Training Camp 2013 – A trip to Solvang

Our training group of Ashton, Brianne, Damian, and I had a rest day this past Sunday, so, along with our physiotherapist Wilbour, we traveled up and over the mountains into the Santa Ynez Valley for a hearty Danish breakfast in Solvang.

Solvang means “sunny field” in Danish, and is a funny little taste of Denmark in the middle of California. The town is full of Danish architecture including several windmills, some of the buildings dating back 100 years. Continuing with the theme was a horse drawn trolley that made rounds around town, a Danish chocolate store (which smelled great!), plenty of pretty flowers lining the streets, and an impressive accordionist.

While waiting for our table at the best breakfast restaurant in town we tried some æbleskivers at a nearby bakery. Despite the name meaning “apple slices” in Danish the little spherical pancakes served with jam had nothing to do with apples, except perhaps the general geometry. I’m still trying to figure that one out!

On our way home we stopped at Quicksilver Ranch, home of some miniature horses, This here is Apache and his friends.

Training is going great! I enjoyed watching Damian vault next to this little guy (see below), and as each night falls up here on the hillside we get a grand show!

Until next time…

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