Santa Barbara Weekend – Part 2

** Sorry for the delay on this post.  If you want, you can read Part 1 by clicking here.  Also, I will have a very funny, embarrassing, story for you next week.  It just might have something to do with my recent annual gyn appointment.  Ahem!  **

Rain was predicted for Sunday night in Santa Barbara.  It would be the beginning of an onslaught of storms for Southern California.

When I woke up on Sunday morning, I knew, instantly, the first storm would arrive sooner than expected.  The sky was gray; the ocean was gray.  

I thought I had a few hours of outdoor time before the rain began and I wanted to make the most of it.  I decided to pack up my camera and head up the coast a little bit.  I was hoping to get a few photos of the more secluded beaches.

I was only in my car a few minutes when the storm began.

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It wasn't a slow and gradual start.  The sky seemed to open up, it began pouring, and the rain didn't stop.

I glared at the sky.  Don't laugh … but it made me mad the rain arrived before it was supposed to.  What to do now?

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I stopped at a Starbucks for coffee, hoping the rain might ease up in a few minutes.  

It didn't.

Right then one of my Santa Barbara friends called.  We decided to meet for brunch.  If nothing else, I was certainly well fed while away for the weekend.

We discussed movie possibilities over brunch, but we ended up hitting up some shops instead.  I haven't worn a watch in years, but I found one I really liked and purchased it.  It's a Michele watch and it's a nice combination of bling and sportiness.  

It also has BIG NUMBERS on it which is important.  I'm going blind from too many hours working on my laptop.

Twitter counts as "working," right?

I guess rain is kind of expensive because what else is there to do when it's raining but shop?

I ended up going back to the hotel for a couple hours in the afternoon to play with photos on the computer.  

There usually aren't any waves in the harbor itself.  With the storm, it was different, of course.  I sat out on the covered balcony of my hotel room and watched the waves crashing across the street.  

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A lot of people in Santa Barbara make good use of the many bike paths to get around town.  They aren't used to storms anymore than I am.  I watched this woman pedaling along in the rain.  

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The storm increased quickly in its fury.  I hunkered down with a book and enjoyed the solitude for a couple hours.

Sunday night, I met more friends for dinner.  We had a great time.  There was a torrential downpour outside at that point.  After dinner, we sat in the restaurant talking for hours.  Our waiter didn't seem to mind in the least.  When we finally left the restaurant we ran through the rain screaming and laughing to our cars.  We had no umbrellas so we were drenched in a matter of seconds.  

We're from Southern California where it rarely rains - who owns umbrellas?

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I fell asleep Sunday night to wind and rain and angry crashing waves.  It was awesome!  I love the beach during storms.  Mother Nature is one powerful bitch.

The ferocity of the storm woke me on Monday.  It had become even more powerful as I slept.  Palm tree fronds were whipping in the wind.  A chunk flew off the trunk of one palm tree and went flying into the ocean.  I could have sat on my balcony watching the onslaught of the storm for hours.

Instead, I slowly packed my bag and began the long and treacherous drive home.

© Twenty Four At Heart

36 Responses to “Santa Barbara Weekend – Part 2”

  1. Kristen

    Love the watch – I have the same one, only I have the mini urban. It’s fun to switch the bands on it once in awhile.

  2. Kristen

    Love the watch – I have the same one, only I have the mini urban. It’s fun to switch the bands on it once in awhile.

  3. Kristen

    Love the watch – I have the same one, only I have the mini urban. It’s fun to switch the bands on it once in awhile.

  4. Joanne

    South Fla has lots of sub-tropical storms, and I love them. Hurricanes are another story, but still thrilling in a very “are you nuts!?” kind of way. I’m sending you a pic of my house during a hurricane, before and after

  5. Joanne

    South Fla has lots of sub-tropical storms, and I love them. Hurricanes are another story, but still thrilling in a very “are you nuts!?” kind of way. I’m sending you a pic of my house during a hurricane, before and after

  6. Joanne

    South Fla has lots of sub-tropical storms, and I love them. Hurricanes are another story, but still thrilling in a very “are you nuts!?” kind of way. I’m sending you a pic of my house during a hurricane, before and after

  7. Jan

    I’ve enjoyed this post a great deal – I grew up in Dallas, which is on the edge of the Great Plains, and we would get awesome, majestic storms in the spring and fall; thunder, lightening, wind, rain (as well as the occasional tornado). We don’t get thunderstorms here in northeast Ohio very often – I’ve been here five years and can recall…two? (We did have a bitch of a blizzard last year.)
    I love the photos, and wish I had been there with you!

