California At Its Finest

Are you ready for fun?  Are you ready to laugh?  To smile?  To enjoy a funny, exciting, tempting, and somewhat naughty contest?  Make sure to join me tomorrow for the best contest I've ever hosted!

The weekend in Santa Barbara could not have been more beautiful.  When I left to return home on Sunday afternoon the temperature was 77 degrees farenheit (25 C).  Here's a picture of Stearn's Wharf.

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And here are a few beach shots for you.

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Beautiful, isn't it?  That's Santa Rosa Island you see on the horizon.  It's one of California's Channel Islands.

Have I mentioned how much I love Santa Barbara?

When you're out on the pier, you look back at the town and it looks like this:

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Or from the other side of the pier it looks like this:

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I had a great time visiting with friends.  I always go up there expecting to get a lot of reading and writing done.  I should know better by now.  Instead I get a lot of beach time, friend time, exercise (lots and lots of walking), and … um, maybe a little wining and dining too.  On this trip I "discovered" the best sushi restaurant I've ever been to.  It was a lot of fun.

Sigh … I came home to an overflowing laundry room and a list of to-do's that could stretch to another county.  First and foremost, I'm finalizing details for tomorrow's awesome contest!  I can't wait!  

In the meantime, here's a sunset photo of Stearn's Wharf in Santa Barbara.

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60 Responses to “California At Its Finest”

  1. mama llama

    Excuse me…I’m drooling…
    (sigh)
    Warmth? Sun? Sounds so nice, so idyllic.
    Enjoy it! Be well, 24.

  2. mama llama

    Excuse me…I’m drooling…
    (sigh)
    Warmth? Sun? Sounds so nice, so idyllic.
    Enjoy it! Be well, 24.

  3. mama llama

    Excuse me…I’m drooling…
    (sigh)
    Warmth? Sun? Sounds so nice, so idyllic.
    Enjoy it! Be well, 24.

  4. Alan

    Now you’re just showing off. Knock it off 24…or I’ll be forced to fly across country and live at your house for a month!

  5. Alan

    Now you’re just showing off. Knock it off 24…or I’ll be forced to fly across country and live at your house for a month!

  6. Alan

    Now you’re just showing off. Knock it off 24…or I’ll be forced to fly across country and live at your house for a month!

  7. Linda

    It is beautiful. I was there once in another life (my 20’s). I really loved it too.

  8. Linda

    It is beautiful. I was there once in another life (my 20’s). I really loved it too.

  9. Linda

    It is beautiful. I was there once in another life (my 20’s). I really loved it too.

  10. Midlife Mama

    I love, love, love Santa Barbara! It’s one of my favorite places on earth. *sigh* I am so envious. I haven’t had a beach fix in forever. I soooo need it. Thanks for the virtual beach fix, anyway. 🙂

  11. Midlife Mama

    I love, love, love Santa Barbara! It’s one of my favorite places on earth. *sigh* I am so envious. I haven’t had a beach fix in forever. I soooo need it. Thanks for the virtual beach fix, anyway. 🙂

  12. Midlife Mama

    I love, love, love Santa Barbara! It’s one of my favorite places on earth. *sigh* I am so envious. I haven’t had a beach fix in forever. I soooo need it. Thanks for the virtual beach fix, anyway. 🙂

  13. EricaB

    Can’t wait for tomorrow.
    I should post pictures of our “beauty” just to contrast you…you look so warm and inviting – we look cold and scary!

  14. EricaB

    Can’t wait for tomorrow.
    I should post pictures of our “beauty” just to contrast you…you look so warm and inviting – we look cold and scary!

  15. EricaB

    Can’t wait for tomorrow.
    I should post pictures of our “beauty” just to contrast you…you look so warm and inviting – we look cold and scary!

  16. phhhst

    Dude – I’m so jealous. And so homesick now. Beautiful pictures.
    So glad you had a great time.

  17. phhhst

    Dude – I’m so jealous. And so homesick now. Beautiful pictures.
    So glad you had a great time.

