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Church, Motorcycles and Carriages

We go to church in Santa Barbara, I visit a Motorcycle Museum in Solvang and the Santa Ynez Museum, including Carriages

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Well, Mom had asked to go straight north to Washington and I was the one wanting to include sightseeing and visiting. So I thought I'd surprise her along the trip and take her to different churches as part of our trip. She is a Seventh-Day Adventist (SDA) and Saturday is her Church day, so Friday night I googled SDA Church Solvang and got an address. So Saturday morning we took off for Solvang, using Nav to find the listed address, no such thing. There was a Lutheran church at that address and a lady in area said there were no SDA churches in Solvang to her knowledge.

Plan B - I looked up SDA churches in Santa Barbara, typed that address into Nav and 54 miles later got to the church just as the main service was starting (having missed Sabbath School on our false lead).


I was a bit surprised when we walked in, there was a small string group playing with the organist. The church is apparently very musical, but not with the drums and electric guitars as some churches now use. However it was quite nice.


After the service, all guests were invited to lunch in the gym behind the church (I guess it has a school attached, as many do). There was quite a bit of food that was all very good, all vegetarian of course (this is an SDA church afterall). There weren't really a lot of guests, but a few and it looked like the musicians and other church volunteers ate there as well.


By the time we left the church lunch, my mind was already thinking ahead to the next phase of the trip. I'd seen brochures about a couple more things that looked interesting and I thought maybe I could slip in one of them on way home - maybe the other on the way out of town on Sunday. So instead of driving straight over Hwy 154 back to the campground, I circled around on Hwy 101 back to Solvang where there is a Motorcycle Museum that looked interesting:


These are from the private collection of Virgil Elings, who was a physics professor at Cal Tech (?) and collected and restored motorcycles for a hobby. This currently consists of one, large room with about 93 vintage motorcycles. Each bike has a display card giving a little information about it. Most of these are fully restored and in good operating condition. He fancied racing bikes, so that's what he tended to collect, but there are a lot of very old bikes as well. The oldest one I saw was from 1904 and the newest was from the '70's or '80's. Of course, I took a lot of pictures - but will only paste a few here to give an idea what it's like. Other folks have been there as well and you can google it for more information.

1914 Indian direct drive

1920 ABC Sopworth

1923 James

1929 Harley JDH

1947 Moto Guzzi

So that's 5 out of 93, and this time I remembered to photograph each sign along with each bike I photographed! Since it was already late when I got to the motorcycle museum, I rushed through it (figuring I could always look at the pic's and cards later) - so lo and behold it wasn't that late yet! So we drove on back towards the RV campground, which took us through Santa Ynez where the other stop was I wanted to make, a Carriage Museum. It was open until 4pm, and we got there about 3pm, so I figured if I took it in quickly (inhaled it?), we wouldn't have to stop on our way out of town, which Mom would prefer.

It was a combination "Santa Ynez" museum and included a large carriage house/museum. These weren't in mint condition as the ones we'd seen in Raymond, WA, but in a way looked a little more realistic maybe (cars only look new in the showroom?). So Here are a few picks just to give you an idea of what it's like:


I also took closeups of a couple that I especially liked:


Having taken the quick route through the carriages, I also had a little time to check out the rest of the museum. It was small, but very well done. They had assembled a lot of 1800's style stuff in a living area to make it look somewhat like it would have been when in use:


Notice the Bed? The card describes it as an 1847 "Sleigh Bed"


The museum also had a Hammered Dolcimer on display, which is unusual since many people have never even heard of this instrument. What was even more unusual is that it was a consul cabinet, like a box piano, which I'd never seen.


In the main entry room for the musuem were a number of cabinets displaying old west ranching type equipment. They had informative cards describing each item and how they were used (for us city slickers I suppose). Again, just a flavor:


I only spent about 45 minutes in each museum and it being Mom's Sabbith (and she's always tired by afternoon), she had waited in the car, so I also wanted to hurry and get her back to camp for the night. On the way out of the museum, I couldn't help snapping one more shot - the little building at the corner of the museum was the town's original branch Library built in 1912 - and still operating as a Library!


So now were were both really ready to head out of town!

Posted by jl98584 20:30 Archived in USA

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