  8. Jan

    I’ve enjoyed this post a great deal – I grew up in Dallas, which is on the edge of the Great Plains, and we would get awesome, majestic storms in the spring and fall; thunder, lightening, wind, rain (as well as the occasional tornado). We don’t get thunderstorms here in northeast Ohio very often – I’ve been here five years and can recall…two? (We did have a bitch of a blizzard last year.)
    I love the photos, and wish I had been there with you!

  9. Jan

    I’ve enjoyed this post a great deal – I grew up in Dallas, which is on the edge of the Great Plains, and we would get awesome, majestic storms in the spring and fall; thunder, lightening, wind, rain (as well as the occasional tornado). We don’t get thunderstorms here in northeast Ohio very often – I’ve been here five years and can recall…two? (We did have a bitch of a blizzard last year.)
    I love the photos, and wish I had been there with you!

  10. Maureen@IslandRoar

    I know what you mean. When there’s a big rainstorm here on the Vineyard, we love to go to the beach and watch the waves. And surfers, who always know where they’ll be biggest. It’s like another world.
    You got some great shots; I like the one of the raindrops on the sidewalk.

  11. Maureen@IslandRoar

    I know what you mean. When there’s a big rainstorm here on the Vineyard, we love to go to the beach and watch the waves. And surfers, who always know where they’ll be biggest. It’s like another world.
    You got some great shots; I like the one of the raindrops on the sidewalk.

  12. Maureen@IslandRoar

    I know what you mean. When there’s a big rainstorm here on the Vineyard, we love to go to the beach and watch the waves. And surfers, who always know where they’ll be biggest. It’s like another world.
    You got some great shots; I like the one of the raindrops on the sidewalk.

  13. Kelly

    I’ve been by the ocean during storms before. It’s awesome!

  14. Kelly

    I’ve been by the ocean during storms before. It’s awesome!

  15. Kelly

    I’ve been by the ocean during storms before. It’s awesome!

  16. Stephen

    Your latest big storm stopped by our neighborhood yesterday afternoon. Humdinger. I put some pics up.

  17. Stephen

    Your latest big storm stopped by our neighborhood yesterday afternoon. Humdinger. I put some pics up.

  18. Stephen

    Your latest big storm stopped by our neighborhood yesterday afternoon. Humdinger. I put some pics up.

  19. Michelle

    Really? A $2,000 watch? What is the point in pointing out the brand? I guess that is an OC thing?

  20. Michelle

    Really? A $2,000 watch? What is the point in pointing out the brand? I guess that is an OC thing?

  21. Michelle

    Really? A $2,000 watch? What is the point in pointing out the brand? I guess that is an OC thing?

  22. Twenty Four At Heart

    No! It was not anywhere close to $2,000!
    (Maybe some of the michelle watches are?)
    I often get emails from people asking “what kind” so instead of answering several emails, I’ve gotten so I include brands in many of my posts … just cuz I know the emails will come.
    No – an OC thing would be to buy a Rolex for 20-30 grand and write an entire post on it!

  23. Twenty Four At Heart

    No! It was not anywhere close to $2,000!
    (Maybe some of the michelle watches are?)
    I often get emails from people asking “what kind” so instead of answering several emails, I’ve gotten so I include brands in many of my posts … just cuz I know the emails will come.
    No – an OC thing would be to buy a Rolex for 20-30 grand and write an entire post on it!

  24. Twenty Four At Heart

    No! It was not anywhere close to $2,000!
    (Maybe some of the michelle watches are?)
    I often get emails from people asking “what kind” so instead of answering several emails, I’ve gotten so I include brands in many of my posts … just cuz I know the emails will come.
    No – an OC thing would be to buy a Rolex for 20-30 grand and write an entire post on it!

  25. Tami

    Sounds to me like Michelle is jealous of your Michelle watch. Why else would she care?

  26. Tami

    Sounds to me like Michelle is jealous of your Michelle watch. Why else would she care?

  27. Tami

    Sounds to me like Michelle is jealous of your Michelle watch. Why else would she care?

  28. Pam

    Nice watches! Funny that I only saw ONE that was even close to $2000. And who cares how much you pay for your watch???? Good for you!

  29. Pam

    Nice watches! Funny that I only saw ONE that was even close to $2000. And who cares how much you pay for your watch???? Good for you!

  30. Pam

    Nice watches! Funny that I only saw ONE that was even close to $2000. And who cares how much you pay for your watch???? Good for you!

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