I went to Santa Barbara last Friday for the 4th of July weekend. It was beautiful there, as always. I really enjoyed myself. One of the highlights of my weekend was on Saturday afternoon when a baby sea lion swam right out of the ocean onto the sand in front of my towel. He was adorable!
In no time he had attracted a crowd. The lifeguards had to come protect him from the
idiots people who think it's smart to pet wild animals and pose their babies next to them for pictures. (Seriously, what is wrong with people?) The lifeguards made a lot of rescues on the 4th, but saving this little guy was also a big priority.
The day started off well too. I had breakfast at The Shoreline Cafe which is one of my favorite places in Santa Barbara. There are plastic tables right in the sand on the beach. It's a nice place to drink my morning coffee, watch the dolphins swim and wait for the early morning beach fog to burn off.
By 10:00 a.m. the weather was beautiful. I took this photo from Stearn's Wharf looking back at the beach.
People set up on the beach early in the day and stayed through evening.
There were bands playing, vendors selling all sorts of food and crafts, and a festive atmosphere everywhere we turned.
Usually we stay on the beach for fireworks, but we decided to try something new this year. In the evening we moved a short distance to a neighborhood called The Mesa. There's a park on the bluff with beautiful views of the mountains and ocean. It was a great place to be as dusk fell.
The park was full of people having a great time.
These lucky people live right across the street with a full ocean (and firework) view. How awesome would it be to never need to leave your own balcony? This home is worth millions of dollars just based on its location alone.
A short while later darkness fell. We all know what happens once darkness falls on the 4th of July.
** For those of you who asked about the wedding photo below – the sparklers didn't hurt. They never touched us at all. The photo was taken on our first and only try. I was thrilled when I saw how well it came out. **
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