We left Barstow via route 15 west, towards the Los Angeles area. The desert expanses gave way to more populated communities, and as we came down through the mountain passes we could see layers of smog in the distance. We drove across the northern edge of Los Angeles to the Pacific Coast highway, then north towards Santa Barbara.

The Tomtom unit guided us through the valleys of the wine country, and into Solvang. Our campground was located on the other side in the next town of Buellton.

We arrived at the Flying Flags at 12:30 pm (Pacific time). After checking in we found our campsite right near the entrance. The pool, office, showers, and laundry room were close by, and the site was level paved concrete. Hooking up was easy!

site #18 Flying Flags

There was an Olympic sized pool near the showers, so I had a couple of swims while we were there. The campground was huge, with mostly class A and fifth wheel trailers. The landscaping was meticulous, like a country club golf course. Free shuttle service was provided to a local casino.

Friday, Saturday

First thing Friday morning we drove into Solvang and parked on the street in front of the Little Mermaid restaurant. We had breakfast there which included Danish sausages and Aebleskivers, a round Danish pancake/donut hole.

Little Mermaid mermaid dining room

The next two days were spent shopping and eating in Solvang, returning to the trailer each night full of Scandinavian goodies. Breakfast on Saturday was at Ellen's pancake house, and we had supper at Pea Soup Anderson's, both just down the road from the campground. Dad has been telling us about Anderson's for years, so I was looking forward to finally seeing it. The restaurant was large and stylish, with a store inside selling pastries, snacks and souvenirs.

Pea Soup Andersons

The next page is a few images from our time in Solvang.

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