We went to the Santa Maria Valley Strawberry Festival for the first time today. We had seen ads running on TV and it looked like a really great time. Since we are busy Sundays we decided to go on Saturday. I was particularly excited to have a Strawberry Shortcake because they were continually shown on their ads.
The Good: The parking was paved. If you’ve ever been to the Kern County Fair, you’re pretty used to parking in dirt. I don’t know it they have other parking, but we arrived early so got a decent spot.
The sights and sounds are great for small children and keep their interest. There were numerous small free areas for young children, which included a putting green, bean-bag toss and more that kept the kids interest for a while.
There was a Strawberry tasting area in a building that gave you three strawberries to rate. I can honestly say the green label was the best, sweetest, strawberry I’ve ever had.
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The kids with keys to the new truck.
It was finally time to buy a new truck. After exhaustive research I decided on a 2016 Toyota Tundra 5.7L CrewMax 4x4.
The last time I owned a truck was around 1992 when I was in the Air Force.
After visiting dealers for a few days, looking at everything we decided we needed certain things in a truck.
1. I needed more legroom than a double cab would offer. Montana is already tall, and Eddie will be as well. Since I don’t buy cars that often I have to plan for the future.
2. I need a 4x4 since we drive on the beach often and plan on visiting the mountains soon.
3. It needed decent tow capabilities. Although were not in the market for a trailer now, I didn’t want to be limited on what it could pull. Fifth wheels were not in consideration, so there was no need for a larger truck.
4. I also wanted a navigation system.
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