas time.  Doesn’t that sound lovely?  All through December, this little town holds its Julefest and I wanted to be a part of it.  Of course, nothing could be that simple. The drive isn’t long.  My friend and I, plus my dog Jem, planned to take a couple hours to get there, however things 

Pismo Beach in Winter

Pismo Beach in Winter

Blue skies, expansive beaches, and frigid nights best describe my Christmas weekend at Pismo Beach.  I don’t consider myself a beach person.  Have I mentioned that before?  I come from

The Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade, Part I

The Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade, Part I

I recently went to Newport Beach for the first time.  Yes I know.  I’ve lived so close for years and years and just never made the trip down to Orange County.  We won’t get into that now.  It happens to all of us.  This was a Christmas outing, a chance to see the  famous Christmas Boat Parade and I went with a local community group.  It’s so nice to leave the driving to a bus driver.  But being tied to