Santa Barbara…..

Santa Barbara…..

After leaving Carpinteria, we headed north to Santa Barbara and parked up on Chapala Street, as there was a vegan restaurant on the same street called Adama.
Adama
428 Chapala Street
Santa Barbara
California
CA 93103
USA
T: +1 805 560 1348
W: adamavegan.com

7 Oct 2012 12:43

7 Oct 2012 12:43

For breakfast earlier Sangeet had nachos and guacamole, I had last night’s Chinese, so because we were pretty full, we only popped in for coffee and cake. All of the cakes are gluten free, as well as being vegan…..you could never tell the difference!!

After eating, Sangeet decided she wanted pizza and fries for lunch!!! They also tasted very good. The pizza was gluten free.

Afterwards we had a wander to the beach and pier, where we met a guy, Deepak, originally from India now living in Santa Barbara, he said Sat Sri Akal and asked if we are enjoying Santa Barbara, we said yes and he was happy to hear that. We chatted for a while before going our separate ways.

7 Oct 2012 12:35

7 Oct 2012 12:08

More pictures coming soon….

Breakfast…..

Breakfast…..

Looking forward to our breakfast at the Raven, well you do especially when it is free!

Think we over ordered!

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This is a half order!!

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On top of that we ordered French Toast!!

Now just relaxing in front of a nice big open fire

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Hotel restaurant

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Afterwards we walked through the vegetable gardens of the restaurant, a fair amount of the food on the menu is grown here.

Mendocino…..

Mendocino…..

We both seem to be getting cold’s, so just wanted a nice relaxing day around Mendocino. Unfortunately, as the bed and breakfast was fully booked and we have only booked it for the one night we had to find somewhere else. We first thought about Fort Bragg being only 20 minutes away but first would have a look around the bed and breakfast’s around Mendocino….can you tell we really did not want to drive!

We asked the lady if she could recommend anywhere else, she suggested we try Algeria, as she called them. The best price alga could do without breakfast was slightly out of the budget but we thought we would have a look.

The vibe in the Alegrea was fantastic but the price was not….so they recommended two hotels one was the mendocino hotel on Main Street. We drove across to the mendocino hotel and asked to see the room. As soon as we entered the hotel it had the vibe of somebody was murdered there!!! Okay better check the room….wow not to our taste also the shower was shared. Instead of checking the other hotel we went back to Algeria and check in!!!

Alegria
44781 Main Street
PO Box 803
Mendocino
California
CA 95460
USA
Tel + 1 800 780 7905 / +1 707 937 5150
[email protected]
Www.oceanfrontmagic.com

Alegria reception

27 Sep 2012 11:57

27 Sep 2012 11:58

After speeding time in the reception area we had a wonder along Main Street, which is full of quaint shops and art galleries.

We headed back to the hotel to relax in the reception check up on email. Afterwards we had a walk to the beach which was very nice and quite.

Sangeet bought a hoodie from one of the shops…..very fashionable

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In the evening we went back to the Raven restaurant, sometimes if a restaurant is very good we go back just to make sure!! Well that is our excuse! It was like the previous night very good!

After dinner we had a chat with the food director and nutritionist we mentioned the food was very nice but do they change the ingredients of the same dish? He said no and apologised as it should be the same. We mentioned we are back for breakfast and he said one of your breakfasts will be free.

Woohoo, well when you are traveling on a budget it all helps!

Happily we went back to the hotel. Our actual room is across the road from the main hotel, it did not have the same vibe but as we were both shattered and needed some sleep it did not matter.

Relaxing day…..

Relaxing day…..

After spending the morning relaxing at the hostel, we went to Pt Bonita lighthouse, on the way we saw a raccoon trying to grab somebody’s lunch, they were in a van with the windows open! Also probably not a good idea leaving food in the car, we had raccoon footprints all over the car. Wish I had their sense of smell I was starving!!!
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The walk to the lighthouse was amazing especially as it was foggy, created a sense of mystery about the area. The waters were smashing against the rocks which was a fantastic sight and sound. One could just make out the Golden Gate Bridge.

For over 150 years, Point Bonita lighthouse has aided ships navigating the treacherous waters of the Golden Gate. It’s welcome beacon continues to greet both mariners and lighthouse visitors alike. With the discovery of gold in 1848, California and the world changed forever. Soon,San Francisco became the main port for gold seekers from around the globe. In 1849, the city’s population leaped from 900 to 20,000!

To lead the new settlers and explorers safely thorough the dangerous waters of the bay entrance, a system of light houses was developed. Alcatraz’s light showed the way for ships directly in front of the Golden Gate and Fort Point’s lighthouse marked the southern edge of San Francisco Bay. Another light house was needed north of Golden Gate to make the entrance recognisable for ships sailing up the coast from the south. That lighthouse became Point Bonita.

