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Terry & Dave Taylor

Ocean Mesa at El Capitan RV Park

Santa Barbara, California: DT and I wish you all a very HAPPY NEW YEAR! We arrived here last night after spending the past week with family in Merced. As is our custom (whether at home or away) we stayed in and enjoyed our annual Fettuccini Alfred splurge and shared a bottle of Clicquot. It was a fine feast. We have our Grand Dawg, Reese, with us now and will eventually deposit him back to Lisa in Los Angeles in a few days. So, we did sleep in just a bit this morning, after staying up until 12:01 this morning. People were partying hearty in our campground - big bon fires blazing in several fire pits ringed with merry-makers - but at midnight no one honked a horn, banged a pot, shot a gun or even yelped. Little Reese curled up between us, happily snoozing with his temporary pack of humans.

Ocean Mesa at El Capital RV ParkAfter a windy night, we woke to gorgeous weather! Not a cloud in the sky, no wind, and warm sun! What a fabulous way to welcome the New Year! It was so warm, we enjoyed our coffee and newspaper outside on our picnic table. Such luxury for two Oregonians in January!

Later, I took Reese on a stroll through this just-opened RV park, snapping photos for my review. It is a very nice park, with every amenity offered... but still, $65??? Ocean Mesa at El Capital RV Park has great showers, laundry, pool, spa, hiking trails, full-service sites, a small store, ATM, newspaper boxes and high-speed wireless internet.

The campsites are long and level with fire rings and really nice wooden picnic tables. (It is rare to find fire rings in RV parks!) Sites above the pool area have nice ocean views. They are accommodating, friendly and very dog-friendly - providing a nice dog exercise area and convenient bags to clean up after your favorite pooch.

Ocean Mesa at El Capital RV Park
Our home for a few days

Ocean Mesa at El Capitan RV Park - Santa Barbara
Ocean Mesa RV Park

Ocean Mesa at El Capitan RV Park - Santa Barbara  Ocean Mesa at El Capitan RV Park - Santa Barbara
 Reception office and a view of the bathhouse

Ocean Mesa at El Capitan RV Park - Santa Barbara
The spa and swimming pool

After my walk and DT's run, we loaded Reese in the car and went to the beach for another walk! There are several good beaches in the area and many are popular with surfers. Always interesting to watch the surfers! After a drive-by tour of the University of California at Santa Barbara campus (very pretty, but totally dead as class is not in session) we went to another beach in Santa Barbara and then did the driving tour of Santa Barbara. We did not think anything would be open, due to the holiday, but many business and museums were doing business. Santa Barbara is very nice, clean, tasteful and, I am going to assume, expensive.

Santa Barbara
Beach north of Santa Barbara - look at that sky!

But we had to get back to the bus so DT could watch college football all afternoon. The Rose Bowl, people! (I needlepointed.) The afternoon slipped away, the sun set, and somehow college football is still on the television. (I cooked dinner.) We did enjoy a beautiful sunset tonight!

 Ocean Mesa at El Capital RV Park
Sunset over the Pacific

For our evening meal, we enjoyed Mediterranean Lamb Loaf and a really good tossed salad with avocado. College football is still on the television...

RV Park: Ocean Mesa at El Capital RV Park

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