The Freedom to Park Anywhere | Camper Van Life S1:E7

This week…we head up the central coast of California, meet some new friends, get tempted the danish, Kait does a funky dance and we see the worlds largest pet rock. After a few days of camping along the ocean we made our way north to meet some friends so our pups could have a playdate. Arroyo Burro Beach is a well known park in Santa Barbara amongst dog owners. Although Leo does not like going into the water, he loves to strut his stuff on the sand. After a few hours of frolicking on the sand, we continued north and decided to stop in Lompoc for the night. Since I’m an Elk, we have the opportunity to stay at different lodges around the country and meet fellow Elks along the way. We didn’t need water or electricity so we opted for dry camping. Once we got settled, we ventured into Lompoc’s wine ghetto. We met three locals who welcomed us to their city and treated us to some more great wines. They’re kindness and generosity made us feel incredibly fortunate to be on this journey where we get to meet genuine good hearted people along the way. So everyone’s been asking what our MPG is. We just filled up again and so far we’re averaging 14. We’re both happy about that. It’s because I’m behind the wheel. Let’s see, we’re going 35 in a 50. [Joe] You gotta speed it up.
[Kait] The speed limit just changed. It just went from 35 to 50. [Kait] You gotta give me a chance. [Joe] By the way, I love the comment we got about my criticizing Kait’s driving. I do that all the time and then she just gets me right back. I’m used to it, I’m the butt of all his jokes. Hey look, it’s going to be 55 soon. You better get on the right pedal, the skinny one! So where are we heading first? Buellton or Solvang? We’re going to drive through Buellton first, but we’re going to go to Solvang. Then head back to Solvang because we’re meeting a couple of YouTube subscribers over there for a late lunch, early dinner. I’m making a Swiss chard, lentil curry for lunch. There’s green lentils in there, coconut, curry powder blend a little bit of salt seasoning and then I’m going to put the chard in. And once I put it on, it will probably take 25 minutes so we can take Leo for a nice walk around Solvang and then come back for lunch. [Joe] I’m excited. I’m also very happy we found a spot in the public parking lot. Yeah it filled up quickly, there were only two spots left. Welcome to Solvang!
This is our little Denmark right here in America! It was Leo’s first time in Solvang, he dragged us around town trying to hunt down all those delicious pastries he could smell. Between the horse drawn carriage, restaurants and pastries I met a gentleman who had fitted a steel bumper to his van. We both thought it looked pretty awesome. If the Danishes weren’t enough, we found even more delicious looking pastries but decided to save our appetites. After meeting the founders of solvang, we headed back to the van for lunch. [Kait] Ta da!!! Oh, that looks good! [Kait] Here you go. [Joe] Thank you.
[Kait] You’re welcome, it’s hot. This is delicious! To get away from the crowds, we headed into Hans Christen Anderson park and took a walk among the many live oak trees that fill the park. If the name sounds familiar, he’s the Danish author who wrote The Little Mermaid. After working up an appetite, we indulged in our first meal out since starting camper van life and had close encounter with the local bull. We spent the last few nights stealth camping right next to this freeway. Personally, I kind of love it. I sleep well when there’s noise next to me, constant throughout the night. It’s not a bad way to go. Oh look at the Model T! I’m really excited to be back at Waller Park in Santa Maria. It was really nice to spend yesterday here and this is our backyard, how awesome is that!!! [Joe] It’s pretty awesome! Now if the sun will come out I’ll be even happier. [Joe] Well it did yesterday and it was nice sitting in the sun. Well I’ve learned being on the coast of California, it takes a while for the marine layer to burn off. There’s a dog obedience class going on, we should probably enroll Leo. [Joe] I think he’s more obedient than those dogs are. [Kait] Well he’s so chill, he can just hang out and relax. [Kait] If this my back yard for the day, I’ll take it. It’s better than going to a coffee shop and sitting there and working. This is something that I never really thought about when switching to camper van life. Hey we can just leave the campground once we wake up, find a really awesome park in the area set up for the day, we can work, relax, sit outside, set up our chairs. This…is the life. I feel good after the gym, I feel pumped. Nothing like a good cardio work out to get the day started. Am I driving?
[Joe] Yes. Off to Arroyo Grande?
[Joe] Go get our laundry did. As we traveled up the central coast finding free or economical places to spend the night was becoming a challenge so we kept moving north and spent the day in Arroyo Grande. [Kait] I’m looking for a spot on the edge. Leo wants chicken. Come on! Leo’s not too sure about this bouncy bridge. After being teased by the Chickens, Leo got a chance to blow of some steam with new friends who also live in a camper van. Living the van life means fewer clothes and more trips to the laundromat. [Kait] There’s no separating colors here. Everything just goes in. [Joe] Ohhh somebody knows there were a bad Husky! Bad Husky! Off to Morro Bay. Morro bay is a fun little beach town with the worlds largest pet rock, fun knick knacks, a couple crazy kids and some interesting sea life. [Kait] Gotta Roadtrek over here and a Tioga towing a boat. If we had the room in the camper van, these are the two I would get. Happy Glampers and Glamping! There are stories that during prohibition, locals helped facilitate landings of Canadian whiskey around Morro Rock. It is really windy out here, but it’s beautiful! It was like trying to stand on a motorcycle. [Kait] It’s beautiful though.
[Joe] It is gorgeous. Time to get us dumped. Kait’s going to take of the toilet, I’m going to take care of the gray tank. That’s it!
[Joe] That seemed pretty easy.
It’s really simple. Next time…we continue our journey north into wine country before heading into the Sierras to meet General Grant.


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