Adventures of Brian and Dee

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Rose’s Father’s Day Present to Brian

I always promised Rose that we’d take her to a beach at the Pacific Ocean. She’s been to many lakes and rivers, but never to the magnificent blue Pacific. It turned out we found a wonderful dog-friendly beach in beautiful Santa Barbara, California, Arroyo Burro Beach, also known as Hendry’s Beach. It was a glorious Continue Reading

Up the California Coast Past Santa Barbara

The next leg of our journey was a trip up the coast of California, past Los Angeles to a campground in the east of Santa Barbara, Upper Oso, in the Los Padres National Forest. The trip was way too long, about 8 hours on the road. The freeway slowed to a crawl through a significant Continue Reading

Grapes as Far as the Eye Can See Arroyo Seco (Santa Barbara CA)

The hills are a patchwork of vibrant green vineyards, light green vegetables and golden grass. Occasionally a sign is posted boasting “Maria’s Shiraz” or “Caliente Winery.” Harvest is months away, but some of the grapes are turning color. The dark red fruit peek behind the bright green leaves. A few of the larger wineries and Continue Reading

Mist in the Morning, Warm Breezes During the Day

So we drove and drove and drove from Burnt Rancheria 50 miles east of San Diego to Santa Barbara. Survey says, otherwise known as Google maps, that it should have taken 5 hours. No way. We left at 10:30 AM and got to the campsite at 6:30 PM. Stop and go traffic from 50 miles Continue Reading

First Stop: Across the Desert to a Forest Near San Diego

The Big Adventure Part I — 3,000 Miles Round Trip in 26 Days! The night before we left, while packing I wondered: Did we really bring enough stuff for a month–clothes, medical supplies, food, dog care items, etc. But the morning when we were getting ready to leave, we could just barely fit it all Continue Reading