Hank – Greg told us we would be passing by one of his favorite hikes. We had time so we stopped to hike up Gaviota Peak ourselves. It’s listed as a strenuous hike. You climb about 2400 feet in a little over three miles. We found it to be a pleasant workout. The view at the top was worth the climb. You can see up and down the coastline and out to sea. The winds we’re whipping all about us, which made us happy to not be on the bikes.
We had a fancier dinner than planned in Lompoc but it was great. They have some of the best roasted Brussels sprouts I’ve ever tasted.
Vandenberg AFB wasn’t far away so we stopped in at the campground on base and got a tent site for $10. But we didn’t pitch the tent. Instead we put all the panniers on the front seats of the van, locked the bikes up outside, and laid our sleeping pads and bags out in the back of the van. It worked out pretty well.
Kathy – After saying our goodbyes to Greg and Kathleen we started our drive north. Our plans were to stop by Palm Springs to see our old neighbors from Spokane who winter there. Unfortunately they had something come up so we are going to miss seeing them this time. Hopefully we can catch up with them when we return to Spokane this summer.
So the day was ours to do whatever we liked. Since the weather is starting to warm up (mid 60’s) we really wanted to be outside. The hike Greg and Kathleen suggested was perfect. It took us not quite 1.5 hour to climb to the 3.5 miles/2,400 feet peak and another hour to descend it. The sun was shinning and it was a beautiful windy day. We didn’t mind the headwinds or tailwinds while climbing. It was much better than being on the bikes. The views were exceptionally breathtaking throughout the hike and at the top. This was a pretty fantastic hike and we are both happy Greg told us about it.
Once back in to the town area, we had a yummy dinner at Scratch Kitchen. We then headed over to Vandenberg Air Force Base to shower and get a campsite for he night. All in all it was a wonderful day.
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