Quickie Trip to Templeton
I’ve been itching to take a little two-hour trip up to Templeton to shoot a giant milk bottle which I found out about a few weeks ago. Today’s forecast was for all-day sun and near 80 degrees — not a good day to sit at the computer. After a few errands and a drastic haircut, I loaded up the dogs and camera and a list of stops. Had to stop in Morro Bay for that doggie beach again. It was just as wonderful the second time.
So, I’ve got some sign photos for you. I do shoot other stuff on these trips (the buildings and statues) but my blog fans seem to like signs the most so that’s what I focus on here.
From Guadalupe — looks like a replica of the original jewelry store clock sign installed here in 1923. The business is gone now.
Several signs from Santa Maria:
This drive-in in Santa Maria opened in 1960 — and is still going strong:
A few signs from Lompoc. Gotta reshoot this one in the morning sometime when the sun is coming from the other direction:
Unfortunately, this IOOF sign is in a spot that probably never gets light:
I’ve shot these signs a few times — but not been lucky enough to see them in the afternoon from this side when the roof is out of the way and you can get them together:
Last stop in Buellton where the sun ran out. This is the County Line Motel:
This was a good little test drive for next weekend. Sparkle needed an ABS computer module which was a pricey $1500 and required 3 trips to the shop to get it right. It was a relief to have no scary warning lights on the dash for a full day of driving. Next weekend, if the forecast is sunny, the dogs and I will be heading down to San Diego.
More photos from today over at Flickr: