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URL Change

I’ve decided to change the location of this blog. I had an about page at with my two blogs at /blog and /Tombrarian. But I never did much with that hand-coded about page and realized it would be easier to maintain just as an about page within the blog. I never needed to change it much, so it was a rather static page to have as my home page. So, I decided to move the blog up to So, all new posts after this will be made there. I’ll remove this site somewhere down the road. Tombrarian is still at the same place.

Pre-Monterey Travels

Thomas Hill Organics 1

Originally uploaded by Tombrarian

As I mentioned in my previous post, I’m not a fan of long drives, so I broke my trip to Monterey into 2 days. I stayed one night in Bakersfield and then stopped for lunch the next day in Paso Robles.

I had dinner at Lengthwise Brewing Company in Bakersfield. Breakfast the next morning at Zingo’s Cafe.

Before leaving for Monterey, I visited the Bakersfield Museum of Art. The highlight for me was the ceramic work of David Furman.

On my way from Bakersfield to Monterey, I stopped in Paso Robles for lunch. Ate at Thomas Hill Organics. The picture is of my Grilled Humboldt Fog Cheese Panini with Figs, Arugula, Prosciutto and side Field Green Salad.

More pictures!

California Trip

California Trip

Originally uploaded by Tombrarian

This is a map of the trip I took at the end of October 2010 to various parts of California. I drove approximately 1800 miles, which is astounding considering I don’t like driving very much. And because I don’t like driving very much, I broke it up into smaller trips.

  • Left Henderson, NV on 10/21 and drove to Bakersfield, CA and stayed the night.
  • Left Bakersfield on 10/22 and drove to Monterey, CA with a stop in Paso Robles for lunch. Stayed in Monterey until 10/29.
  • Left Monterey and drove to Solvang, CA with a side trip to San Simeon to see the elephant seals. Spent the night in Solvang.
  • Left Solvang on 10/30 and drove to Carpinteria, CA for one night.
  • Drove back to Henderson on 10/31.

I should be posting more pics in the coming days.