Morro Bay Mini Vacation, Day 3 -- October 16, 2015
Last day of this mini vacation, time to head back home for the busy weekend. We slept very well last night and woke up refreshed but a little sad that we had to end this fun trip. After we enjoyed the complimentary breakfast at the hotel, we gathered our things and checked out of the hotel. Breakfast was quite decent with all the basics but they also had hot food like scrambled eggs and sausages. Very nice!
Food spread in the connected room.
We had a pleasant drive down south on Hwy 101 on this beautiful morning.
MOR wanted to check out the antique store in Solvang where we have made some good purchases before. Unfortunately, we found out that they were closed. They only open on weekends now.
Solvang is a popular tourist spot in California, a Danish town.
Very quiet on this Friday morning.
We just walked around a little, checking out an estate sale where they were selling out all the furnishing and supplies of a closed-down restaurant, and got some pastries from a bakery before leaving this town.
Lunch was at the Andersens in Buellton, a restaurant we have passed by many times but never visited.
They are famous for their pea soup. I am not a pea soup person but MOR is.
They have a huge gift shop before entering the restaurant. The restaurant was quite busy, with mostly older adults for the nostalgic feel and taste, I suppose.
I had their Monster Burger which was delicious! It can very well be one of the best burgers I had.
MOR had the Traveler's Special for $10.99, all-you-can-eat pea soup, a basket of bread (3 different kinds), and a drink, which includes the thick milk shake and that was what he had.
After lunch, we were ready to get home in a couple of hours, at least that was what we thought.
When we got near Santa Barbara we hit bumper to bumper traffic on the south bound side. It took us 2 1/2 hours just to get through the city of Santa Barbara inching along the 101. After we past Summerland the south bound side opened up and we saw the huge traffic jam on the north bound. Friday traffic, we thought.
We did not realize that the problem was actually on Fwy 5 where there was a huge mud slide after the flood the night before near Grapevine which closed that freeway. This closure caused all the cars taking the 101 instead, both north and south bound. Then there was the police activity on 101 which closed the 101/134 area so we had to take 126 through Santa Paula/Fillmore to Santa Clarita per the GPS recommendation to save time.
By the time we reached San Gabriel Valley it was past 7:00PM. We had spent an extra three hours on our way return trip.
Nevertheless, we had an amazing time to just get away and spent some relaxing time with each other. I am sure we will remember all the precious moments we had on this trip like all the ones we had before.