Okay, I'm being a bit of a drama queen here. While the road is twisty and has some sharp turns, it is more than wide enough for a big rig and tow car, or in our case a 40' fifth wheel pulled by an F-450 dually. The scary part comes when you meet someone coming down the road in the opposite direction. If it is a single car, it's not so bad. There are some wide spots in the road where they can pull over to allow you to pass. I don't know what one would do if they met another rig and tow vehicle. Luckily, I didn't have to find out.
My take away from this is that if you plan to come to Rancho Oso in Santa Barbara, CA, plan to arrive after 1pm, and when you leave, plan to hit the road between 9 and 10am. You will be fine.
Getting into the park was the only "bad" thing about our stay. Once you get down the dreaded hill, it is a lovely site. There is a working horse ranch there, lots of pasture with horses and cows.
The full hook up section is in tiered rows. I had been told that cell and data signals were horrible, but we camped in the middle row of the tiered levels, and were able to get a decent 3G signal. This was good for phone calls, texting and a little website surfing. Streaming video, not so much. They do offer wifi in the clubhouse, but we didn't try it.
As far as the basics - the power was good (all 30amp spots), the water pressure decent. Sites are close but not necessarily tight. There is not much in the way of privacy. We were able to get our Direct TV satellite up and receiving a good signal.
They had these cute wagons to rent as well as cabins and a tipi!
I did a few loads of laundry while we were there. The washers and dryers were decent. I think it was $1.75 to wash and $1.50 to dry. The dryer ran about 30 minutes and our jeans and towels only took one cycle. Bathrooms were clean, and the showers had privacy doors.
We camped here in the middle of the week, and there wasn't much going on. We did take a jaunt outside the park (which help me get a little better handle on my fear of that mile long driveway into the park). We went into Solvang and Buellton. The primary goal was to visit the Mission Santa Ynez, but as long as we were out and about, we stopped for lunch at Pea Soup Andersens. I can now cross that off my bucket list. Anyone who has travelled 101 in this area has undoubtedly seen all the signage for this restaurant. It was on my list because I like pea soup but husband doesn't, so I don't get it very often. The pea soup itself got about 2.5 stars. I prefer my soup to have chunks of potato and carrot and ham. The soup they serve is a pureed version. It tasted fine but I prefer something of a little more substance. We made a quick stop at the local Albertson's and then back to the park.
I think I have made this confession before, but I'm not much of a tourist. I like seeing different parts of the country, but I'm not one to go to cutesy towns and window shop. Solvang is the Danish equivalent to Leavenworth's Bavarian themed town in Washington State. Cute if you like that sort of thing.
I will say the countryside is pretty. We enjoyed our short stop at the Mission of Santa Ynez. Husband enjoyed reading the history. I enjoyed the collection of art. There is a $5 admission fee.
And last but not least, a few random shots from around Rancho Oso. The ground squirrels were fun to watch. They moved so fast, it was hard to get a good shot.
I can understand why people like this park, especially if you have kids and go on the weekends. Lots of activities and things to do. The rattlesnake warning signs were appreciated but freaked me out a bit. We will probably not go back because I hated the road in, husband hated the flies, and we both like a park with a little more privacy. That's just us. If we were younger, braver and travelled with kids, I can see the appeal of this park. It is one of those where you just have to go and see for yourself.