I know, I know … I swore I was done traveling. I told you how glad I was to be home after four weeks and four time zones.
I meant every word of it.
Then the fires came to Southern California. Smoke filled the air choking my lungs. Temperatures soared as a heat wave perpetuated the fire danger and my discomfort. My daughter suggested we sneak away for a couple nights of girl time in Santa Barbara. I hesitated for all of five minutes before booking a hotel. This is our final celebration of summer.
Those of you who have read Twenty Four At Heart for any length of time know that this place, Santa Barbara, is tied to my heart like no other. This is where I come when I'm upset and want to be alone. This is where I come on girl weekends. This is the place where my heart and soul feels at peace.
I arrived yesterday afternoon. Santa Barbara is a bike friendly city. There are bike paths everywhere. My favorite run right along the beach.
Some things about this town never change. The fact that bikes rule over cars is one of them.
The beauty of the mountains from the beach is another.
Having dinner at my favorite Sushi restaurant is one more. I will cry if this restaurant ever closes.
Arigato Sushi was named best Japanese restaurant in the city this year. The recognition is well deserved. I can't imagine coming to Santa Barbara and not visiting. It is truly one of my favorite haunts.
It will only be a short visit this time, but sigh … my heart is so at peace here.
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