  18. phhhst

    Dude – I’m so jealous. And so homesick now. Beautiful pictures.
    So glad you had a great time.

  19. Donna in VA

    I can certainly see why you love it there so much. Just beautiful! Makes me miss Southern CA. (Have I mentioned that I cried for a year after I left? Yeah, I was a whiney baby about leaving.)

  20. Donna in VA

    I can certainly see why you love it there so much. Just beautiful! Makes me miss Southern CA. (Have I mentioned that I cried for a year after I left? Yeah, I was a whiney baby about leaving.)

  21. Donna in VA

    I can certainly see why you love it there so much. Just beautiful! Makes me miss Southern CA. (Have I mentioned that I cried for a year after I left? Yeah, I was a whiney baby about leaving.)

  22. Di

    California has areas of so much beauty…. It takes your breath away.

  23. Di

    California has areas of so much beauty…. It takes your breath away.

  24. Di

    California has areas of so much beauty…. It takes your breath away.

  25. Nothing Fancy

    So beautiful.
    I’m so jealous.
    Excuse me while I go to my corner and cry. Of course, I’ll need my PARKA>>>CUZ IT”S FREEZING @$$ COLD HERE!!!!!
    Okay…all better now.

  26. Nothing Fancy

    So beautiful.
    I’m so jealous.
    Excuse me while I go to my corner and cry. Of course, I’ll need my PARKA>>>CUZ IT”S FREEZING @$$ COLD HERE!!!!!
    Okay…all better now.

  27. Nothing Fancy

    So beautiful.
    I’m so jealous.
    Excuse me while I go to my corner and cry. Of course, I’ll need my PARKA>>>CUZ IT”S FREEZING @$$ COLD HERE!!!!!
    Okay…all better now.

  28. goodfather

    So… beautiful…
    Thanks for the pics! It looks like you had a great weekend! I’m so ready for your contest 😀 .

  29. goodfather

    So… beautiful…
    Thanks for the pics! It looks like you had a great weekend! I’m so ready for your contest 😀 .

  30. goodfather

    So… beautiful…
    Thanks for the pics! It looks like you had a great weekend! I’m so ready for your contest 😀 .

  31. Kristan

    LOVE the wharf picture! Goodness, would you like to trade weather for a week or so? I just need a little refresher to get me through to March…

  32. Kristan

    LOVE the wharf picture! Goodness, would you like to trade weather for a week or so? I just need a little refresher to get me through to March…

  33. Kristan

    LOVE the wharf picture! Goodness, would you like to trade weather for a week or so? I just need a little refresher to get me through to March…

  34. Helena

    Fantastic photos! It looks amazing. I could really do with some winter sun right now.

  35. Helena

    Fantastic photos! It looks amazing. I could really do with some winter sun right now.

  36. Helena

    Fantastic photos! It looks amazing. I could really do with some winter sun right now.

  37. Stepping Thru

    Come on with the contest already!
    The pictures are beautiful. It was cloudy, cold, windy and dreary here today. It’s 47 degrees right now and expected to get in the single digits by Wednesday. BBBRRRR

  38. Stepping Thru

    Come on with the contest already!
    The pictures are beautiful. It was cloudy, cold, windy and dreary here today. It’s 47 degrees right now and expected to get in the single digits by Wednesday. BBBRRRR

  39. Stepping Thru

    Come on with the contest already!
    The pictures are beautiful. It was cloudy, cold, windy and dreary here today. It’s 47 degrees right now and expected to get in the single digits by Wednesday. BBBRRRR

  40. Christine

    I so want to be there right now. Heck, I wanna be there for the rest of the week. The highs are going to be in the 20s. SUCK!

  41. Christine

    I so want to be there right now. Heck, I wanna be there for the rest of the week. The highs are going to be in the 20s. SUCK!

  42. Christine

    I so want to be there right now. Heck, I wanna be there for the rest of the week. The highs are going to be in the 20s. SUCK!

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