24 Sep 2012 13:58

24 Sep 2012 14:04

Bridge to the lighthouse:
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Tunnel towards the lighthouse.
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Afterwards we went to the marine mammal centre, 2000 Bunker Road, Sausalito, CA tel +1 415 289-7325, this is where they treat the marine life, e.g. sea lions, the lady who gave us a docent tour is called Deirdre (a volunteer) she did a fantastic job. The cost is $7 and worth every cent, also, all the money goes to the centre.

“Our mission is to expand knowledge about marine mammals—their health and that of their ocean environment—and to inspire their global conservation. Our core work is the rescue and rehabilitation of sick and injured marine mammals, supported by state-of-the-art animal care and research facilities, a corps of dedicated volunteers, and an engaged community.”

24 Sep 2012 14:49

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The following picture is made up of smaller pictures of plastic bags!
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We then headed to Saulsalito for a very late lunch, where went to a restaurant called Avtar’s, not sure what the owner is trying to achieve, on the menu was enchiladas with an Indian twist and another dish curry and rise with a jerk twist!! Both meals were awful and definitely cannot recommend this restaurant, we also got told a few days ago, by the owner that there are two kitchens one for veg and the other for non veg. We later saw that the veg and non veg cooking was done in the same area using the same pans! We were in so much of a rush we did not even take a picture of the outside!

24 Sep 2012 17:05

Drive to HI point Reyes hostel on highway 1 was amazing full of sharp bends, you definitely had to keep your wits about you. Unfortunately it was very foggy so we were left wondering what beautiful sights we were missing.

Goodbye…..

After a fantastic few days with Gurrinder and the family, we are moving on. Said our long good byes (Indian goodbyes last about an hour!!!) and drove off.

Gurrinder’s uncle had kindly arranged for some malaria tablets, so we drove to CVS to pick them up, the cost was $387! For sixty tablets. The assistant was very kind and said you should do a price check…..which we will do.

Afterwards we went back to a favourite, Herbivore on Valencia. It was pretty busy but we managed to get a table. Unfortunately the food was not up to the same standard as our previous visit. Just seemed more rushed and no care and attention was given. After the mains, we then decided to go for the gluten free raw chocolate cheesecake, which was not nice, just a very sweet taste and no flavours of the chocolate. Well at least we got this restaurant out of our system!

After a disappointing dinner we headed to the HI Marin headlands hostel. The journey there was in pitch black. Was good to hit the bed although it was not as comfortable as the one in Danville!

East coast…..

On the east coast we had a few days in NYC where we did not need the car. We only hired the car when we were heading to Washington DC, it was a VW Jetta, as I am a member of hertz number one gold, I automatically get a 30% discount a free upgrade and Sangeet is able to drive the car at no extra cost. We usually hire the smallest car possible….as this is USA they hardly have anything small and upgrade you two classes up. This is why I keep say it is worth joining these associations e.g. Hertz, Hilton honours, etc

NYC is a very busy, people are in a mad rush to get around and do nothing! You ever had that? You say you have a very busy weekend….come Sunday night you look back and think what have I actually achieved this weekend?

The restaurants in NYC have been fantastic, plenty of choice and some great vegan and vegetarian restaurants.

Saying that by the time Sat Nan Fest had come to a close, we were looking forward to spending time in NYC.

The weather has been mild (for me) around the 80’s (F) having spent 4 weeks topping up my suntan in New Mexico I am used to temperatures of 90F plus! Sangeet has loved the weather, just the right temperature.

Washington DC has felt more relaxed and the people are a lot friendlier….does not feel like a capital city….as soon as we drove into downtown Washington DC we fell in love with it.

Around the east coast we went through the following states, New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Washington DC, Pennsylvania, Virginia.

On the whole the people have been friendly, which is one of the many factors I like about the States.

Sat Nam fest was a perfect ending to the time on the east coast, we thoroughly enjoyed the kundalini yoga and live music performances. I found that because people are only here for 4 days they are not as friendly and it is only small chat they are interested in, perhaps I am comparing this to the immersion course. Saying that, there were a few couples who gave their addresses and said next time you are staying at our house, please let is know when you pick up your bags at the airport and we will come to collect you!

The time spent with my very good friend Prithinder was really needed. It seemed like ours texts were cold to one another. Physically meeting one another is what we both needed….it was great to see him, even though he had not been on the course he was glowing more then me….perhaps it was because he met me!?!?!!

Staying the night at Sartaj and Barb’s amazing house was great. Really nice to be able to feel at home away from home.

Also I have known Ravinder for 5 years this is the only time we managed to spend quality time together…usually in Espanola we are attending a course and he is busy selling on the course. Just the way things happened…that he flew into Dulles and we were around Herndon (20 minutes away.)

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