I have heard of San Luis Obispo. This city has a population of over 47.000. The Spanish founded the mission in 1772. Many of their settlements were missions. The area today is a popular tourist stop.
The impact of the Chumash people in this area with the name of the city Pismo Beach. Pismo is the Chumash word for tar. They used the tar found in this area to caulk their canoes. There are several wineries near. During the 1950s they adopted the title "Clam Capital of the World", but this is no longer used.
I have loved powerful photos created by master photographers of the 20th Century. In learning about Nipomo I found this photo as a connection to a familiar photo.
The next town is Orcutt. It is named after William Orcutt, who was with Union Oil of California as a petroleum geologist and engineer in the late 1890s.. There was a big oil field near Santa Maria. He also found fossils in the La Brea Tar Pits that brought attention to the importance of the site.
Buellton is in the Ynez Valley. In 1924 the Andersens opened a restaurant and it is still going strong. This route was a key road connecting LA and SF for many years. The food must be good to be open this long.
This area has been settled for thousands of years. Over 100 years ago 9000 acres was purchased by a group of Danish immigrants settled here. Today the area attracts over one million visitors each year. Solvang means "sunny field" in Danish.
People love the climate of this area. The winters are mild. The town is between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains. The city architecture is a Spanish style.
I love my riding days and look to find interesting and informative items to share.
Pacific Coast Highway