Thursday, August 28, 2014
How the Santa Ynez Valley looks from the top of Figuroa Mountain. And then the road back down to Los Alamos and Solvang to Buellton.
Most of the road is paved, some nice and smooth, other parts very rough. The dirt parts of the road are -very- rough. Lots of rock and ruts from the (rare) rains still.
If you are in the area and decide, Hey that looks great, bring lots of batteries, bring lots of water if you make a day of it (what you think you need, then double that), and drive very carefully. The road goes up some 2,500 to 3,000 feet, and the drops are very far down. Well worth the trip, as long as care is exercised.
Then go to one of the local restaurants for lunch. We stopped at Pea Soup Andersen's (US101 and SR246, Buellton) and had a bacon cheeseburger (sorry, no pics...) that was very good. There's tons of other places around. Mother Hubbard's Cupboard is good too, and just celebrated their 1,000,000th customer.
Little stream that crosses Figuroa Mountain Road. Last time I was up here, it much larger, five or six feet across the road, now, just barely a foot across. But still, WATER!
The rest of the drive, every stream we came across was dry. Even the big river (which I'm told by reliable sources is a class 4 rapid when running) is totally dry, not a hint that it ever carried water at all right now.
I'm really hoping that CA gets some rain soon.