day trip

Day Trippin' :: Solvang

Solvang is one of my favorite places to escape to. It’s just far enough that you feel like you’ve really gotten away from the LA basin, but close enough that you can go there and back in one day. Which is what my friends and I did one perfect day a few years back. (Yes, a few years back – somehow I never shared these! Inconceivable!)

Plus, being that it was founded by Danes and mimics the old cities of Scandinavia, it helps ease my homesickness for Norway a bit. Also, pastries.

Solvang Day Trip by Ellingsen Photography - Solvang Bakery

That day we wandered around town, had a lovely lunch al fresco, toured the Old Mission Santa Inés and finished up the day at a lavender field in the neighboring town of Los Olivos, where the owners let us wander the fields after we made friends. Pretty much the perfect day!

Solvang Day Trip by Ellingsen Photography
Solvang Day Trip by Ellingsen Photography

Nikki is half Polish and speaks a bit, hence the hilarity:

Solvang Day Trip by Ellingsen Photography

We wound up having dessert at the Danish Mill Bakery (one of about twenty bakeries in town) and it was amazing. My marzipan craving was fully satisfied. :)

Solvang Day Trip by Ellingsen Photography - Danish Mill Bakery
Solvang Day Trip by Ellingsen Photography - Danish Mill Bakery

I just love the landscape in that part of the state. Absolutely gorgeous rolling hills.

Solvang Day Trip by Ellingsen Photography

I have to give a shout out to the kind folks at Clairmont Farms. I’ve since ordered gifts from them and people love the handmade lavender products! Also, how cute is their greeter pup?

Solvang Day Trip by Ellingsen Photography - Clairmont Farms
Solvang Day Trip by Ellingsen Photography - Clairmont Farms Lavender Fields

On the way home we stopped at one of those vista points where the 101 freeway touches the Pacific, because the sun was setting and it was too beautiful not to. And I’m so glad we did, because it led to one of my favorite photos of Mindy:

Solvang Day Trip by Ellingsen Photography - Mindy Silhouette

And a lucky ladybug to round out a gorgeous day.

Solvang Day Trip by Ellingsen Photography - Ladybug and Beach Vista

I’m hoping to get back up there this year, before the heat of summer hits. Where have you guys been trippin’ to lately?

xoxo

Day Trippin' :: Heritage Square Museum

Our lovely family friend Cheryl, who I should really just call Auntie, came into town the weekend before Halloween for her annual visit. We had some free fun time Sunday and decided to go somewhere none of us had been before, the Heritage Square Museum in Los Angeles. Have you guys heard of this place? It’s basically where they’ve sent rescued Victorian buildings that would otherwise have been torn down to live out their days. It sounded like something right up my history-lover’s alley, but unfortunately it wasn’t quite as awesome as I’d hoped.

They had special Halloween-themed events going all weekend, and there were docents in many of the buildings explaining Victorian era mourning rituals, special displays, mock funerals, etc. It was great! But a few of the buildings were bare bones inside, you couldn’t go upstairs in any of them, and the church was still closed off entirely. So while I support any organization that is dedicated to preserving history, it honestly left me with a bit of a bad taste in my mouth. I know it’s a matter of fundraising, but they just built a new (replica) drugstore, so…

Of course we managed to still have a great time together, and that’s one more place in LA checked off my list!

They didn’t allow photography inside at all (lame), so I focused on the details outside…

Ellingsen Photography Heritage Square Museum Los Angeles 2
Ellingsen Photography Heritage Square Museum Los Angeles 1
Ellingsen Photography Heritage Square Museum Los Angeles 5
Ellingsen Photography Heritage Square Museum Los Angeles 3
Ellingsen Photography Heritage Square Museum Los Angeles 4

Do you think maybe my expectations were just too high? Or have you been somewhere that kinda disappointed you too? After having been there, I get the feeling they leave a lot of it empty because of how often it serves as a set for film and TV, but I'd rather go see a fully furnished/restored home like the Kellogg House or Marston House any day.

xoxo

Adventures on Film :: California Science Center

These are the few film shots I managed to capture at the California Science Center when I went to the Cleopatra exhibit earlier this summer, until I unexpectedly finished the roll before we even got into the exhibit. Oops! More from the exhibit here.

{Kodak Ektar 100 film on my trusty Nikon FM and 50mm f/2 lens.}

They have this lovely display of hanging balls (sorry…no other way to describe them!) above a fountain outside the entrance, with changing colored lights. It made for super cool shadows.

Ellingsen Photography Kodak Ektar Film California Science Center-Entry
Ellingsen Photography Kodak Ektar Film California Science Center-Entry Colors

This shows where you come out of the Cleopatra exhibit, to a collage of all the different film and stage incarnations.

Ellingsen Photography Kodak Ektar Film California Science Center-Cleopatra Exhibit Display

While we waited for our time slot to see the exhibit, we wandered around the air and space part of the museum. Love that you can see my dad in the background of this shot of the burnt-up bottom of an early space capsule.

Ellingsen Photography Kodak Ektar Film California Science Center-Dad and Space Capsule

It’s a bit out of focus, but this early space suit is too amazing not to share! Two thoughts: 1) how crazy skinny was the guy who wore it; and 2) I want those boots.

Ellingsen Photography Kodak Ektar Film California Science Center-Vintage Space Suit

Beware of blast!

Ellingsen Photography Kodak Ektar Film California Science Center-Beware of Blast

Have you guys done any fun day trips so far this summer? Up next for me is an overnight up in the mountains this weekend, so we can actually see the Perseid meteor shower. I’m so excited!

xo