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Trip Report First trip to Santa Barbara area

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This trip report will be much shorter than the last.
We (DW and I) got back from the epic trip back east for our daughter's wedding on June 2.
We left on our road trip to Santa Barbara on Friday June 8. I let DW drive the first shift down US 97 to Weed CA. I enjoy the drive down through Dunsmuir to Redding on I-5.
We stopped at a Super WalMart and picked up sandwiches, drinks and a 5 qt. container of oil since the car recently started using oil.
We got to the Oakland Bay bridge toll booth just about 4PM. I was dismayed that they now collect $6 for a car to come into SF. I think I remember going into the city for free a few years ago. The traffic was pretty bad but it looked like the outbound traffic was moving even slower. We crossed over I-380 over to get on I-280 south to Belmont. We had a very interesting drive over the mountains on CA 92 coming out in Half Moon Bay on Rt. 1.
We drove south on Rt. 1 to the turnoff to the small town of Pescadero.
We picked up some groceries and cherries, strawberries and some snap peas.
We had been to the HI hostel at Pigeon Point before so the male and female dorms were no surprise. I cooked up Zatarain's jambalaya with shrimp and sausage we brought from home. The cherries were a good dessert.
We got on the road south the next morning at about 9:30 and we stopped for a leisurely lunch at Marie Callender in Pismo Beach.
We called our DIL and let her know when we would be arriving at the student housing of UCSB which is west of the Santa Barbara airport.
Our motel was 22 miles away in Carpenteria. All of the reservable rooms under $120/night in Santa Barbara and Goleta were taken when I went to reserve.
We stayed at the Sandland Reef motel in the north end of Carpenteria.
The rooms still have analog TV's and have no refrigerators or microwaves.
The bed was comfortable enough and we had no problem with any type of noise.
It was perfectly adequate for the $75/night that we paid. The Motel 6 just down the road posted a price on their signboard on Monday of 51.99. That may have been for 1 person.
In the next installment will be the SB Mission, the zoo and our meal on the Santa Barbara Wharf.

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